With their backs still pressed firmly against the way, the Grand Rapids Griffins staved off elimination once more. Grand Rapids defeated Cleveland 6-1 in Game 5 of their second round series. The series shifts back to Grand Rapids for Game 6.Monday.
Tyler Bertuzzi scored three goals and Andreas Athanasiou scored a goal and had two assists to lead the Griffins. Ryan Sproul added three assists from the blueline. Nathan Paetsch and Andy Miele also scored. Anthony Mantha added two assists.
Jared Coreau stopped 35 of 36 shots to win for the second straight game.
Rookie Evgeny Svechnikov played his first pro game. He drew the second assist on Paetsch's goal and had two shots on goal. The Griffins were playing without Eric Tangradi and Martin Frk.
Below is Athanasiou's incredible breakaway goal. Notice the way he plays the puck to himself as he starts sprinting up the middle and leaves the defense in his wake.
Grand Rapids Griffins 6 at Lake Erie Monsters 1 - Status: Final
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - Quicken Loans Arena
Grand Rapids 0 3 3 - 6
Lake Erie 1 0 0 - 1
1st Period-1, Lake Erie, Rychel 1 (Werenski), 16:42. Penalties-served by Svechnikov Gr (bench minor - too many men), 9:15; Rychel Le (cross-checking), 9:15; served by Athanasiou Gr (bench minor - too many men), 11:41; Vogelhuber Le (slashing), 13:41.
2nd Period-2, Grand Rapids, Miele 2 (Hoggan, Russo), 1:56. 3, Grand Rapids, Bertuzzi 5 (Athanasiou), 5:03. 4, Grand Rapids, Athanasiou 2 (Mantha, Sproul), 16:52. Penalties-Nosek Gr (tripping), 4:01; Craig Le (holding), 4:51; Ouellet Gr (boarding), 9:07.
3rd Period-5, Grand Rapids, Bertuzzi 6 (Athanasiou, Paetsch), 7:55. 6, Grand Rapids, Paetsch 1 (Sproul, Svechnikov), 13:25 (PP). 7, Grand Rapids, Bertuzzi 7 (Mantha, Sproul), 16:40. Penalties-Craig Le (slashing), 12:57; Bertuzzi Gr (delay of game), 14:16; Russo Gr (fighting), 18:18; Chaput Le (high-sticking, fighting), 18:18; Campbell Gr (fighting), 19:32; Rychel Le (fighting), 19:32.
Shots on Goal-Grand Rapids 12-11-13-36. Lake Erie 15-11-10-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Grand Rapids 1 / 4; Lake Erie 0 / 4.
Goalies-Grand Rapids, Coreau 2-0-0 (36 shots-35 saves). Lake Erie, Korpisalo 6-2-0 (30 shots-25 saves); Forsberg 0-0-0 (6 shots-5 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Evgeny Romasko (39).
Linesmen-Shandor Alphonso (52), Jesse Pletsch (51).