02/01/2013 10:34 PM
Hamilton, Ontario – The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1 on Friday night at Copps Coliseum. Tomas Tatar completed the hat trick and Gustav Nyquist notched a goal and added two assists.
The Griffins got on the board first at 1:22 of the opening frame on a goal by Nyquist. After receiving the puck in the slot from Nathan Paetsch, Nyquist wristed a low shot past Hamilton Bulldogs starting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. Tatar scored another tally for Grand Rapids at 19:49 of the first period after coming out from behind the net and backhanding a shot over the shoulder of Desjardins.
The Bulldogs got on the board at 5:41 of the second stanza on a goal by Frederic St-Denis who took a shot from the point which found its way through the crowd and eluded Grand Rapids Griffins starting goaltender Petr Mrazek.
The Griffins took a two-goal lead at 15:43 of the second period on Tatar’s second goal of the game. Tatar skated down the right side and lifted a backhand over Desjardins from the edge of the right circle.
Luke Glendening potted a fourth marker for Grand Rapids at 15:45 of the third frame and then Tatar tallied his third goal after picking up his own rebound and sliding it under Desjardins at 17:31. The Griffins outshot the Bulldogs 26-22.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Marlies in Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. All ‘Dogs games will be broadcast on Hamilton's Funny 820 (AM 820). Fans can also listen to and watch all 'Dogs games on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. Live coverage with the broadcast team of Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills (all home and away games) and Colour Commentator Al Craig (all home and select away games) will begin with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
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1. GR – Gustav Nyquist – 15 – (Nathan Paetsch, Adam Almquist) – 1:22
2. GR – Tomas Tatar – 17 – (Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist) – 19:49
3. HAM – Frederic St-Denis – 4 – 5:41
4. GR – Tomas Tatar – 18 – (Joakim Andersson, Chad Billins) – 15:43
5. GR – Luke Glendening – 4 – (Triston Grant, Trevor Parkes) – 15:45
6. GR – Tomas Tatar – 19 – (Gustav Nyquist, Nathan Paetsch) – 17:31
Grand Rapids: 2-1-2—5
Grand Rapids: 11-6-9—26
Grand Rapids: Petr Mrazek (W – 22 shots, 21 saves)
Hamilton: Cedrick Desjardins (L – 26 shots, 21 saves)
Grand Rapids: 0-for-2
1. GR – Tomas Tatar (3 goals, +4, 5 shots)
2. GR – Gustav Nyquist (1 goal, 2 assists, +4, 6 shots)
3. HAM – Frederic St-Denis (1 goal, 3 shots)
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