Griffins romp, move one win from AHL finals

Detroit News staff
Matthew Ford and Ryan Carpenter scrap in the second period of a penalty-filled game.

The Grand Rapids Griffins scored four goals in the second period and beat the visiting San Jose Barracuda 6-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference finals on Friday night.

The Griffins can clinch the series and a trip to the Calder Cup finals with a victory at Van Andel Arena on Saturday night.

A crowd of 8,707 was on hand at Van Andel, and Eric Tangradi led the charge with one goal and two assists.

Other Grand Rapids goals were scored by Tyler Bertuzzi, Tomas Nosek, Martin Frk, Ben Street and Evgeny Svechnikov.

Grand Rapids loves the high-flying Griffins

Griffins vs. Barracuda

What: Grand Rapids Griffins vs. San Jose Barracuda in best-of-seven AHL Western Conference finals series

At stake: Spot in Calder Cup finals



Home games at Van Andel Arena

Game 1: Grand Rapids 3, San Jose 1

Game 2: San Jose 4, Grand Rapids 2

Game 3: Grand Rapids 4, San Jose 2

Game 4: Grand Rapids 6, San Jose 2

Game 5, Saturday: at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

*Game 6, Tuesday: at San Jose, 10 p.m.

*Game 7, Wednesday: at San Jose, 10 p.m.

*If necessary