Griffins take early lead, beat Stars

Tyler Bertuzzi headed back to Detroit Red Wings

Tyler Bertuzzi, Grand Rapids Griffins, Texas Stars
Tyler Bertuzzi scores for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the second period of a game against the Texas Stars at Van Andel Arena on Nov. 16, 2016.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With familiar faces back from Detroit, the Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Texas Stars on Wednesday.

The 6-3 win was the Griffins’ fourth victory in a row.

Martin Frk, Matt Lorito and Matthew Ford each put up one goal for Grand Rapids in the first period, and Colin Campbell scored twice in the third. Tyler Bertuzzi, returning to Van Andel Arena after a stint with the Detroit Red Wings, had a goal in the second period and an assist.

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BERTUZZI GOING BACK TO DETROIT

Bertuzzi played sparingly in three games with the Wings before being reassigned to the Griffins Tuesday. But his stay was a brief one: The Wings called him back up Wednesday night — probably to take over for Darren Helm, who is injured.

Earlier Wednesday, Bertuzzi told 24 Hour News 8 he would try to make the most of the extra minutes on the ice in Grand Rapids.

“Just come down and try to help the boys win,” he said. “I love it here. This is a great group of guys. It’s where I started my pro career. Obviously it sucks getting sent down, but I’m happy to be back and happy to try and help the team win.”

He said he didn’t get specific instructions on what he should try to improve while with the Griffins, only that he was told to “try to contribute and do as much as you can offensively.”

“Help the guys win and play good defensively, and play your game,” he continued.

The Griffins play the Stars again at Van Andel on Friday evening.

KASER RETURNS HOME TO VAN ANDEL ARENA

Back in the press box at Van Andel Arena Wednesday evening to call the game was Bob Kaser, the “Voice of the Griffins.” He called the last three Red Wings games when regular play-by-play man Ken Kal fell ill.

It was Kaser’s first chance to call for the NHL, and a big thrill for the lifelong Red Wings fan.

“Somebody asked me, ‘Bob, if you could do one National Hockey League game, where would it be and who would be the opponents?’ And immediately I’d say, ‘Detroit at Montreal.’ And I got the opportunity to do that last Saturday, and now the dream continues for a couple more games.”

He wished Kal well, but added, “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thrilled with what’s been going on here in terms of getting this opportunity.”

Kaser said he has long watched AHL players wait for their chance at the NHL.

“I don’t want to hear a guy complain in that locker room about it being two or three years until he gets his first chance to go to the NHL … 36 years before I got my first chance!” he said. “I can’t thank the Red Wings enough and all the people associated with them to give me this chance.”

He has been the “Voice of the Griffins” since 2000.

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