GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Griffins and their loyal fan base have waited 17 years to win a championship.
What's one more day, Right?
The Griffins lost their star player Gustav Nyquist to a spearing call in the closing seconds of the second period and then had what appeared to be a game-tying goal waved off in the closing seconds of regulation Friday night, leading to a 3-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch in game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals.
The Griffins still have a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, and will have another chance to skate the Calder Cup on home ice Saturday night in game 5.
The game is sold out and is set to start at 7 p.m.
The Griffins pulled goalie Petr Mrazek for an extra skater late in regulation. Grand Rapids managed several shot attempts around Syracuse goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, but with 17.2 seconds remaining, the goal buzzer went off, and then the red light started spinning.
It had appeared the Griffins had tied the game at 3-3 and overtime was imminent.
After the referees checked out the replay, the goal was disallowed.
That was the second controversial play of the game involving the Griffins.
In the closing second of the second player, Gustav Nyquist was called for a spear and was immediately given a game-misconduct.
Joakim Andersson and Jan Mursak tallied first period goals for the Griffins, who let that lead slip away.
In the second period, The Crunch got goals from Ondrej Palat and Richard Panik, inside of a span of three minutes, to grab a 3-2 lead.
By Brent Ashcroft