Syracuse got the series back to their home ice, but the Grand Rapids Griffins have won the Calder Cup.
The Griffins, Grand Rapids' professional hockey franchise since 1996 have the first title in that sport after topping the Syracuse Crunch 5-to-2 Tuesday night in Game Six of the Calder Cup Finals.
Trailing 1-0 after one period, Grand Rapids tied it on a second period goal from Mitch Callahan and took the lead on a Tomas Tatar score. Tatar picked up a rebound just left of the crease off a Gustav Nyquist shot and lifted it past Crunch goalie Cedric Desjardins. There was no more scoring in the period.
Syracuse tied the game at two early in the third period, but Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans scored from the left point midway through the third to give Grand Rapids a 3-2 lead. The Griffins got a late power play and Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson scored goals into an empty net in the game's final minute.
Grand Rapids had won the first two Calder Cup Finals games in Syracuse and Game Three at home before Syracuse rallied back last Friday and Saturday nights. This postseason, the Griffins had beaten Houston in a best of three series, then eliminated Toronto and Oklahoma City to claim the AHL's Western Division Championship. WOOD Radio has been your home for Griffins hockey throughout their history.
The Griffins franchise opened in the International Hockey League in 1996 and played in the Turner Cup Final in 2000, losing to the Chicago Wolves in six games.