GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The countdown is on to the Calder Cup Finals — and it will be deja vu for the players who helped the Griffins win the championship in 2013.
The Grand Rapids Griffins and Syracuse Crunch open a best-of-seven series at Van Andel Arena on Friday, and Game 2 is there on Saturday. The Griffins are undefeated on home ice in the playoffs — and so is the Crunch.
“We want to protect home ice,” Griffins head coach Todd Nelson said. “So it’s important to get the two games here at home. Both teams are very strong with their home ice. They haven’t lost a game yet at home and neither have we. So it’s really important that we keep our home ice advantage.”
The Griffins beat the Crunch in 2013 to win the Calder Cup, but only a few players who were on each team are still remaining.
The Griffins were on the ice at Van Andel on Tuesday morning for practice. After a two-day break, the workout was about getting their legs back. Wednesday, they’ll start working on a game plan, work on five-on-five and adjustments.
“I think you just want to get going again. You want to get going into that final round,” Griffins defenseman Brian Lashoff said. “We’re excited. We’re amped up. I mean, there are guys … that have been there before with this group. We know how exciting it is in this city to try and win a championship here. So we’re ready to go. This week will be all about preparing and getting ready to go for another war.”