The Grand Rapids Griffins are staying alive.
Matthew Ford and Ben Street scored second-period goals 75 seconds apart to help the Griffins stave off elimination with a 3-0 victory over the Manitoba Moose Thursday at Van Andel Arena in their AHL Central Division playoff series.
Grand Rapids, the reigning Calder Cup champions, evened the series at 2-all and forced a do-or-die Game 5 on Monday at home. Faceoff is at 7 p.m.
After being held to three shots in a scoreless first period, Ford broke through 1:35 left in the second off a feed from Robbie Russo before Street struck with 20 seconds remaining to give the Griffins a 2-0 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Brian Lashoff provided the finishing touches with an empty-net goal with roughly three minutes left in the third period, while Jared Coreau made 25 saves to record the shutout.
CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS
CENTRAL DIVISION SEMIFINALS
Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Manitoba Moose
Game 1: Manitoba 3, Grand Rapids 2
Game 2: Grand Rapids 5, Manitoba 1
Game 3: Manitoba 6, Grand Rapids 3
Game 4: Grand Rapids 3, Manitoba 0
Monday: at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.