Hamilton Bulldogs 1 at Grand Rapids Griffins 2 - Status: Final
Friday, March 8, 2013 - Van Andel Arena
Hamilton 0 1 0 - 1
Grand Rapids 1 0 1 - 2
1st Period-1, Grand Rapids, Jurco 9 (Aubry, Almquist), 13:43. Penalties-Hagel Ham (cross-checking), 12:33; Skinner Gr (tripping), 13:31.
2nd Period-2, Hamilton, Tenute 5 (Holland, Bournival), 3:45. Penalties-Stortini Ham (fighting), 6:38; Nicastro Gr (fighting), 6:38; Ellis Ham (cross-checking), 8:21; Nyquist Gr (goaltender interference), 10:01; Tenute Ham (double minor - high-sticking), 10:21; Leveille Ham (goaltender interference), 15:54; Evans Gr (roughing), 15:54; Leblanc Ham (cross-checking), 17:48.
3rd Period-3, Grand Rapids, Jurco 10 (Ferraro, Almquist), 9:12. Penalties-Beaulieu Ham (fighting), 20:00; Evans Gr (slashing, fighting), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 8-12-11-31. Grand Rapids 11-12-10-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 1; Grand Rapids 0 / 5.
Goalies-Hamilton, Tokarski 22-11-4 (33 shots-31 saves). Grand Rapids, Mrazek 19-9-1 (31 shots-30 saves).
Referees-David Banfield (77).
Linesmen-Bob Marcis (65), Jesse Pletsch (51).
I watched the 1st period and really liked that 2nd line Jurco-Ferraro-Mursak, as well as Almqvist on the backend. He's so smooth with the puck in his own zone, made a lot of great opening plays. And he doesn't look that small anymore so I'm starting to believe he could be a NHLer if he works on his skating and gains weight.
I think Jurco is a prime break out candidate next year. I haven't any Griffin games recently but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if next year he had .8 P/G or even was a P/G. He should be the main offensive option next year with Sheahan/Jarnkrok/ as his center, either of them are able to produce offensively. He'll have a quite a bit of offensive up front with him again & even more on the backend.
Highlights for tonight's game are up on the Griffins YT page.
Thanks for posting. I like those Griffins uniforms. Good to see Jurco break out a bit. Also nice work by Aubry to be able to push past a defender along the boards to set Jurco up on that first goal. Looks like it was another strong outing for Mrazek.