Griffins 1 win away from Calder Cup title

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:45 PM

The Grand Rapids Griffins moved within one victory of sweeping the Calder Cup Final by beating the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the American Hockey League's championship series.

Jan Mursak snapped a tie with 4:49 remaining in regulation. Jeff Hoggan, who set up Mursak's 10th of the playoffs, added an unassisted goal with 2:28 remaining, much to the delight of the crowd of 10,102 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

The Griffins, the top farm team of the Detroit Red Wings, can complete the sweep and win the first AHL title in franchise history with a win at home on Saturday.

The Crunch, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, opened the scoring at 10:21 of the first period on a goal by Richard Panik. But Tomas Tatar tied it 2:09 into the second period with his league-high 13th of the postseason, and Luke Glendening put the Griffins in front at 4:53.

Syracuse's Dan Sexton tied it 2-2 by beating Petr Mrazek at 9:56 of the middle period.

Mrazek stopped 26 shots for the Griffins. Cedrick Desjardins made 25 saves for the Crunch, who came into this series having lost just once in 12 games en route to the Eastern Conference title.

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