East Grand Rapids' Luke Glendening scored on his first shift with the Griffins Wednesday night.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Luke Glendening's homecoming was fit for a king.
Glendening, the first player from the Greater Grand Rapids area to ever play for the Griffins, scored on his first shift with his hometown team, as the Griffins beat the Rochester Americans 4-2 Wednesday night at Van Andel Arena.
The 23 year-old Glendening, an East Grand Rapids native, had spent all season with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye scoring 21 points in 27 games.
His tally came off a goal mouth scramble to open the scoring, 2:49 into the first period.
Glendening was a star running back at East Grand Rapids high school, leading the Pioneers to the Division 3 state championship in 2006, before focusing on his hockey career at Michigan, where he became co-captain.
He signed a one-year contract with the Griffins this past June.
Jeff Hoggan, Joakim Andersson and Francis Pare also scored for Grand Rapids (14-9-1-1) who remain in a first place tie with Rockford in the AHL's Midwest Division.