Griffins Whip Moose in Season Opener
WINNIPEG, MB – Winnipeg’s own Dylan McIlrath and Peter Stoykewich each scored a goal but McIlrath’s team got the upper hand.
The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three unanswered goals in the first period and then coasted to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League season opener in Grand Rapids on Friday night.
This was a no-doubter early as Ryan Sproul scored at 8:41 of the opening period and then Dominic Turgeon scored at 10:14 and Colin Campbell tallied at 17:15 as the Griffins took the early lead and never relinquished it.
At the 3:22 mark of the second period, Manitoba’s Cameron Schilling set up teammate Cam Maclise with the first goal of the season for the Moose. That made it 3-1. But Turner Elson scored at 17:05 to make it 4-1 after 40 minutes.
The Moose were on fire to start the third, firing the first six shots of the period at Grand Rapids’ netminder Jared Coreau. Stoykewych pounded home the puck after a scramble in front at 9:37 of the third to make it 4-2 Grand Rapids, McIlrath tallied his first of the season at 18:25 to put an exclamation point on the Griffins win.
In the end, Manitoba outshot Grand Rapids 29-22, but Coreau outdueled Moose netminder Eric Comrie. Manitobe is now 0-1-0-0 while Grand Rapids is 1-0-0-0.
The Moose and Griffins go at it again on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. CDT. Tune in to the action live from Grand Rapids with Mitch Peacock at moosehockey.com/listenlive starting 15 minutes before the opening faceoff.
Scott Taylor, MyToba Sports
Photo by Rusty Barton