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GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Griffins waved goodbye to Van Andel Arena and hello to the toughest part of the remaining schedule.
The Griffins yielded a goal each period Friday and lost, 3-2, to Rockford before 10,449 at Van Andel Arena in what was their last home game until March 29.
The Griffins got a first-period goal from Matthew Ford and Turner Elson closed the gap with five minutes in the third, but fell despite a season-high 48 shots.
The team board a bus afterward for Milwaukee and a game Saturday, and then will depart Sunday for San Antonio.
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In all, they will be on the road for six games – their longest of the season -with four in Texas (against Texas and San Antonio) and wont be back in Grand Rapids until after the March 26 game at Iowa.
It was important because we talked about it before the game that we wont have another home game until March 29, coach Ben Simon said of the final home game in awhile. Its a tough, long road trip were going on, but sometimes these road trips can be good for team building.
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In fact, most of the rest of the regular season is a road trip. Of the 15 remaining games, only four more are at home.
If we want to have home ice for the playoffs, were going to have to earn it on the road, Ford said. Weve been a good team at home but this where were going to kind of see our true colors coming into the end of the season.
The schedule will be a challenge for the Griffins. They have one of the best records in the league at home (22-6-3-3) but are 11-12-3-1 on the road. Plus, the playoff race is tight with seven points separating teams in fourth through eighth.
Weve had a lot of success here this year, Ford said. This past month, weve had a lot of games at home but it doesnt matter whether its home or away. As we get into this stretch run, its about playing the right way.
We have to realize there are a lot of teams fighting for their lives for the playoffs. And it doesnt matter where we are right now because that can change in a week and a half.