The Grand Rapids Griffins are one victory from another championship.
The Griffins defeated the Syracuse Crunch 3-2 Friday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven AHL Calder Cup Finals.
Grand Rapids can win its second Calder Cup in five years at Syracuse in Game 5 Saturday night.
Dan Renouf had two goals and Ben Street opened the scoring for the Griffins. Goaltender Jared Coreau stopped 31 shots.
Grand Rapids outshot the Crunch 35-33.
Yanni Gourde and Michael Bournival answered with Syracuse goals.
Bournival’s eighth goal at 7:29 of the third period cut the Griffins lead to 3-2.
Syracuse had a power play with 2:21 left but couldn’t get the tying goal.
Neither team had success on the power play, Grand Rapids going 0-for-7 and Syracuse 0-for-5.
Street opened the scoring with his eighth goal, a backhand rebound at 10:00 of the first period.
Then it was Renouf, normally a defensive defenseman, who scored twice to put Grand Rapids ahead 3-0.
Renouf scored at 17:48 of the first period, giving the Griffins a 2-0 lead, then added his fourth goal of the playoffs at 10:33 of the second period to extend the lead to 3-0.
Gourde scored at 11:45, his seventh goal, to cut the lead to 3-1.
If the series goes to a Game 6, it would be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Grand Rapids. Game 7 would be Wednesday at Van Andel Arena.
Calder Cup Finals
Syracuse vs. Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids leads series 3-1
Game 1: Grand Rapids 3-2
Game 2: Grand Rapids 6-5 (2OT)
Game 3: Syracuse 5-3
Game 4: Grand Rapids 3-2
Saturday: at Syracuse, 7 p.m.
x-Tuesday: at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.
x-Wednesday: at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.