Griffins edge Wolves, 5-4November 6, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) Chicago Wolves
Left wing Brett Sterling wasted no time opening scoring for Chicago (5-7-0-1), flicking a pass from Scott Lehman past Griffins netminder Daniel Larsson just 21 seconds into the game. Right wing Andrew Kozek followed suit to make the Wolves lead two when he ripped a shot past Larsson from the near circle 6:50 into the contest, but the lead was short-lived.
Right wing Jamie Tardif started things off for Grand Rapids (7-4-0-0) 7:46 into the first frame to make the score, 2-1. The Griffins intercepted a Wolves clearing attempt, and center Evan McGrath drove towards the net and sent a quick centering pass to Tardif, who flipped it past Chicago netminder Manny Legace.
Center Cory Emmerton evened the score for Grand Rapids, 2-2, 3:36 into the second period when he crashed the net and the puck was lost in the scrum, trickling over the line amidst the commotion.
Emmerton added his second of the game to give the Griffins a 3-2 lead, 7:15 into the second frame. John Vigilante picked the puck up in the right corner and sent it across to a streaking Emmerton, who caught it right at the goal mouth and popped it past Legace.
Grand Rapids increased their lead to two, 4-2, when right wing Jeremy Williams fired a long shot past Legace, top shelf, just 52 seconds later, chasing the goaltender from the game in favor of backup Drew MacIntyre.
Legace posted 10 saves on 14 shots in 28:07 of action, while MacIntyre (3-5-0) stopped eight of nine shots he faced in 30:30, taking the eventual loss.
Johnny Pohl brought the Wolves back within one, 4-3, when he walked into the Griffins zone, hesitated while a defender fell out of position, and cranked a shot past Larsson at 13:28 of the second frame.
Larsson (4-2-0) posted 28 saves for the Griffins.
Jan Mursak iced the game for Grand Rapids with the eventual game-winner when a turnover in the neutral zone gave him room to move in and fling a shot past MacIntyre with 2:39 left to play.
Joey Crabb knocked home a centering pass from Pohl in the corner with 20 seconds left to play, to bring the score to 5-4, but time ran out on the Wolves comeback.
The Wolves continue their season-high six-game road trip in Texas next weekend, when they visit the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center on Fri., Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
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