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Griffins score three in final period to top Stars

The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three goals in the third period to top the Texas Stars 5-2 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night.

Tyler Bertuzzi and Evgeny Svechnikov each scored and assisted on goals to lead the Griffins to victory.

Mark McNeill scored in his home debut for the Stars (25-27-1-2) to tie the game in the second period, but an onslaught of three goals by Grand Rapids in the final period spoiled the occasion.

Jimmy Howard, on assignment from the Detroit Red Wings, earned the win as he stopped 31 of 33 shots on the night.

Eric Tangradi’s goal in the third period proved to be the game-winner, though two more goals would follow.

Cole Ully gave the Stars an early lead as he scored a little over six minutes into the first period, assisted by Nick Ebert and Gemel Smith.

Svechnikov tied the game on a power play less than four minutes later and assisted on Bertuzzi’s goal a little more than five minutes after that.

Ben Street gave the Griffins (37-16-1-2) some insurance as he made it 4-2 on a power play with less than four minutes remaining in regulation.

Matt Lorito added an empty-net goal a little more than 30 seconds later.

Justin Peters suffered the loss, allowing four goals as he made 25 saves on the night.

The Stars couldn’t cash in on either of their power play opportunities as Grand Rapids went 2 for 4 with the advantage.

Texas next travels to San Antonio to face the Rampage on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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