Piche gets go-ahead goal in third period as Griffins beat Moose 4-2

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Sebastien Piche scored a go-ahead goal in the third period and Thomas McCollum made 28 saves as the Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Manitoba Moose 4-2 on Saturday in the American Hockey League.

Jan Mursak opened the scoring for Grand Rapids with a power-play goal at 7:08 of the first.

Seven minutes later Moose (5-3-0) defenceman Lee Sweatt put all his weight behind a slap shot that went off the left post and in to even it.

Keeping pressure down low in the Grand Rapids zone, Moose forward Bill Sweatt ended a scrum near the Griffins goal by ripping a shot in tight off the post and in at 5:08 of the third period.

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Grand Rapids replied five minutes later while on the power play as Cory Emmerton fed the puck to Griffins defenceman Brendan Smith, who wasted no time blasting a point shot past Eddie Lack’s blocker.

Less than a minute later Piche’s point shot found its way through traffic to give Grand Rapids the lead for good with 8:53 left in the game.

Griffins’ Jamie Tardif added some insurance at 19:32 of the period.

Lack stopped 14 of 17 saves for Grand Rapids (5-2-2).