SPORTS

Syracuse Crunch stay alive in Calder Cup final

06/14/2013 11:08 EDT | Updated 08/14/2013 05:12 EDT
The Grand Rapids Griffins will have to wait at least one more night to clinch their first American Hockey League championship.

The Syracuse Crunch staved off elimination from the Calder Cup final with a 3-2 win on Friday night in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grand Rapids still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 and will try again to wrap it up on Saturday night at home.

The Griffins led 2-1 midway through the second period on goals by Joakim Andersson and Jan Mursak, but Ondrej Palat and Richard Panik put the Crunch back in front before the end of the frame.

Brett Connolly also scored for Syracuse.

There was no scoring in the third period. The Griffins thought they had the tying goal with 17.4 seconds left, but it was waved off.

Cedrick Desjardins got the win in net, stopping 25 shots. Petr Mrazek made 21 saves in a losing effort.

The Griffins are the top farm team of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and the Crunch are the No. 1 affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both clubs are in the Calder Cup final for the first time.

No team has ever erased a 3-0 series deficit to win the Calder Cup, although three AHL teams have come back from such deficits to win best-of-seven playoff series.

It happened most recently in May when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ousted the Providence Bruins from the Eastern Conference semifinal.

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