The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three times within a 5:53 span of the third period — capped off by Luke Glendening’s series-clincher with just 4:03 remaining — to stun the Toronto Marlies and advance to the Western Conference Finals with an incredible 4-3 victory on Tuesday in Game 6 at Ricoh Coliseum.
The Griffins will now face the Oklahoma City Barons for the right to play for the Calder Cup. Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven series will be staged at Van Andel Arena this Friday and Saturday.
Both games will be at 7 p.m., and tickets are available at griffinshockey.com.
In a scene eerily reminiscent of their parent club’s infamous Game 7 collapse against the Boston Bruins, the Marlies were primed to force a Game 7 on their home ice before squandering a 3-1 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Less than four minutes after Triston Grant’s crushing hit on Jerry D’Amigo at center ice seemed to turn the momentum to the Griffins, Jan Mursak and Tomas Tatar scored just 28 seconds apart to tie the game, stunning the crowd and setting the stage for Glendening’s heroics.
Petr Mrazek Mrazek earned his seventh playoff victory and second series win by battling back with 15 saves, while MacIntyre stopped 27 in the loss.