ROCKFORD, Ill. (WOOD) - It was a record-breaking night Saturday in Rockford, Illinois. The Griffins beat the IceHogs 11-6. But all the scoring was overshadowed by a bench-clearing brawl in the 2nd period.
The 11 goals scored by Grand Rapids marked a franchise record. It was also the most goals scored in an American Hockey League game since 2005 and the most by a road team since 1998.
Remarkably, of the 17 goals scored, only one player had a multi-goal game. Mitch Callahan got himself a hat trick on the way to the 23rd Griffins win this season, but the other 14 goals were scored by 14 different players.
That bench-clearing fight happened in the 2nd period with Grand Rapids up 6-3. It started just four seconds after a Landon Ferraro goal but lasted for nearly four minutes. When it was all said and done, punches thrown and landed, 13 players were ejected and 192 penalty minutes were tallied out. The game ended with an AHL season high of 230 penalty minutes -- 78 minutes more than the previous high.
The Griffins win pushed their Midwest division lead to seven points over Chicago and eight over the IceHogs. Grand Rapids returns home Wednesday against Oklahoma City.
Watch the fight here via YouTube:
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
Investigators in Montcalm County are working to determine what led up to a deadly crash.