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Game 4: Crunch Fall To Griffins 3-2 – Face Elimination Tonight

Dan Renouf was the unlikely offensive hero as Grand Rapids moved to within one win of a championship with a 3-2 victory over Syracuse in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals on Friday night.

Holding a 3-1 series lead, the Griffins can capture their second Calder Cup in five years with another win in Game 5 on Saturday night at Syracuse (7 p.m. ET, AHL Live, SiriusXM 91).

Renouf, a rookie defenseman out of the University of Maine, scored twice in Game 4 as the Griffins snapped the Crunch’s 10-game home winning streak in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena.

Grand Rapids weathered an early Syracuse storm — the Crunch had a 6-1 lead in shots just over three minutes into the game — and got on the board first at the 10:00 mark of the opening period when Ben Street knocked in a rebound for his third goal of the series and seventh of the postseason.

The Griffins doubled their lead with 2:12 left in the first when Renouf intercepted a clearing attempt at the left point and fired a long shot past Mike McKenna (32 saves). It was Renouf’s first goal of the playoffs and first in his last 31 games.

Renouf made it 3-0 for the Griffins at 10:33 of the second period, trailing on an odd-man rush and snapping a shot from the hash marks past McKenna. Renouf’s second goal of the night came after he had scored once in his previous 54 contests.

The Crunch finally got on the board with 8:15 remaining in the middle period as Yanni Gourde beat Jared Coreau (31 saves) from in close for his second goal of the Finals and seventh of the playoffs.

Syracuse closed to within 3-2 with 12:31 left in regulation as Michael Bournival raced past a Griffins defender to get to a loose puck and chip a shot past Coreau for his second goal of the series and eighth of the postseason.

The Crunch pressed for the tie, killing off a 5-on-3 Griffins power play late before picking up their own man advantage and skating 6-on-4 in the game’s final minute. But Grand Rapids prevailed, and now sits on the brink of a title.

NOTES: This was Syracuse’s first regulation loss at home since Mar. 24, a 5-1 defeat vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton… The Crunch had 14 wins and two shootout loss in theior previous 16 on home ice… Grand Rapids has still not lost back-to-back games since Apr. 8-9, and is now 14-3 this postseason… The Griffins were 0-for-7 on the power play, while the Crunch were 0-for-5… Attendance was 6,523 — the largest for a game at the War Memorial Arena since Mar. 22, 1997 (6,541 vs. Rochester). (TheAHL.com)

Boxscore

Grand Rapids 3 – Syracuse 2

Game #: 4
Friday, June 09, 2017
Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP
Grand Rapids Griffins 2 1 0 3 0 / 7
Syracuse Crunch 0 1 1 2 0 / 5

 

Shots 1 2 3 Total
Grand Rapids Griffins 16 12 7 35
Syracuse Crunch 12 9 12 33
# Skater Pos G A PIM Shots +/-
2 Hicketts, Joe D 0 0 0 1 1
4 C Paetsch, Nathan D 0 0 0 0 0
5 Russo, Robbie D 0 0 0 1 -2
10 A Street, Ben C 1 0 0 4 2
15 Callahan, Mitch RW 0 1 0 2 1
18 Lashoff, Brian D 0 0 0 0 -1
19 Nosek, Tomas C 0 0 2 2 -2
20 Renouf, Dan D 2 0 0 2 2
23 Turgeon, Dominic C 0 0 0 0 0
26 Tangradi, Eric LW 0 2 0 3 1
27 Frk, Martin RW 0 0 2 6 -1
28 Lorito, Matt LW 0 0 0 3 1
39 Bertuzzi, Tyler LW 0 0 2 1 -1
45 Campbell, Colin RW 0 0 5 2 0
51 Criscuolo, Kyle C 0 0 2 4 1
52 McIlrath, Dylan D 0 0 2 1 2
55 A Ford, Matthew RW 0 0 2 1 0
77 Svechnikov, Evgeny RW 0 0 0 2 1
# Goalie GA Mins SA SVS G A PIM
31 Coreau, Jared 2 60:00 33 31 0 0 0
40 Pasquale, Eddie 0 0 0 0 0 0
Head CoachTodd Nelson
Assistant CoachMike Knuble
Assistant CoachBen Simon
# Skater Pos G A PIM Shots +/-
4 Dotchin, Jake D 0 0 6 1 -2
5 Masin, Dominik D 0 0 0 0 0
9 Cirelli, Anthony C 0 0 4 0 -1
15 Lynch, Kevin C 0 0 0 2 1
16 McGinn, Tye LW 0 1 0 3 0
20 A Taormina, Matt D 0 0 5 3 -2
21 Froese, Byron C 0 0 0 2 0
22 Peca, Matthew C 0 0 0 3 0
25 Brodeur, Mathieu D 0 0 0 0 -1
26 Thomas, Ben D 0 0 2 2 1
37 Gourde, Yanni LW 1 0 0 4 0
40 A Dumont, Gabriel C 0 1 0 1 -1
65 A Koekkoek, Slater D 0 1 0 2 2
73 Erne, Adam LW 0 0 0 3 0
78 Bournival, Michael LW 1 0 2 4 0
85 Walcott, Daniel D 0 0 0 0 -1
89 Conacher, Cory RW 0 1 4 1 0
92 Vermin, Joel RW 0 0 0 2 -1
# Goalie GA Mins SA SVS G A PIM
50 Gudlevskis, Kristers 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 McKenna, Mike 3 58:21 35 32 0 0 0
Head CoachBenoit Groulx
Assistant CoachJeff Halpern
Assistant CoachTrent Cull

Scoring

1st
10:00 GR Ben Street (7) ASST: Mitch Callahan (10), Eric Tangradi (16)
17:48 GR Dan Renouf (1) ASST: None
2nd
10:33 GR Dan Renouf (2) ASST: Eric Tangradi (17)
11:45 SYR Yanni Gourde (7) ASST: Cory Conacher (14), Tye McGinn (10)
3rd
7:29 SYR Michael Bournival (8) ASST: Gabriel Dumont (5), Slater Koekkoek (6)
Penalties
1st
03:17 SYR Anthony Cirelli, Interference, 2 min PP
10:30 SYR Cory Conacher, Roughing, 2 min PP
17:57 SYR Michael Bournival, Tripping, 2 min PP
18:24 GR Martin Frk, Slashing, 2 min
18:24 SYR Jake Dotchin, Delay of game, 2 min
2nd
02:18 GR Dylan McIlrath, Interference, 2 min PP
03:28 SYR Anthony Cirelli, Hooking, 2 min PP
05:01 SYR Jake Dotchin, Roughing, 2 min PP
07:34 GR Tyler Bertuzzi, Tripping, 2 min PP
13:31 GR Kyle Criscuolo, Hooking, 2 min PP
3rd
04:34 GR Tomas Nosek, Kneeing, 2 min PP
13:35 SYR Ben Thomas, High-sticking, 2 min PP
14:11 SYR Jake Dotchin, Slashing, 2 min PP
17:39 GR Matthew Ford, Slashing, 2 min PP
20:00 GR Colin Campbell, Fighting, 5 min
20:00 SYR Cory Conacher, Slashing, 2 min
20:00 SYR Matt Taormina, Fighting, 5 min
Three Stars
1st 2nd 3rd
Jared Coreau
Grand Rapids Griffins
SA: 33
SV: 31
TOI: 60:00

 

PP PIM PTS
Grand Rapids Griffins 0 / 7 17 min / 7 inf 3 G + 3 A = 6 PTS
Syracuse Crunch 0 / 5 23 min / 10 inf 2 G + 4 A = 6 PTS
Arena OFFICIALS
Onondaga County War Memorial Arena
Attendance: 6523
Start: 7:03 pm
End: 9:43 pm
Length: 2:40
Referee: Jake Brenk (42)
Referee: Chris Schlenker (48)
Linesman: Ryan Daisy (81)
Linesman: Bevan Mills (53)

Video

2017 Calder Cup Finals – Series “O” (best-of-7)
Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Syracuse Crunch | Finals Infographic
Game 1 – Fri., June 2 – GRAND RAPIDS 3, Syracuse 2 | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Sat., June 3 – GRAND RAPIDS 6, Syracuse 5 (2OT) | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Wed., June 7 – SYRACUSE 5, Grand Rapids 3 | Recap/Highlights
Game 4 – Fri., June 9 – Grand Rapids 3, SYRACUSE 2
Game 5 – Sat., June 10 – Grand Rapids at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., June 13 – Syracuse at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., June 14 – Syracuse at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern

(Feature Photo/TheAHL.com)

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