Griffins get 13th consecutive win

The Grand Rapids Griffins score against the Texas Stars at Van Andel Arena on Dec. 18, 2015.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As long as they keep winning each time they hit the ice, the Grand Rapids Griffins can make history.

The Griffins rallied to beat the Texas Stars 5-4 Friday for their 13th straight victory.

That topped the winning streak franchise record they set on Wednesday.

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Friday morning, Griffins head coach Todd Nelson said the record is great, but it’s not their focus.

“We talked about it today,” he said. “It’s fine to have a franchise record, but when you look at the standings, we’re still below a lot of teams. So we want to keep this thing going. We want to climb up the standings. … Nobody tells us that 12 is enough, we want to keep going here. We want to get two points tonight and try to climb the standings.”

The hot streak is a surprise after the Griffins’ rough start to the season. They managed only two wins in their first 11 games. So what changed?

“I think the main reason is the team came together, we came together as a group. Not just the players, but the coaching staff evolved. There was acceptance by both parties and things are working out right now,” Nelson said. “It’s a good feeling. … The guys are really playing well, they’re playing hard for each other. We went through a lot of pain and suffering the first month and a half. We didn’t like that feeling. We want to keep that feeling away and keep winning games.”

The Griffins play the Stars again at 7 p.m. Saturday at Van Andel Arena, their last game until after Christmas.

The American Hockey League winning streak record was set in 2012 when the Norfolk Admirals won 28 straight.

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