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Grand Rapids Griffins Beat Syracuse Crunch 4-3 To Take AHL’s Calder Cup

The Grand Rapids Griffins are back on top of the American Hockey League.

Martin Frk scored the winning goal with 7:19 left in regulation and the Griffins defeated the Syracuse Crunch, 4-3, to win their second Calder Cup championship in five years.

Frk tallied a goal and an assist in the decisive third period for the Griffins, who trailed by a goal three times in the game.

Matthew Ford, Mitch Callahan and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Grand Rapids, Tomas Nosek notched three assists and Jared Coreau stopped 29 shots as the Griffins finished the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs with a perfect 10-0 record on home ice.

Matt Taormina had a goal and an assist for the Crunch, while teammate Yanni Gourde scored twice. Goalie Mike McKenna made 22 saves.

Bertuzzi, a second-year pro and third-round draft choice by Detroit in 2013, won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Bertuzzi registered nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points in 19 playoff games for Grand Rapids.

Under head coach Todd Nelson, the Griffins – top development team of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings – followed up their second-place finish in the Central Division (47-23-1-5, 100 points, .658) with series wins over the Milwaukee Admirals (3-0), the Chicago Wolves (4-1) and the San Jose Barracuda (4-1) before defeating Syracuse in six games in the Finals. Nelson joins Bob Woods and Mike Stothers as the only people ever to win Calder Cups as a player, as an assistant coach and as a head coach.

Attendance at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday night was 10,834, the fourth sellout of the Finals. A total of 457,672 fans attended games during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, the most ever in a single postseason.

Grand Rapids’ victory brings an end to the AHL’s 81st season. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers. (TheAHL.com)

Boxscore

Grand Rapids 4 – Syracuse 3

Game #: 6
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Scoring 1 2 3 Total PP
Syracuse Crunch 1 2 0 3 0 / 4
Grand Rapids Griffins 0 2 2 4 1 / 4

 

Shots 1 2 3 Total
Syracuse Crunch 8 11 13 32
Grand Rapids Griffins 9 10 7 26

 

# Skater Pos G A PIM Shots +/-
4 Dotchin, Jake D 0 0 0 0 -2
5 Salty, Dominik D 0 1 0 1 3
9 Cirelli Anthony C 0 0 0 2 0
15 Lynch, Kevin C 0 1 2 1 -1
16 McGinn, Tye LW 0 0 0 1 0
20 A Taormina, Matt D 1 1 0 4 2
21 Froese, Byron C 0 0 0 4 0
22 Peca, Matthew C 0 0 0 0 0
25 Brodeur, Mathieu D 0 0 0 1 -1
26 Thomas, Ben D 0 0 0 1 -1
37 Gourde, Yanni LW 2 0 0 3 1
40 A Dumont, Gabriel C 0 0 2 4 -1
65 A Koekkoek, Slater D 0 0 0 0 -1
73 Erne, Adam LW 0 0 2 0 0
78 Bournival, Michael LW 0 1 2 5 0
85 Walcott, Daniel D 0 0 0 0 0
89 Conacher, Cory RW 0 1 0 3 1
92 Vermin, Joel RW 0 0 0 2 0
# Goalie GA Mins SADDLE SVS G A PIM
50 Gudlevskis, Christer 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 McKenna, Mike 4 58:31 26 22 0 0 0
Head CoachBenoit Groulx
Assistant CoachJeff Halpern
Assistant CoachTrent Cull

Grand Rapids Griffins

# Skater Pos G A PIM Shots +/-
2 Hicketts, Joe D 0 0 2 1 2
4 C Paetsch, Nathan D 0 0 0 0 0
5 Russian, Robbie D 0 0 0 1 -1
10 Street, Ben C 0 1 0 1 1
15 Callahan, Mitch RW 1 0 0 1 1
18 A Lashoff, Brian D 0 1 0 0 0
19 Nosek, Tomas C 0 3 0 1 1
20 Renouf, Dan D 0 0 0 1 0
23 Turgeon, Dominic C 0 0 0 1 0
26 Tangradi, Eric LW 0 0 0 5 0
27 Miss Martin RW 1 1 2 3 2
28 Lorito, Matt LW 0 0 0 2 -1
39 Bertuzzi, Tyler LW 1 0 0 1 1
45 Campbell Colin RW 0 0 0 0 -1
51 Criscuolo, Kyle C 0 0 0 1 -1
52 McIlrath, Dylan D 0 0 2 0 -1
55 A Ford, Matthew RW 1 0 0 5 -1
77 Svechnikov, Evgeny RW 0 0 0 2 -2
# Goalie GA Mins SADDLE SVS G A PIM
31 Coreau, Jared 3 40:00 32 29 0 0 0
40 Pasquale, Eddie 0 0 0 0 0 0
Head CoachTodd Nelson
Assistant CoachMike Knuble
Assistant CoachBen Simon

Scoring

1st
14:09 CHEESE Yanni Gourde (8) ASST: Cory Conacher (16)
2nd
0:18 GR Matthew Ford (8) ASST: Tomas Nosek (10) (PP)
7:51 CHEESE Matt Taormina (5) ASST: Michael Bournival (7), Kevin Lynch (2)
11:50 GR Mitch Callahan (6) ASST: Ben Street (13)
18:10 CHEESE Yanni Gourde (9) ASST: Dominik Masin (2), Matt Taormina (15)
3rd
3:50 GR Tyler Bertuzzi (9) ASST: Martin Frk (10), Tomas Nosek (11)
12:41 GR Martin Frk (5) ASST: Brian Lashoff (3), Tomas Nosek (12)

Penalties

1st
03:47 GR Bench, Served by Martin Frk, Bench minor – Too many men, 2 min PP
07:26 GR Joe Hicketts, Slashing, 2 min PP
15:17 CHEESE Adam Erne, Served by Daniel Walcott, Cross-checking, 2 min PP
16:40 CHEESE Gabriel Dumont, High-sticking, 2 min PP
18:44 CHEESE Kevin Lynch, Tripping, 2 min PP
2nd
04:47 GR Martin Frk, Goaltender interference, 2 min PP
09:26 GR Dylan McIlrath, Cross-checking, 2 min PP
15:55 CHEESE Michael Bournival , Hooking 2 min PP
3rd
No Penalties

Three Stars

PP PIM PTS
Syracuse Crunch 0 / 4 8 min / 4 inf 3 G + 5 A = 8 PTS
Grand Rapids Griffins 1 / 4 8 min / 4 inf 4 G + 6 A = 10 PTS

 

Arena OFFICIALS
Van Andel Arena
Attendance: 10834
Start: 7:11 pm
End: 9:48 pm
Length: 2:37
Referee: Jake Brenk (42)
Referee: Chris Schlenker (48)
Linesman: Ryan Daisy (81)
Linesman: Kory Nagy (97)

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 | Recap/Highlights
Game 5 – Sat., June 10 – SYRACUSE 5, Grand Rapids 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 6 – Tue., June 13 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Syracuse 3

(Feature Photo/TheAHL.com)

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