Griffins get five unanswered goals: Grand Rapids Griffins 5 at Manitoba Moose 1

Griffins get five unanswered goals: Grand Rapids Griffins 5 at Manitoba Moose 1

Griffins get five unanswered goals: Grand Rapids Griffins 5 at Manitoba Moose 1

Comrie pushed aside 26 pucks in a losing effort while Coreau made 32-of-33 saves for his 13th victory of the season.

The Griffins (18-16-1-4) have now won seven of their last eight games, while the Moose (25-7-3-2) have dropped three of their last four. Grand Rapids returns home on Friday night to take on the Cleveland Monsters at Van Andel Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. EST.

The Moose got on the board first when Buddy Robinson scored his 17th goal of the season just 53 seconds into the game. A long rebound off of Jared Coreau slid to the left boards for Mason Appleton who looked up the ice to an open Robinson who skated past two defenders. The 6-6 winger sent a laser over Coreau’s glove for the 1-0 lead.

Holmstrom added his second goal of the game 2:34 into the final frame in dramatic fashion. With a centering pass from the Griffins captain, the Swede native lost control of the puck in front of the net. However, he quickly regained possession at the right edge of the trapezoid behind the net and let off a quick shot at the oddest angle possible. The puck bounced off of Comrie’s left leg, hit the post, caromed off of his back, and into the net for the 4-1 lead.

Dylan McIlrath padded the lead to four with his fourth goal of the campaign. Holmstrom corralled the puck in the right corner of the Manitoba zone and passed it to McIlrath at the blue line. The Winnipeg native took a snap shot that floated between four players and into the net past a screened Comrie for a final score of 5-1.


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