GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Griffins flew to a 5-2 victory against the Hamilton Bulldogs in the second of back-to-back away games at Van Andel Arena. Gustav Nyquist notched two goals while Fabian Brunnstrom, Brendan Smith and Tomas Tatar each added two points.
The Griffins opened the scoring at 8:27 of the second stanza on a one-timed shot by Francis Pare that beat Hamilton Bulldogs starting goaltender Nathan Lawson on the blocker side. Just 22 seconds later, Dany Masse snapped a shot past Grand Rapids Griffins starting goaltender Jordan Pearce, off the near post and into the back of the net.
Grand Rapids took the lead at 17:04 of the middle frame on a hard power play slap shot by Nyquist. The ‘Dogs were again quick to respond, tying the game only 31 seconds later on a tally by Andreas Engqvist who batted a backhand through the legs of Pearce.
The Griffins made it 3-2 at 4:53 of the third period when Brunnstrom slapped the puck into the top corner of the net. Grand Rapids doubled their lead at 9:41 of the third frame on Nyquist’s second of the game. The Griffins added another marker 33 seconds later when Trevor Parkes made a perfect pass to Mitch Callahan for a 5-2 final score.
The Bulldogs face the San Antonio Rampage for the second of two school day games on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Copps Coliseum. All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on hamiltonbulldogs.com, or seen live on ahllive.com beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.