Griffins down Crunch, grab Calder Cup

The minor league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings beat the Syracuse Crunch in six games, closing out the best-of-seven series with a 4-3 win tonight in MI.

The Tigers rallied from a 6-0 deficit to tie last night's game with visiting Arizona at 6-6, and escaped a bases-loaded, none-out threat in the eighth inning by the Diamondbacks, but Detroit lost to the Snakes, 7-6, on David Peralta's homer off of Justin Wilson in the ninth inning. The rubber game of the series at Citi Field in Queens is this evening.

Gourde gave the Crunch a 3-2 lead heading into the third period, but Tyler Bertuzzi netted the game-tying goal 3:50 into the final frame.

Taormina found a rebound in the slot, one of several Coreau left, and snapped it past the goaltender with Griffins defenders sprawling all over the ice and unable to clear the puck.

Todd Nelson has won the American Hockey League championship. Syracuse defenseman Jake Dotchin threw the puck out front from below his goal line and Tomas Nosekdeflected it to the stick of Matthew Ford, who ripped it into the far corner from the edge of the right circle for his AHL-high sixth power play goal of the postseason. They claimed the title in 2013, which was also the first in the team's history.

The Crunch plays in Grand Rapids tonight. Griffins assistant coach Ben Simon won his first Calder Cup behind the bench after earning it as a forward for Chicago in 2002... GR Nosek (three assists); 3.

  • Carolyn Briggs