Griffins Riley Sheahan and Francis Pare celebrate a goal in their Calder Cup Finals series against Syracuse. (Photo courtesy: Mark Newman)
(WZZM) - The Griffins used a stout defense to win Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals, Sunday they showed off a high-powered offense. Now they're heading back home two wins away from their first Calder Cup.
The Griffins topped Syracuse 6-4 Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the AHL's championship series.
Tomas Tatar opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game. Triston Grant, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Jurco, Francis Pare and Jan Mursak also scored for the Griffins.
The ten goals and 15 penalties taken in Game 2 were a far cry from Saturday's 3-1 final in Game 1.
Syracuse rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the game in the second period, before Pare scored the game winner off a pass from Riley Sheahan.
Mursak scored on a third period breakaway to help the Griffins pull away.
Petr Mrazek made 30 saves for the Griffins, who were outshot 34-29.
Games three, four and a potential game five will be played at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, starting with Game 3 Wednesday night at 7:00.
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