Rockford, IL – Forward Brandon Pirri scored twice and defenseman Lucas Carlsson found the net in their first games with the Rockford IceHogs (1-7-1-0) this season and defensemen Nicolas Beaudin and Wyatt Kalynuk each added two assists in a 9-4 setback to the Grand Rapids Griffins (5-3-0-0) at BMO Harris Bank Center Wednesday night. Pirri and Carlsson were assigned to the IceHogs from the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) earlier this morning.
In his first game in an IceHogs uniform since 2014, Pirri opened the game scoring on the power play with a drive off the right-wing faceoff circle, beating Griffins netminder Kevin Boyle (W, 17 saves on 21 shots). The Griffins responded with a pair of goals 38 seconds apart off the stick of Dominik Shine and Max Humitz at 8:15 and 8:53. Griffins forward Patrick Curry extended the lead with a man-advantage marker at 16:40 with a quick wrist shot over outstretched IceHogs goalie Collin Delia (L, 23 saves on 30 shots).
In the second period, the Griffins erupted for a record six tallies for a 9-2 advantage after 40 minutes of play. Humitz (48 seconds), Tyler Spezia (2:07, 12:27), Riley Barber (6:54, 10:02), Turner Elson (8:18) found the back of the net. The six-goals against are the most the IceHogs have allowed in a single period in team history. Midway through the frame, the IceHogs would pull Delia and see the professional debut of goaltender Tom Aubrun (17 saves on 19 shots). Pirri broke up the Griffins' goals with his second of the game at 3:39.
The IceHogs wrapped up the contest with some momentum with a pair of goals in the third period to complete the game scoring. Carlsson rifled in a power-play goal 19 seconds into the frame and forward Chris Wilkie potted his fourth goal of the season at 7:07.
The IceHogs finished the contests 2-for-4 on the power play while the Griffins went 2-for-5.
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