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AHL Team Turns on It's Fans and Blames Them for Loss


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Julien Trekker
October 28, 2023  (10:20)
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Griffins Suffer a Controversial Defeat

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Yesterday, the Grand Rapids Griffins took on the Cleveland Monsters. Alongside the game, a charity initiative was underway with fans purchasing foam pucks.
In a stunning turn of events, the Griffins made a comeback, scoring twice in the last moments of the third period, taking the game to overtime. However, some fans threw their foam pucks onto the ice. This led the referees to penalize the Griffins for a game delay.
The other team capitalized during that powerplay.
"Grand Rapids Griffins release a statement after rowdy fans threw promotional fake Pucks on to the ice against the Cleveland Monsters, which led to a Monsters goal on the PP for delay of game."

Griffins Point Fingers at Fans for the Defeat

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After the loss, the Griffins expressed their dissatisfaction, attributing their defeat in part to the fans who interrupted the game by throwing pucks.
The griffins staged a memorable comeback against cleveland tonight at van andel arena, scoring twice in the final 3:04 to force overtime. Unfortunately, the actions of a few attendees erased our team's momentum and cost us a chance at victory. They had purchased foam pucks as part of our long-running throw for dough charitable fundraiser but chose to throw them onto the ice after our game-tying goal, resulting in a delay-of-game penalty to grand rapids. Cleveland scored on the ensuing power play in overtime, costing the griffins a second point in the standings and a three-game winning streak on home ice.

While we're proud of our team's resilient effort and the support of our loyal fans, we can't say the same about these nine individuals - out of a crowd of nearly 6,000 - who caused this unprecedented situation. several of them were immediately ejected from the arena, and the "owner" of every puck thrown has been identified and will be addressed.
Furthermore, our organization is actively looking at all possible changes for this promotion to ensure that this activity does not happen at a future game.

It's evident that those who threw the pucks were out of line. However, it's slightly unexpected for the Griffins to place the weight of their loss entirely on this incident, especially considering other game events that unfolded.
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AHL Team Turns on It's Fans and Blames Them for Loss

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