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Desjardins stops 40 as Syracuse beat Grand Rapids to stay alive in Calder Cup

Saturday, 06.15.2013 / 10:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Desjardins stops 40 as Syracuse beat Grand Rapids to stay alive in Calder Cup

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Cedrick Desjardins made 40 saves as the Syracuse Crunch stayed alive in the Calder Cup final Saturday with a 5-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 5.

Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists for Syracuse, which heads back home for Game 6 on Tuesday. The Crunch still trail the Griffins 3-2 in the series after Grand Rapids won the first three games.

Desjardins was at his best in the second period. He allowed just one goal during a Grand Rapids onslaught where the Griffins outshot the Crunch 20-5.

Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik, Dan Sexton and Brett Connolly also scored the Crunch.

Triston Grant and Tomas Tatar replied for the Griffins, while Petr Mrazek allowed four goals on 21 shots.

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