GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mattias Ritola scored two of Grand Rapids’ four first-period goals as the Griffins held on for a 6-4 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday night in the American Hockey League.
Ritola closed out the early onslaught with back-to-back goals as Grand Rapids (3-0-1-0) opened up a 4-0 lead before the game was nine minutes old. He added an assist on Garrett Stafford’s first goal of the game 1:42 into the first period.
Ville Leino also had a pair of goals for the Griffins, while Stafford finished with a goal and an assist and Justin Abdelkader added a single in the victory.
Matt D’Agostini had two goals to lead the Bulldogs (4-1-1-0), who have lost two in a row and failed to record at least a point for the first time all season. D’Agostini’s second goal of the game with 4:12 left in regulation closed the gap to 5-4, but Leino’s empty netter sealed the win for Grand Rapids.
Ryan Russell and Shawn Belle added goals for Hamilton.
Jimmy Howard stopped 20 shots for the Griffins.
Marc Denis and Cedrick Desjardins combined to make 21 saves for the Bulldogs.