The Grand Rapids Griffins squeezed by the Toronto Marlies on Saturday with a 4-3 overtime win at Van Andel Arena.
Donald MacLean scored his League leading 52nd goal of the season 2:59 into overtime to give the Griffins their seventh straight win.
Toronto’s Brett Engelhardt started the scoring with a shorthanded goal at the 1:34 mark of the first period. Grand Rapids responded with a power play goal by Jiri Hudler and a shorthanded goal by Matt Ellis to head into the first intermission with a 2-1 lead.
The teams traded goals in the second period. Jeff Corey scored his first professional goal in his first professional game at the 5:59 mark of the period. The Griffins quickly regained the lead when Tomas Kopecky answered for Griffins just 20 seconds later.
John Pohl tied the game and forced overtime with 2:06 remaining in third period.
Griffins goaltender Jimmy Howard made 24 saves on 27 shots to earn his 21st win of the season.
Grand Rapids (49-16-1-4, 103 pts.) leads the American Hockey League in points and has won nine of its last 10 games. Toronto (34-25-5-2, 75 pts.) is currently in fourth place in the North Division.
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