The San Diego Gulls ended the Grand Rapids Griffins’ eight-game point streak on Saturday with a 3-1 win in Grand Rapids.
Brent Gates Jr. scored the decisive goal with 6:07 left in the third period. Matt Puempel scored a power-play goal with assists to Taro Hirose and Dennis Cholowski. Filip Zadina didn’t play because of a minor injury.
The Griffins (20-20-2-4), who played eight home games in the last 16 days, will be off during the AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday. The next game is Friday against the Iowa Wild.
Box score: San Diego 3, Grand Rapids 1
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Gulls 3 (OT)
The Detroit Red Wings assigned defenseman Dennis Cholowski, goaltender Calvin Pickard and forwards Givani Smith and Filip Zadina to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Zadina, 20, has averaged 14:52 of ice time in 26 games with the Red Wings this season and ranks among the team’s leaders with 15 points (8th), eight goals (6th) and four power-play goals (T3rd).
Cholowski, 21, has split his second pro season between Grand Rapids and Detroit. He has totaled eight points (2-6—8) and four penalty minutes while averaging 19:33 of ice time in 30 games for the Red Wings.
Smith, 21, has split the 2019-20 campaign between the Red Wings and Griffins. In 15 games during his NHL debut, Smith has produced three points (2-1—3) and five PIM in 10:19 average ice time.
Pickard, 27, has made three appearances for the Detroit this season and became the 181st Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he recorded 29 saves in his Red Wings debut on Nov. 29 at Philadelphia.
The Griffins (19-19-2-4) are on a season-high, seven-game point streak and continue their eight-game homestand against the San Diego Gulls on Friday.
Game 44: Griffins edge Wild in shootout
Box score:Grand Rapids 4, Iowa 3 (SO)
Grand Rapids forward Chris Terry scored in the final minute of regulation then tallied in the first round of the shootout to help power the Griffins to a 4-3 victory on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena.
The Griffins extended their season-high point streak to seven games (5-0-0-2), improved to 4-0-0-2 on their homestand, clawed back to the .500-mark for the first time since late November and remained in a tie with Texas for fourth place in the Central Division.
Grand Rapids (19-19-2-4) will conclude its marathon eight-game homestand by hosting the San Diego Gulls on Friday and Saturday.
Box score: Belleville 4, Grand Rapids 3 (SO)
The Grand Rapids Griffins extended their season-high point streak to six games (4-0-0-2) with a 4-3 shootout loss against the Belleville Senators on Saturday night at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
First-round draft pick Evgeny Svechnikov was named the second star with a goal and two shots. He has six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 33 games.
First-round picks Dennis Cholowski also scored a goal with five shots and Michael Rasmussen had an assist and five shots. Taro Hirose added two assists.
Grand Rapids (18-19-2-4) will continue the homestand on Wednesday against the Iowa Wild.
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Rockford 1
The Grand Rapids Griffins extended their season-high point streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs on Friday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Captain Matthew Ford skated in his 700th AHL game with a goal and an assist, goalie Pat Nagle of Bloomfield Hills made 21 saves and first-round pick Moritz Seider had a season-high six shots and one assist for Grand Rapids (18-19-2-3).
Seider was also plus two and picked up a point for the second time in three games after going 10 games with only one assist and a minus-9 rating. In 32 games, he has two goals, 12 assists, 14 points and is minus-8.
The Griffins’ eight-game home stretch will continue Saturday when they host the Belleville Senators for the first time this season at 7 p.m.
Box score:Rockford 2, Grand Rapids 1 (SO)
Red Wings first-round draft pick Joe Veleno scored the only goal for the Grand Rapids Griffins in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Veleno had a season-high six shots and scored his sixth goal in 32 games.
The Griffins (17-19-2-3) will face the IceHogs again on Friday in Grand Rapids.
Former first-round draft pick Michael Rasmussen scored two goals and was named the first star in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 6-2 victory over the Manitoba Moose on Saturday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Rasmussen, who missed 23 games with an injury before returning in Friday’s 1-0 win over Manitoba, has 11 points in 12 games.
First-round picks Moritz Seider and Dennis Cholowski scored goals and Joe Veleno had one assist. For Cholowski, it was his first career AHL goal in 40 games.
The Griffins (17-19-2-2) will host Rockford on Wednesday during the season-high, eight-game homestand.
Box score:Grand Rapids 6, Moose 2
Game 39: Pickard blanks Moose
Box score:Grand Rapids 1, Manitoba 0
The Detroit Red Wings reassigned defenseman Moritz Seider from Germany’s U20 national team and center Joe Veleno from Canada’s U20 national team to the Grand Rapids Griffins in time for an eight-game homestand, which begins on Friday against the Manitoba Moose at Van Andel Arena.
Veleno, 19, helped Canada win a gold medal after leading the team in average time on ice (19:13) and placing sixth with six points (1+5=6) in six games. Drafted 30th overall by the Red Wings in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Veleno has 12 points (5+7=12) in 29 games with the Griffins.
As captain of Germany’s national team, Seider, 18, led the club’s defensemen in scoring and tied for second overall on the team with six points (0+6=6) in seven games. He led the tournament in average ice time (25:20). Selected sixth overall by Detroit in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Seider has 12 points (1+11=12) in 28 AHL games.
Griffins defenseman Joe HIcketts scored a goal in a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
Hicketts ended an 11-game goalless drought with his second goal of the season.
Turner Elson and Dominic Turgeon scored the other goals and goaltender Calvin Pickard made 29 saves for Grand Rapids.
The Griffins (15-19-2-2) will return to Van Andel Arena on Friday night to face the Manitoba Moose at 7 to start an eight-game homestand.
Game 38:Griffins rally to beat Admirals
Box score:Grand Rapids 3, Milwaukee 2
Box score:San Antonio 5, Grand Rapids 4
The Grand Rapids Griffins were blanked by former NTDP goalie Jake Oettinger in a 4-0 loss against the Texas Stars on Saturday night at the H-E-B Center.
Oettinger was named first star with 33 saves and now has 61 saves in two shutouts against Grand Rapids.
The Griffins (14-18-2-2) will face San Antonio on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Game 36:Griffins blanked by Stars
Box score:Texas 4, Grand Rapids 0
Game 35: Griffins down Rampage
Box score:Grand Rapids 5, San Antonio 3
Bloomfield Township’s Pat Nagle was named the game’s third star with 22 saves in Grand Rapids’ 2-0 loss against the Chicago Wolves in the annual New Year’s Eve game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
Nagle, who extended a career-best by making his fourth straight AHL start, has a 1-4-1 record with a 2.32 goals against average and a 0.914 save percentage in seven appearances for Grand Rapids this season. His GAA ranks 10th among AHL netminders who’ve played at least 380 minutes this season.
The Griffins were missing eight regulars due to injuries, loans to the World Junior Championship (Moritz Seider, Joe Veleno) and recalls to Detroit (Givani Smith).
Grand Rapids (13-17-2-2) have been shut out in consecutive home games for just the third time in franchise history and will begin a four-game road trip in San Antonio on Friday.
Game 34: Griffins blanked on New Year’s Eve
Box score: Chicago 2, Grand Rapids 0
Grand Rapids captain Matthew Ford scored two goals in a 3-2 win in Milwaukee to earn a weekend split against the Admirals at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Taro Hirose had two assists and Dennis Cholowski had an assist on Turner Elson’s game-winner with under two minutes to play.
The Griffins (13-16-2-2) will round out the 2019 calendar year with a New Year’s Eve game against the Chicago Wolves at Van Andel Arena.
Game 33:Griffins sink Admirals
Box score:Grand Rapids 3, Milwaukee 2
Game 32:Griffins blanked by Admirals
Box score:Milwaukee 3, Grand Rapids 0
Forward Taro Hirose scored a goal for Grand Rapids in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Iowa Wild on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Hirose has a three-game scoring streak (1+2=3) with four goals and three assists in eight games with the Griffins.
The game marked the end of a six-game road trip for Grand Rapids (12-15-2-2). The Griffins will return to Van Andel Arena for the first time since Dec. 6 as they host the Milwaukee Admirals on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.
Box score:Iowa 4, Grand Rapids 3 (OT)
Grand Rapids: Player stats
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots in Grand Rapids’ 4-2 loss against the Iowa Wild on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Howard, who was named the first star in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the San Diego Gulls with 30 saves, will be back in goal for the Red Wings on Sunday when Detroit hosts the Arizona Coyotes at Little Caesars Arena.
Also Friday, Taro Hirose extended his point streak to two games (0+2=2) and Dennis Cholowski also extended his point streak to two games (0+2=2).
The Griffins (12-15-1-2) will finish their season-high six-game road trip tonight in a rematch against the Wild at 8 p.m.
Box score:Iowa 4, Grand Rapids 2
Box score: Grand Rapids 3, San Diego 2 (OT)
The Grand Rapids Griffins had their three-game point streak come to an end on Saturday in a 2-1 loss against the Bakersfield Condors at Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif.
Clinton Township’s Tyler Spezia scored the only goal for the Griffins (11-14-1-2), who will head back to San Diego to play the Gulls on Tuesday.
In Friday’s 6-5 overtime win over the Condors, Joe Veleno and Taro Hirose had two goals apiece and Dennis Cholowski was minus-3 for Grand Rapids.
In two games with the Griffins, Cholowski and Kyle Wood are both scoreless. Cholowski has seven shots and is minus-3. Wood, who was acquired from Carolina for Oliwer Kaski, is plus 1 in two games.
Box score:Bakersfield 2, Grand Rapids 1
Game 27: Griffins edge Condors in overtime
Box score:Grand Rapids 6, Bakersfield 5 (OT)
Defenseman Madison Bowey assisted on the game-winning goal in his Grand Rapids debut on Wednesday as the Griffins defeated the San Diego Gulls 4-3 at Pechanga Arena in San Diego.
Bowey, who played for three years in the AHL with Washington’s farm team in Hershey, had an assist on Matthew Ford’s goal with 1:27 left in the third period.
Forward Givani Smith was named the first star with one goal and one assist. Defensemen Dennis Cholowski and Dylan McIlrath and forward Filip Zadina were not in the lineup after being assigned to Grand Rapids this week.
The Griffins (10-13-1-2) continue their road trip with two games against the Bakersfield Condors on Friday and Saturday.
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, San Diego 3
Eric Tangradi scored in his return to the Grand Rapids Griffins after signing a one-year contract 90 minutes before the opening faceoff, but the Griffins lost to the Rockford IceHogs 2-1 in a shootout on Friday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Tangradi, a member of Grand Rapids’ 2017 Calder Cup championship team, began this season by playing for Astana Barys of the Kontinental Hockey League,
The Griffins (9-13-1-2) will begin a six-game road swing to California and Iowa on Wednesday when they visit the San Diego Gulls.
Box score:Rockford 2, Grand Rapids 1 (SO)
Former Spartan Taro Hirose scored in his AHL debut during Grand Rapids’ 5-2 loss at home against the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena.
Hirose had two goals and five assists and a minus-11 rating in 23 games with the Red Wings this year. Filip Zadina was scoreless and minus-2.
The Griffins have lost six games in a row, the team’s most since a franchise record-tying seven-game skid nearly 10 years ago (Jan. 17-Feb. 3, 2010).
Grand Rapids (9-13-1-1) will host the Rockford IceHogs on Friday at 7 p.m.
Game 24:Wolves prey on Griffins
Box score:Chicago 5, Grand Rapids 2
The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped their fourth consecutive game on Friday night at Van Andel Arena as the Manitoba Moose won 4-2 in Grand Rapids.
Goaltender Filip Larsson was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 17 shots. He replaced Calvin Pickard, who became the 181st Griffin to play in the NHL on Friday. Pickard allowed six goals in the Red Wings’ 6-1 loss in Philadelphia.
The Griffins (9-11-1-1) will be in Rockford to face the IceHogs Saturday.
Game 22: Griffins drop 4-2 decision to Moose
Box score:Manitoba 4, Grand Rapids 2
Box score: Chicago 5, Grand Rapids 2
First-round draft pick Evgeny Svechnikov tried a lacrosse-style wraparound shot but failed to score in Grand Rapids’ 5-0 loss against the Milwaukee Admirals at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Svechnikov’s younger brother, Andrei, scored on a similar lacrosse-style attempt for Carolina against Calgary goalie Rittich earlier this year. The Hurricanes will face the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Evgeny Svechnikov and the Griffins were shutout for the second time this season as the Admirals picked up their tenth straight victory, tying for most in franchise history.
Filip Zadina’s season-high, six-game point streak also came to an end. Grand Rapids (9-9-1-1) will be in Chicago on Wednesday.
Box score: Milwaukee 5, Grand Rapids 0
Game 19: Griffins lose to red-hot Admirals
Box score: Milwaukee 3, Grand Rapids 2
First-round draft pick Moritz Seider scored his first AHL goal and added an assist in Grand Rapids’ 4-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
Filip Zadina, back in the lineup after missing Saturday’s game in Rockford because of an injury, earned an assist to extend his point streak to five games (3+4=7).
The Griffins (9-7-1-1) will begin a weekend home-and-home series with Milwaukee on Friday when they welcome the Admirals to Van Andel Arena for a 7 p.m. start.
Box score:Grand Rapids 4, San Antonio 3
Game 17: Griffins manage split against the Rockford
Box score: Rockford 5, Grand Rapids 2
First-round draft pick Evgeny Svechnikov scored two goals in Grand Rapids’ 5-2 loss against the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill.
Svechnikov was named the third star of the game with nine shots and was plus one. He has three goals and four assists for seven points and is minus five in nine games.
Game 16: Griffins’ offense sizzles in win over IceHogs
Box score: Grand Rapids 5, Rockford 2
Game 15: Griffins score twice in final minute to beat Monsters
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Cleveland 2
First-round draft pick Joe Veleno was named the first star in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Monsters in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Veleno scored the winning goal at 19:18 of the third period. He has three goals and one assist and is minus-14 in 15 games this year.
Filip Zadina added a goal and Moritz Seider and Michael Rasmussen had assists.
The Griffins settled for a split of the weekend series against the Marlies after dropping a 5-2 decision against Toronto at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Saturday.
Filip Zadina was named the game’s third star with a power-play goal. On Friday, Zadina scored a goal in a 4-1 win over the Marlies.
Zadina has goals in two straight games after going minus-4 and scoreless in his two previous games.
The Griffins wore camouflage jerseys on the weekend in honor of Military Appreciation Weekend.
Grand Rapids (6-6-1-1) will travel to Cleveland on Tuesday for a game against the Monsters.
Box score:Toronto 5, Grand Rapids 2
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Toronto 1
The Griffins allowed a franchise-record three shorthanded goals in a 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Monsters in the annual school day game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Wednesday morning.
First-round pick Moritz Seider extended his scoring streak to five games with an assist (0+6=6 points) but he was minus-three. Seider has seven assists in 12 games and is minus-two in his rookie season.
The Griffins (5-5-1-1) will host the Toronto Marlies on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Box score: Cleveland 5, Grand Rapids 3
The heavy-hearted Griffins lost 5-3 to the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Saturday, one day after the death of long-time video coach Bill LeRoy.
LeRoy, a member of the coaching staff since 2001, died on Friday in Winnipeg. He was 56. A moment of silence was held before the game to honor LeRoy.
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who worked with LeRoy when Blashill coached in Grand Rapids, said LeRoy “was a good friend and great man, a great hockey man, and loved being part of the Griffins.
“He cared deeply about the organization and the players. He’s been around hockey going back to the days in Kalamazoo in the IHL with Ken Hitchcock and a bunch of people. He had an unreal amount of experience.
“I would pick his brain a ton when I was down there. He was just a really great person and he didn’t deserve this. He deserved to keep living. It’s a sad day for sure.”
Box score: Manitoba 5, Grand Rapids 3
Game 9: Wild down Griffins in overtime
Box score:Iowa 4, Grand Rapids 3 (OT)
First-round draft picks Joe Veleno and Filip Zadina scored goals for the Griffins in a 4-3 loss in overtime against the Iowa Wild on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Veleno scored the game-tying goal and Zadina opened the scoring.
Former Ferris State forward Gerald Mayhew scored the OT winner for the Wild.
The Griffins (5-2-1-1) finished the four-game homestand with a 3-0-1-0 record and will head to Manitoba for games against the Moose on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Box score: Grand Rapids 6, Texas 4
Down 3-0 in the first period and 4-3 entering the third period on Saturday, the Griffins mounted a comeback to stun the Texas Stars 6-4 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
The Griffins have won three in a row and are off to their best start in 11 years.
Ryan Kuffner was named the second star with the game-tying goal.
First-round draft pick Joe Veleno scored his first goal in the Griffins’ 4-1 victory over the Manitoba Moose on Friday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Veleno has one goal, nine shots and is minus-six in seven games.
Matt Puempel recorded his first AHL hat trick and goalie Calvin Pickard allowed his first goal in more than two games.
Game 7: Puempel’s trick is a treat
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Manitoba 1
Game 6: Pickard shuts out Admirals
Box score: Grand Rapids 3, Milwaukee 0
Grand Rapids goalie Calvin Pickard made 26 saves and first-round pick Michael Rasmussen was named the third star with two assists in the Griffins’ 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
The game featured the debut of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who was put on waivers by the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Ericsson, who played 176 games for Grand Rapids from 2006-09, set a new standard for the longest time span between Griffins appearances at 3,888 days, or 10 years, 7 months and 22 days (March 1, 2009 to Oct. 23, 2019).
The record had been held by Jimmy Howard at 2,831 days, or seven years, eight months and 28 days (May 6, 2009 to Feb. 4, 2017).
The Griffins improved to 3-2-0-1 and kicked off their four-game home stand with their first home-ice win of the season. They’ll host the Manitoba Moose on Friday at 7 p.m.
Game 5: Offense stalls in loss to Stars
The Griffins suffered their first regulation road loss and were held scoreless for the first time this season, falling 3-0 against the Stars on Saturday night at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.
Box score: Texas 3, Grand Rapids 0
The Griffins fought back from a two-goal deficit in the third period but eventually fell 4-3 in a shootout against the Texas Stars on Friday night at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.
Matt Puempel was named the third star with a power-play goal and an assist.
Box score: Texas 4, Grand Rapids 3 (SO)
The Griffins picked up their second road win of the season after defeating the Rockford IceHogs 4-2 on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Ill.
Filip Larsson earned his first professional victory in his debut, saving 24 shots.
Box score: Grand Rapids 4, Rockford 2
Troy Grosenick turned aside all but one of the 39 shots he saw on Friday to spoil the home opener for the Griffins and backstop the Milwaukee Admirals to a 4-1 win at Van Andel Arena.
Chris Terry scored the Griffins’ only goal
Box score: Milwaukee 4, Grand Rapids 1
The Griffins opened up the regular season with an 8-5 victory against the Chicago Wolves on Saturday night at Allstate Arena in Chicago.
Matthew Ford led the Griffins with a career-high-tying four-point night.
Box score: Grand Rapids 8, Chicago 5