Tonight the Grand Rapids Griffins will face the San Jose Baraccuda in Game 5 of their series in hopes of securing a trip to the Calder Cup playoffs. The Griffs lead the Baraccuda 3-1 in the series and are still undefeated at home.
Last night, the Griffins dominated the California team 6-2. Goal scorers for the Griffins included Evgeny Svechnikov who earned his tenth point in the post season on a power play, he now has the most points amongst Grand Rapids rookies. Tyler Bertuzzi netted his 6th goal of the post season and is now one goal behind Tomas Nosek in the post season. Frk, Nosek (PP), Street and Tangradi also added to the Griffins domination over the Baraccuda. The two power play goals gave Grand Rapids a 10 game streak. They now have a power play goal in 11 of their 12 post season games. To make the high scoring game even more interesting, Dylan McIlrath got into a brief center-ice fight with Dan Kelly to add to the 30 penalties (5 game misconducts) that were called in the game. Jared Coreau took his 12th start of the post season and now holds 10-2 record throughout the 2017 Calder Cup Plauoffs. The Griffins also out shot the Baraccuda 34-20.
Tonight the Griffins play at seven o’clock sharp at Van Andel Arena.
Syracuse leads Providence in the Eastern Conference finals, 3-1. If both Syracuse and Grand Rapids were to advance to the finals, the series would be a rematch of the 2013 Calder Cup finals where the Griffins took the title in 7 games.
If the Griffins can’t take the series tonight at home, they will travel back to California for game 7.
You can listen to the game on 106.9 FM in the Grand Rapids area, or follow both @GriffinsHockey and @GriffinsGameDay on Twitter to follow tonight’s action.