GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Griffins got their ninth straight win during Wednesday night’s home game.
The Griffins beat the Milwaukee Admirals 4-1, with three of their goals coming in the last six minutes of the game.
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“It’s a character builder for the guys. It was a mental grind on the guys. You could see frustration set in with the players in the second period,” Griffins head coach Todd Nelson said. “That’s where you have to be pretty mature about it and say, ‘OK, it’s not going our way. If we try to do too much, it will be like gasoline on fire.'”
With their win, the Griffins match the second-longest winning streak in franchise history and are only two shy of the record 11-game streak set in March 2006.
The Admirals were no slouch opponent, having won 13 of their last 15 going into the game. One of those losses was to the Griffins, who handed them a 6-0 trouncing on Thanksgiving weekend in Milwaukee.
The Griffins have experienced a turnaround of near epic proportions this season. A month ago, they had the worst record in the American Hockey League. Now they’re the hottest team in the AHL. The Griffins have outscored their opponents 34-14 during their nine-game winning streak. That’s a sharp contrast to the first eight games of the season, in which the they scored only 11 goals.
“We’re on a roll right now,” Griffins goalie Jared Coreau said after Wednesday’s game. “But, honestly, to still make up ground from how we started, really, realistically, we’d like 10 more in a row. And that would put us at a position where we’re a winning team.”
The Griffins next take on the IceHogs in Rockford, Ill. on Saturday.