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Griffins advance to Calder Cup finals with game 7 win over Barons

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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Griffins will play for the Calder Cup for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Oklahoma City Barons four games to three in the Western Conference Finals, capped off by tonight's wild 5-4 victory in Game 7 at Van Andel Arena.

The Griffins will now face the Syracuse Crunch in the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals. Games 1 and 2 will be played this Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 at the Onondaga County War Memorial, before the series switches to Van Andel Arena on Wednesday, June 12 for the first of as many as three straight games. The complete schedule is as follows:

2013 Calder Cup Finals:

  • Game 1
    Sat., June 8
    GRIFFINS at Crunch
    7 p.m.
  • Game 2
    Sun., June 9
    GRIFFINS at Crunch
    6 p.m.
  • Game 3
    Wed., June 12
    Crunch at GRIFFINS
    7 p.m. (Game K)
  • Game 4
    Fri., June 14
    Crunch at GRIFFINS
    7 p.m. (Game L)
  • Game 5*
    Sat., June 15
    Crunch at GRIFFINS
    7 p.m. (Game M)
  • Game 6*
    Tue., June 18
    GRIFFINS at Crunch
    7 p.m.
  • Game 7*
    Thu., June 20
    GRIFFINS at Crunch
    7 p.m.

Tickets for Games 3 and 4 and the potential Game 5 at Van Andel Arena will go on sale to the public Thursday at 10 a.m. They may be purchased in person at Van Andel Arena, by phone at (800) 585-3737, or through

This will mark the first-ever playoff meeting between Grand Rapids and Syracuse, each of which will make its Calder Cup Finals debut.

Dan Harland will be live from Van Andel Arena with highlights and reaction on WZZM 13 News at 11.

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