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Wolves fall to Griffins in last minute

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Updated: December 25, 2013 6:50AM

Patrick Eaves scored a power-play goal with 48.7 seconds left in the third period to lift the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 2-1 victory Saturday night over the Wolves at Allstate Arena.

Shane Harper scored for the Wolves (9-7-0-2), and Matt Climie stopped 22 shots in the loss to the Midwest Division-leading Griffins.

“We came out flat the first five minutes, but then I thought we controlled the game,” Wolves coach John Anderson said. “We aren’t scoring many goals right now, and when you don’t bury your chances, it completely changes the complexion of the game.”

The Griffins (13-4-1-1) opened the scoring 4:51 into the game when Alexey Marchenko took the puck at the blue line along the boards and passed it to Tomas Jurco in the slot. Jurco passed up a chance to shoot and found center Calle Jarnkrok in the far circle for an open shot that he steered into the top corner of the net.

The Wolves evened the score at 18:29 of the second period on Harper’s fourth goal of the season. Dmitrij Jaskin corraled the puck in the corner and passed it to Harper in front of the crease. Harper flipped a backhander into the crease, where the puck bounced off the leg of sprawling Griffins goalie Petr Mrazek and crossed the goal line.

The Griffins scored the game-winner in the third period while on their only power play.

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