St. John's Maple Leafs Game 45: Preview and Review: Sat. Jan. 17th, 2004
It is Saturday, January 17th, 2004.
The St. John's Maple Leafs bus pulls into Grand Rapids riding a six game unbeaten streak that includes three wins and three ties. The Maple Leafs are 1-0-1-0 on this current three game road trip and they will try and add to that tonight with a win. The Leafs started this road trip against the West Division clubs with a 3-3 tie against 2nd place Chicago and last night they defeated 3rd place Milwaukee 4-3. They will now try their luck against the 1st place Grand Rapids Griffins. The Leafs and Griffins have met three times so far this season and the Rapids lead the season series 2-0-1-0. These clubs met twice back in November at Mile One Stadium where the Griffins defeated the Leafs 3-1 on Nov. 21st and they played to a 3-3 tie on Nov. 22nd. The Griffins defeated the Leafs in the third meeting of the season this time at the Van Andel Arena on Dec. 6th. Game Time is 7:30 pm Eastern (9:00 pm Newfoundland Time).
The Maple Leafs enter tonight's game having played 44 games this season and they an Overall Record of 20-18-5-1. The Leafs with the win last night against the Admirals improved to 11-11-1-1 on the road after 24 games. The Leafs are 4-3-3-0 in their Last-10, 1-0-1-0 on this current road trip and unbeaten in their last six games (3-0-3-0). The Leafs have scored 126 goals this season, but they have given up 137. The Leafs powerplay was key last night and they improved to 38-for-237 (16.03%). The Leafs penalty killing was also key last night, they have given up 45 PPGA in 230 TSH (80.43%). The Leafs are currently T-2nd place in the North Division with the Amerks.
Leafs Leading Scorers:
Aaron Gavey 13-22-35
(11th in the AHL in scoring)
Kyle Wellwood 8-23-31
(T-22nd in the AHL in scoring, T-1st in Rookie Scoring)
Brad Leeb 15-14-29
Harold Druken 14-14-28
Jeff Daw 6-17-23
Leafs Goaltending Statistics:
Sebastien Centomo 8-9-2 with a 2.67 GAA and a .918 SPCT
Mikael Tellqvist 7-5-1 with a 2.45 GAA and a .923 SPCT
Jamie Hodson 3-5-1 with a 4.48 GAA and a .869 SPCT
Leafs PIM Leader:
Kris Newbury 109 PIM in 42 games
The Grand Rapids Griffins are having a great season so far. The Griffins have played 42 games this season and they have an Overall Record of 24-12-6-0. The Griffins have been strong both at home and on the road this season. The Griffins have played 20 games at the Van Andel Arena and they have a record of 10-5-5-0. The Griffins have played 22 games on the road this season and they have a record of 14-7-1-0. The Griffins are 5-3-2-0 in their Last-10 games and are entering tonight's game on a six game unbeaten streak (4-0-2-0). The Griffins are coming off of a 4-3 overtime win against the Wolves. The Griffins are 1st in the West Division.
Grand Rapids Leading Scorers:
Nathan Robinson 16-16-32
(T-17th in the AHL in Scoring)
Michel Picard 8-22-30
Kevin Miller 14-11-25
Grand Rapids Goaltending Statistics:
Marc Lamothe 14-10-4 with a 1.97 GAA and a .924 SPCT
(Ranked 6th in the AHL among goaltenders)
Joey MacDonald 9-2-2 with a 2.36 GAA and a .924 SPCT
Grand Rapids PIM Leader:
Ryan Barnes 79 PIM in 39 games
Leafs Lose in OT...Barrett Nets Leafs Marker...Miller Gets GWG
St. John's Maple Leafs 1
Grand Rapids Griffins 2
Leafs Lose In Overtime...Kevin Miller Scores GWG...Barrett Nets Leafs Marker
The St. John's Maple Leafs unbeaten streak is snapped at six games as they drop a 2-1 overtime decision to the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday night at the Van Andel Arena. With the loss the Leafs are now 20-18-5-2 on the season, they finish the road trip with a 1-0-1-1 record and they drop to 11-11-1-2 on the road. The Maple Leafs played a good road game but it was not meant to be in the end. The Griffins took a 1-nothing lead into the first intermission, the Leafs tied the game in the second period, there was no scoring in the third period and then Kevin Miller scored the winner in overtime for the Griffins. The Leafs will now return home and have nine days off before they host the Hamilton Bulldogs on the 27th of January.
Both teams traded chances in the opening 20 minutes but it was the Griffins who found the back of the net. The Griffins took a 1-nothing lead with a late goal off the stick of Nathan Robinson, his 17th of the season, with the assists to Derek King and Anders Myrvold at the 19:15 mark on the powerplay. Shots in the first period were 11-7 in favor of the Griffins.
The Maple Leafs picked their game up in the middle stanza and outshot the Griffins 6-nothing at one point. The Maple Leafs tied the game with an early powerplay goal of their own off the stick of Nathan Barrett, his 8th of the season, with the assists to Regan Kelly and Kyle Wellwood at the 4:18 mark. Both teams would trade chances throughout the period but it was the goaltenders that were holding their ground. Shots in the second period were 9-6 in favor of the Maple Leafs, 17-16 in favor of the Griffins after 40 minutes.
There was no scoring in the third period and both goaltenders were strong making 10 saves each in the period. Shots after regulation were 27-26 in favor of the Griffins.
The Admirals would get the winner at the 2:40 mark of the extra session. Kevin Miller scored his 15th of the season, with the assists to Jiri Hudler and Danny Groulx. Leafs unbeaten streak snapped at six games but they still earn an important point. Shots in the overtime were 1-1, 28-27 overall in the game in favor of the Griffins.
1 Kevin Miller: GWG
2 Nathan Robinson: G
3 Marc Lamothe: 26 saves
GCHWP: Nathan Barrett
Leafs Overall: 20-18-5-2
Leafs Road Record: 11-11-1-2
Leafs Finish Road Trip with a 1-0-1-1 record
Unbeaten Streak snapped at six games
Hodson 3-6-1, 26 saves
Leafs 1-for-5 on the PP
Griffins 1-for-3 on the PP
Carlo Colaiacovo (TOR), Jeff Daw (I), Harold Druken (I), Sebastien Centomo (I), Clarke Wilm (TOR) and Pierre Hedin (TOR).
Forwards: Robb Palahnuk-Kris Newbury-Ben Ondrus
Defence: Marc Moro-Jay Harrison
Leafs Line Combinations: