Griffins Weekly Report; March 26, 2016

(March 19th-26th)


 

MONDAY: Spencer Martin stopped all 31 shots he faced as the

Grand Rapids Griffins right wing Zach Nastasiuk (37) tangles with San Antonio Rampage left wing Trevor Cheek (39) during the first period of an AHL hockey game, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/AHL)
GR Griffins right wing Zach Nastasiuk (37). 

Grand Rapids Griffins had their 13-game winning streak come to an end, falling to the San Antonio Rampage 2-0 on Sunday at AT&T Center.

Despite turning aside 39 of 41 shots, Jake Paterson remains in search of his first AHL victory. The Griffins were two wins shy from matching a franchise record 15-game run set earlier this season, lasting from Nov. 18 to Dec. 26, 2015. The result also snapped the Rampage’s eight-game losing skid.


 

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to theJared Coreau Grand Rapids Griffins. Recalled by the Red Wings last Thursday, Coreau has served as a backup during Detroit’s last two games – a 3-1 win at Columbus on Thursday and a 5-3 victory at Florida on Saturday.


 

The Detroit Red Wings on Monday signed forward Eric Tangradi to a two-year contract extension. Tangradi is among the Griffins’ leaders this season and has established new career highs for goals (24), assists (25) and points (49).


 

TUESDAY: Tom McCollum turned aside 30 shots, but his individual seven-game winning

streak was snapped as the Grand Rapids Griffins fell to the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 on Tuesday at AT&T Center.

Spencer Martin also stopped 30 shots as the Rampage swept the season series against Grand Rapids. The Griffins return to Van Andel Arena for their 12th and final regular season meeting against the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday at 7 p.m.


 

WEDNESDAY: The Grand Rapids Griffins announced the hiring of Steve Horstmann as ticket operations manager.

Horstmann, 24, spent the last two years serving as a group sales coordinator for the Great Lakes Loons, the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He managed sales and service for all group hospitality venues at Dow Diamond and assisted in box office operations.

A native of Cassopolis, Mich., Horstmann earned two degrees from Central Michigan University: a master of arts in sport administration in 2015 and a bachelor of applied arts in sport management in 2013.


 

FRIDAY: The Detroit Red Wings reassigned defenseman Vili Saarijarvi
Vili (VIH-lee SAH-ree-YAHR-vee) to the Grand Rapids Griffins from the OHL’s Flint Firebirds.

The 5-foot-10, 163-pound blueliner ranked third on the team in points (12-31—43), fifth in goals (12) and second in assists (31).

A native of Rovaniemi, Finland, Saarijarvi played four seasons in Finnish junior leagues before competing in the USHL and helped the Finns win the gold medal during the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.


 

The Detroit Red Wings have reassigned goaltender Jake Paterson to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

In his second career AHL start, Paterson recorded 39 saves in Grand Rapids’ 2-0 loss at San Antonio last Sunday. In two games for the Griffins this season, Paterson shows a 3.11 goals against average, a 0.928 save percentage and a 0-2-0 record.


 

SATURDAY: Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor were on hand to roam and protect the concourse on Superhero Night at Van Andel Arena. The Lake Erie Monsters built a 4-0 lead over
the game’s first 23 minutes en route to a 5-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at Van Andel Arena.Griffins-Rampage

The fourth-place Monsters claimed their third win in as many nights against Central Division powers, having already earned consecutive home wins over third-place Rockford, while the second-place Griffins lost their third straight game on the heels of a 13-game winning streak.

After playing what was their only home contest in a span of 26 days, the Griffins will head back on the road for four games next week.


 

photo credits: (Darren Abate/AHL) (Mark Newman/AHL)