Moose end Grand Rapids Griffins’ bid for repeat
The Grand Rapids Griffins aren’t going to repeat as Calder Cup champions.
The Griffins saw their opportunity to defend the championship end Monday when they lost 5-1 to the Manitoba Moose in the deciding fifth game of their first-round series.
Manitoba won the series 3-2 — the teams alternated victories through the five games — and advances to play Rockford in the second round.
Manitoba’s Cameron Schilling scored with 13 seconds left in the second period, breaking a 1-1 tie.
The late goal gave the Moose momentum, who added goals from Mike Sbargossa, Brendan Lemieux and Chase De Leo (empty net) in the third period.
Matt Puempel (power play) scored for the Griffins in the first period, tying the game 1-1.
Griffins goalie Jared Coreau stopped 24 of 28 shots, while Manitoba’s Eric Comrie made 32 of 33 saves.
Patrice Cormier had the other Moose goal.