Thank you to everyone who came out to the Griffins game last night. It was two tons of fun, we got to meet some awesome Griffins/Wings fans (Thanks LilyFox and crew), and the Griffins won.
- Petr Mrazek stopped 27 shots and only allowed 1 goal in the Griffins 2-1 win over the Barons. Petr said he was happy he faced more shots this game because when he gets more shots, he feels more comfortable. Mrazek is very strong down low, stopping low shots easily and using his strength and agility. One of the areas he's needed to improve on is being stronger and better at stopping higher shots. Last night the Barons were taking higher shots, and Mrazek was making a lot of glove saves. He's improved noticeably even in the last couple months.
- Brennen Evans scored his first goal of the season. It was a harmless looking shot that went in from the blue line and was his first goal since February 21, 2012 when he was with the Peoria Rivermen.
- Tomas Jurco continues to improve and watching him last night gave me funny feelings inside. The game winning goal came as a result of great work by Jurco and he was everywhere doing everything again last night. I can't wait to see him play a few games with the Wings next year.
- Speaking of funny feelings, Teemu Pulkkinen made my insides feel wibbly wobbly. While we didn't get to see a Holy Slapper, it was still exciting to watch him play. When he started in Grand Rapids, he would get to open areas of the ice and call for the puck a lot, to take a slapper at the net; however last night he was going to the net, creating traffic and trying to tip the puck in and score from close range in traffic. He didn't register a point last night, but he was second on the team in shots on goal with 4- Landon Ferraro led with 5. It will be interesting to see how his game evolves and what his role becomes on the team.
Hockey people are the best people. There's something about Hockey that attracts the kindest, most generous people. There's a sense of comradery I've experienced in the hockey world that I've never seen in any other sport, hobby, or lifestyle and I'm proud to be a part of the collective hockey family.
So to my hockey friends, both new and already cherished, THANK YOU!
I hope to have another meet up later in this round, if it goes long enough, or possibly in the finals. I'll keep y'all posted and hope to see everyone again soon.