Good Luck Ducks returns to Oakland after series sweep

2014-02-04


Oakland reclaimed the Good Luck Duck after sweeping Davenport on the season series.

Corey Hagood - Oakland Hockey The Good Luck Duck returned home to Oakland on Friday night, and it was the first time the Duck was won with sweep in the best of five series. Also for the first time in the Oakland-Davenport series, a team has been swept in the season series. ...

Corey Hagood - Oakland Hockey

The Good Luck Duck returned home to Oakland on Friday night, and it was the first time the Duck was won with sweep in the best of five series.

Also for the first time in the Oakland-Davenport series, a team has been swept in the season series. Oakland, won all four games from Davenport after a weekend sweep.

The Grizzlies won 4-1 on Friday night at the ONYX and 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night in Grand Rapids.
Goalie Corey Hrischuk was outstanding this weekend, earning the player-of-the week for Oakland, including making 34 saves on Friday night.

On Friday, Oakland struck first as forward Drew Parus put the Grizzlies ahead nearly midway through the first. The Panthers, tied the game up at one minutes later, but it would be all they would get past Hrischuk.

The second period saw the Grizzlies extend its lead with a pair of goals minutes apart. The first was by forward David Merkle, his 14th of the season. Minutes later, forward Anthony Colizza extended the lead at 3-1.

In the third period, forward Mike MacKinnon gave the Grizzlies another insurance goal and Oakland would go on to reclaim the Duck and bring it home.

Saturday at Davenport looking for the series sweep and a boost in the national rankings, the Grizzlies once again came out on top. This time, they were down 1-0 until forward Alex Frere, tied the game with a power play tally in the second period.

Forward Ryan Rotondi, extended the Grizzlies lead by scoring his 19th goal of the season in the second period.

The Panthers tied it at two late in the third and the teams would head to overtime, where Hrischuk was outstanding stopping the Panthers from winning the game. The game remained tied after overtime.

In the shootout, The Grizzlies came away with the win 2-1 with goals from Colizza and the winner from forward Patrick Smiatacz.