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Lombardi, Czarnik Help Griffins’ Points Streak Reach 12



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William Wallinder has five points in his past six games for the Grand Rapids Griffins (Photo from Grand Rapids Griffins)

The Grand Rapids Griffins’ recent points steak hasn’t been the Jonatan Berggren show when it comes to offensive production.

Austin Czarnik, a favorite Red Wings’ call-up, netted the game-winning goal at 13:19 of the third period in a 3-2 win against the Rockford IceHogs. The triumph extended the Griffins’ points streak to 12 games.

This is the franchise’s longest points streak since winning 13 consecutive games in 2016.

Defenseman William Wallinder (drafted 32nd overall in 2020) assisted on Czarnik’s deflection tally. Wallinder now has five points in his past six games.

Throughout this streak, the Griffins have had contributions from a variety of players. Nine different Griffins had a point in this away contest. Amadeus Lombardi (drafted 113th overall in 2022) also scored for the Griffins in this game. He shows four points in the past six games.

Defenseman Simon Edvinsson (drafted sixth overall in 2021) picked up his 19th assist of the season on Tim Gettinger’s first period goal. Edvinsson has 25 points in 42 games this season. His plus-minus is +5 during the streak.

Berggren, the offensive catalyst during the streak, was kept off the score sheet Saturday night. He has eight goals and six assists for 14 points in the last 12 games.

Sources tell Hockey Now that multiple teams have made inquiries about whether the Red Wings would consider trading Berggren (drafted 33rd overall in 2018).  GM Steve Yzerman has always indicated there are no untouchables on a team if he has a chance to make it better. But there has been no indication that he has been close to moving Berggren.

The Griffins ( 22-15-5-3, 52 points) play their next game Wednesday, at home against the Texas Stars (24-17-3-2, 53 points). The Griffins are battling the Stars for second place in the Central Division.