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Red Wings Prospects Shine Through In Griffins Victory

Mazur scores twice in Griffins win over Chicago



Carter Mazur, Red Wings prospect
With Red Wings prospect Carter Mazer scoring twice, the Grand Rapids Griffins were 5-2 winners over the Chicago Wolves. (Photo courtesy Grand Rapids Griffins)

It was a big bounce back win for the Grand Rapids Griffins, and several future Detroit Red Wings hopefuls were playing significantly roles in the outcome.

A 5-2 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday came after what was arguably rock bottom for the Griffins. In back-to-back home games on the weekend against the Toronto Marlies, they were beaten 7-3 and 5-0.

Detroit draft picks were combining for eight points and also earning the win.

Sebastian Cossa, victimized in the 7-3 setback, rebounded to stop 26 of 28 shots and earn the win, ending a personal four-game (0-2-2) skid. Winger Carter Mazur, a 2021 draftee, was netting his first two goals of the AHL season.

“You’ve just gotta hit the reset button,” Cossa, selected 15th overall in 2021, told the Griffins website. ”

Griffins Berggren Likes Playing With Kasper

Jonatan Berggren , a 2018 second-round choice, was also scoring his first of the season, while 2022 first-round pick Marco Kasper was dishing out a pair of helpers.

Prior to Wednesday’s victory, Kasper’s offensive account was showing one goal through 10 games.

“He’s a skilled player, so it makes it easier,” Berggren told the Griffins website of playing with Kasper. Berggren (1-1-2) also enjoyed a two-point game.

Defenseman Simon Edvinsson, the sixth overall selection in 2021, collected an assist on one of Mazur’s goal. The unit of Berggren, Kasper and 2019 draftee Elmer Soderblom was combining for two goals and four points.

“They talk a lot,” Grand Rapids coach Dan Watson said. “They’re communicating when they get off the ice. They’re good friends off the ice, too, so it’s just a matter of finding some chemistry. Saturday, I saw some positive things but they weren’t connecting. (Wednesday) they were connecting. Working together as a line and complementing each other.”

Berggren spent the second half of last season in the NHL with the Red Wings and has already recalled to play one game this season. He’s certain that his time as a regular in Detroit will be ultimately earned.

“I’m confident in my game,” Berggren said. “I know how good I am.”