Grand Rapids Griffins earn 1,000th regular-season victory

Thursday night’s win was 25 years for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Griffins defeated hosts Rockford 3-1 to give Grand Rapids its 1,000th regular season win in franchise history. The Griffins have put together a regular season record of 1,000-686-27-61-116 (0.583).

Grand Rapids built a 3-0 lead in the third half and that was good support for Griffin’s goalkeeper Pat Nagle. Nagle scored 17 saves and kept the IceHogs off the scoreboard until DJ Busdeker met just under four minutes before the end of regular time for Rockford.

Riley Barber’s 2:04 goal in the second half gave the Griffins a 1-0 lead, establishing a first in team history. Barber extended his points streak to nine games after taking a pass from Chase Pearson up in the circles and tearing a shot through traffic and over Matt Tomkins’ glove. Barber’s streak is the longest ever to begin a player’s Griffins career, as well as the longest since a Griffins season began.

After scoring six goals in his four-game streak, Barber has now taken the lead by eight goals while his 13 points are fourth on the circuit.

The Griffins pulled back in game three thanks to goals from Kyle Criscuolo and Brian Lashoff. Criscuolo has scored points in the last three games. Joe Hicketts, Gustav Lindstrom, Max Humitz, Chase Pearson, and Tyler Spezia each had an assistant for Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids improved to 6-3 overall after winning their sixth of their last seven games. The Griffins are 2-0 against Rockford this season and will host the IceHogs on Saturday at 7pm

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