SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WOOD) — The Syracuse Crunch won Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals Wednesday, stopping the Grand Rapids Griffins from getting a stranglehold on the series.
The Crunch had a decisive 5-3 victory.
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“I think we have to be smarter as a group,” Griffins head coach Todd Nelson said after the game. “Every time we started to get something going, we took a penalty. So in those situations, you have to be more disciplined.”
“Every game we’ve lost, all three in the playoffs, we’ve lost the special teams battles. So when we win the special teams battles, we usually win the hockey game. So that will be the difference in most games when it comes to the playoffs,” team captain Nathan Paetsch said.
The Griffins still lead the best-of-seven series, having won Games 1 and 2 in Grand Rapids. The series moved to Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse for Game 3. Both teams are undefeated on home ice in this postseason.
“This is playoff hockey,” Griffins right wing Matthew Ford said. “It’s exciting. It wasn’t going to be easy.”
Games 4 and 5 are set for Friday and Saturday in Syracuse.