For those who actually read my short blurbs about Griffins hockey, it is good to be back. I was never really “gone” but as some of you know, my beautiful wife gave birth to our second little boy a couple of weeks ago. But let’s get to it!
The Griffins and Crunch face off in a pivotal game four. Syracuse jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the first period and never looked back, winning the game 5-3. The Griffins are still ahead in the series 2 games to 1 with two more games to be played in Syracuse and, if needed, two more in Grand Rapids.
Special teams and penalties were a factor in the loss for Grand Rapids. The Griffins were 0-4 on the power play and also committed nine penalties leading to two power play goals for the Crunch.
Both the Griffins and Crunch remain undefeated at home during the playoffs with the Griffins standing at 9-0 and the Crunch now 10-0.
Jared Coreau gave up five goals for the second consecutive game but there seems to be no cause for concern. Many of the players were using the phrase “puck luck” when describing some of the goals scored by the Crunch.
Tyler Bertuzzi continued his career playoff dominance scoring his eighth goal of the postseason. That goal tied him with former Griffins sniper Teemu Pulkkinen with 22 career playoff goals which is tops in Griffins franchise history.
The Griffins and Crunch are expected to go with the same lineups as they have during the entire series.
Jared Coreau stopped 27 of 32 shot earning the loss for the Griffins. He will be in net tonight looking to build off of a strong effort in the third period during game 3.
Tomas Nosek added an assist during the game three loss pushing his team leading total up to 19 (10-9-19). Dominic Turgeon scored his first career postseason goal and Kyle Criscuolo also chipped in with a goal.
The puck with drop in New York just after 7 p.m. and you can watch the game for free by going to ahllive.com and entering the promo code Finals17. You can also listen on ESPN 96.1 as Bob Kaser and Larry Figurski bring you all of the play-by-play.