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Gleason Fournier scores SO winner as Grand Rapids defeat Abbotsford 4-3

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 12:55 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Gleason Fournier scores SO winner as Grand Rapids defeat Abbotsford 4-3

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Gleason Fournier scored the shootout winner as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Abbotsford Heat 4-3 Friday in American Hockey League action.

Fournier was the eighth Griffins shooter and had a chance to win the game after Petr Mrazek came out to stop Abbotsford's Chad Billins. Fournier beat Olivier Roy stick side to clinch the win for the visitors.

Teeumu Pulkkinen scored twice, giving him a team-leading 23 goals and four in two games. Calle Jarnkrok had a goal and two assists. Andrej Nestrasil had two assists.

Mrazek stopped 31 shots in the win.

Max Reinhart had two goals for Abbotsford (33-17-6), who have now lost three straight.

Sven Baertschi had a goal and an assist, while Roy made 34 saves in the losing effort.

Baertschi opened the scoring on the power play when Ben Street's wrist shot from the point was redirected between Mrazek's legs at 6:11.

Pulkkinen tied the game at 16:44. After taking a pass at the blue-line, he stepped into a slap shot from the top of the face-off circle to beat Roy far side for his team-leading 22nd of the year.

The 22-year-old Finn gave the Griffins the lead at 3:49. Nick Jensen's shot from the top of the circle was deflected by Pulkkinen, cruising through the slot. That was Jensen's first professional point.

Reinhart tied the game at 16:09, taking a pass from Brett Olson and wiring a wrist shot far side on Mrazek.

Jarnkrok's power-play goal gave the Griffins the lead heading into the second intermission. Nestrasil found Jarnkrok in the low slot and he beat Roy bar down with just 20 seconds to play.

Grand Rapids thought they had doubled the lead eight minutes into the third, but the deflection in front was a high stick and was immediately waved off by referee Trevor Hanson.

Reinhart tied the game with just under four minutes to go, redirecting a pass from Baertschi around Mrazek's left pad.

Grand Rapids had the best scoring chance in overtime, but Ryan Sproul fired it off the crossbar midway through the extra frame and with 35 seconds to go, Cory Emmerton shot a one-timer from the slot right into Roy's crest.

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