The Afternoon Shift – Nov. 29

The last time the AHL witnessed an 18-goal game, Tomas Tatar was five years old and the Griffins hadn’t been born yet.

That’s just one of the remarkable stats from Grand Rapids’ historic 10-8 win at Chicago on Saturday, the AHL’s highest-scoring game since March 29, 1996. If you’ve got four minutes to spare, you can watch highlights of every goal here. Disclaimer: Video is not suitable for the faint of heart, official scorers, or goaltending coaches.

Tatar’s seven-point night (2 goals, 5 assists) broke the Griffins’ single-game points record of six, set by Kip Miller on Jan. 10, 2002 at – where else? – Allstate Arena. He also tied franchise records for points and assists in a period (4 and 3, during the second stanza), along with assists in a game. Willie Coetzee was originally credited with three assists during the middle period as well, but a post-game scoring change erased his name from the club’s record books.

As a team, the Griffins set records for goals in a period (7) and goals in a road game while equalling their overall mark for goals in a game. Meanwhile, the Wolves established their own dubious marks for goals allowed in a period and a game.  

The Griffins set another franchise record earlier last week, during Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at Toronto, when they were whistled off for a franchise-record 112 penalty minutes, breaking the mark of 104 that was set 13 seasons ago (April 11, 1998 versus Quebec). An entertaining video of the fisticuffs can be found here. The game’s combined 218 PIM, which also set a Griffins record, included 184 PIM during the third period (96 for Grand Rapids, 88 for Toronto), when three players from each squad received game misconducts.

Grand Rapids now leads the AHL in both PIM (531) and game misconducts (6). So much for peace on Earth and goodwill toward all.

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Alumni news and notes: 

Video – NHL alumni goals:


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