Ben Street‘s second goal of the night came at 7:02 of the second overtime to give the Grand Rapids Griffins a 6-5 win over the Syracuse Crunch Saturday at Van Andel Arena.
The Griffins now have a 2-0 series lead in the Calder Cup Final in the best-of-seven series.
Street added an assist for a three-point night, Martin Frk added a goal and two assists and Jared Coreau (13-2) made 21 of his 50 saves during sudden-death as Grand Rapids remained perfect at home this postseason.
The Griffins opened the Game 2 scoring at 5:27 of the first period with a power-play goal as Frk picked the top corner with a laser from the right-wing faceoff dot, his fourth goal of the playoffs.
Syracuse answered at 10:37 as Yanni Gourde netted his sixth goal of the postseason, skating down the right wing and chipping the puck past Coreau.
Grand Rapids carried the 2-1 lead into the second period but the Crunch tied it up again at the 4:30 mark when Joel Vermin got around a defender and went backhand-to-forehand before slipping a shot past Coreau for his second goal of the series and seventh of the playoffs.
The Griffins made it 3-3 with another power-play goal at 12:53. Frk sprung Mitch Callahan into the offensive zone with a long outlet pass, and Evgeny Svechnikov knocked in a rebound for his fifth goal of the playoffs.
Game 1 hero Tomas Nosek gave Grand Rapids a 4-3 lead just 24 seconds into the third, deflecting a shot by Street past McKenna for his 10th goal of the playoffs.
But Syracuse scored its first power-play goal in seven tries this series to tie it at 4-4 with 12:13 remaining, as Cory Conacher one-timed a feed from Gourde for his 10th postseason goal, re-tying Nosek for the league lead.
Tyler Bertuzzi gave Grand Rapids its fourth one-goal lead of the night with 6:24 to go, finishing a barrage of Griffins shots with a rocket from the left-wing dot, his seventh goal of the playoffs.
Syracuse had several great chances in overtime, including a power play that spanned the two extra periods but leaves West Michigan without a win.
McKenna (11-7) made 45 saves on the night.
NOTES: Shots on goal were 55-51 in favor of Syracuse… This was the first double-overtime game in the Calder Cup Finals since 2005, when Patrick Sharp gave Philadelphia a 2-1 win over Chicago in Game 2 of that series… Attendance was 10,834, the Griffins’ first sellout of the postseason… Grand Rapids’ three power-play goals tied a franchise record for a single playoff game… The Griffins improved to 9-0 when scoring the game’s first goal, and 9-0 at home… The Crunch, 2-7 on the road in the playoffs, will take their own nine-game home winning streak into Game 3 on Wednesday. – (TheAHL.com)
Grand Rapids 6 – Syracuse 5 Double-OT
|Syracuse Crunch||1||2||2||0||0||5||1 / 6|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||2||1||2||0||1||6||3 / 5|
|Head Coach: Benoit Groulx|
|Assistant Coach: Jeff Halpern|
|Assistant Coach: Trent Cull|
|Head Coach: Todd Nelson|
|Assistant Coach: Mike Knuble|
|Assistant Coach: Ben Simon|
|5:27||GR||Martin Frk (4) ASST: Matthew Ford (4), Tomas Nosek (8) (PP)|
|10:37||SYR||Yanni Gourde (6) ASST: None|
|12:29||GR||Ben Street (5) ASST: Eric Tangradi (14)|
|4:30||SYR||Joel Vermin (7) ASST: None|
|5:41||SYR||Erik Condra (5) ASST: Matthew Peca (9), Michael Bournival (4)|
|12:53||GR||Evgeny Svechnikov (5) ASST: Mitch Callahan (9), Martin Frk (7)(PP)|
|0:24||GR||Tomas Nosek (10) ASST: Ben Street (12), Martin Frk (8) (PP)|
|7:47||SYR||Cory Conacher (10) ASST: Yanni Gourde (14), Adam Erne (5)(PP)|
|13:36||GR||Tyler Bertuzzi (7) ASST: Nathan Paetsch (4), Joe Hicketts (6)|
|15:15||SYR||Michael Bournival (7) ASST: Jake Dotchin (6), Erik Condra (11)|
|7:02||GR||Ben Street (6) ASST: Eric Tangradi (15)|
|03:06||GR||Brian Lashoff, Hooking, 2 min PP|
|03:48||SYR||Cory Conacher, Hooking, 2 min PP|
|14:03||GR||Dylan McIlrath, Roughing, 2 min PP|
|17:17||SYR||Michael Bournival, Hooking, 2 min PP|
|17:24||GR||Martin Frk, Checking to the head, 2 min PP|
|00:04||GR||Tomas Nosek, Elbowing, 2 min PP|
|06:08||SYR||Tye McGinn, Tripping, 2 min PP|
|11:29||SYR||Dominik Masin, Tripping, 2 min PP|
|19:36||SYR||Gabriel Dumont, Hooking, 2 min PP|
|06:28||GR||Tyler Bertuzzi, Cross-checking, 2 min PP|
|18:21||GR||Ben Street, Delay of game, 2 min PP|
Van Andel Arena
Start: 7:11 pm
End: 11:17 pm
Referee: Terry Koharski (10)
Referee: Jake Brenk (42)
Linesman: Kory Nagy (97)
Linesman: Ryan Daisy (81)
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)
Game 3 – Wed., June 7 – Grand Rapids at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., June 9 – Grand Rapids at Syracuse, 7:00
*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