Things in the Detroit Red Wings system are looking really good right about now. The Red Wings have recorded at least a point in 13 consecutive games, and the success is trickling down to the minor leagues as well.
Since getting off to a slow start to begin the year, the Grand Rapids Griffins have turned things around in a big way. Last night, in a game against Iowa Wild, the Griffins won 4-3 in overtime for their 11th straight victory. Grand Rapids trailed 3-1 with 2:20 remaining in the third, but scored two goals with the goaltender pulled to force overtime, where Xavier Ouellet scored the game-winner. The 11-game winning streak ties a franchise record that was set in 2006.
The Griffins’ roster looks a little different than it did last year. Newcomer Eric Tangradi leads the team with 12 goals and 20 points, and first-year pro Robbie Russo has already emerged as one of the best defensemen on the team. Jared Coreau, in his second full season with the Griffins, has become the leader of the goaltending duo over Thomas McCollum. Plus, first-year head coach Todd Nelson has gotten his team back on track after a 2-8-0-1 start. As it stands right now, the Griffins overall record on the year is 13-8-0-1, good for fourth in the Central Division of the Western Conference.
Over the course of the last 11 games, the Griffins have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 45-17. Grand Rapids will look to set a new franchise record for consecutive wins when they are in action again on Wednesday, when they travel to Cleveland for a match-up with the Lake Erie Monsters.