The Grand Rapids Griffins were looking to tie up the series against the Texas Stars, but instead were shutout four to nothing and looked lost on the ice.
The Texas Stars now lead the series 2-0 against the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL Western Conference semifinals.
Brendan Ranford and Justin Dowling scored two goals a piece for Texas and Cristopher Nilstorp stopped all thirty shots the Grand Rapids Griffins could muster against him.
Ranford’s goal in the last minute of the first period was a back-breaker for the Griffins because the Stars had dominated the Griffins, but Petr Mrazek had stopped each of the seventeen shots on net until Ranford broke through.
For the rest of the game the Griffins were playing catch-up against the Stars, but were never able to do so.
In the second period, Dowling scored two goals in three minutes to pretty much put the game out of reach for Grand Rapids because they had not be playing well all game. The defense was struggling to keep the Stars’ offence at bay and the Griffins’ offence could not beat Nilstrop.
The third period was not any better for the Griffins as Ranford potted his second goal on the night to put the dagger in Grand Rapids’ coffin.
Petr Mrazek played well most of the night and made thirty-three saves on thirty-seven shots, but did not receive much help from his offense or defense once again.
The Griffins are 0-4 all time in best-of-seven series when trailing two games to none, including 0-3 as AHL members.
The Griffins have a couple of days off to collect their thoughts and turnaround this series to possibly make franchise history.
Game three is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Grand Rapids; game four and game five (if necessary) will be played in Grand Rapids, as well.
How did the Red Wings do?
Riley Sheahan was a minus one on the night and had zero shots on net; on shot on net will not cut it for Sheahan.
Tomas Jurco was a minus two on the night and led the Griffins’ in shots with five, but could not get one past the goaltender.