The Grand Rapids Griffins and Syracuse Crunch will meet in the 2017 Calder Cup Finals beginning Friday night, June 2, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Griffins and Crunch closed out their respective conference championship series with Game 5 victories on Saturday night. Grand Rapids eliminated San Jose, while Syracuse knocked off Providence.
It will be the second head-to-head meeting in the AHL's championship series in the last five years for the clubs. The Griffins defeated the Crunch, four games to two, to win the Calder Cup in 2013.
As Western Conference champions, the Griffins, top development affiliate of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings, have won the Robert W. Clarke Trophy in their second season under head coach Todd Nelson. The Griffins were 47-23-1-5 (100 points, .658) and finished second in the Central Division during the regular season before defeating the Milwaukee Admirals (3-0), the Chicago Wolves (4-1) and the San Jose Barracuda (4-1) en route to the Finals.
Top development team of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, the Crunch are the winners of the Richard F. Canning Trophy as the AHL's Eastern Conference champions. Under first-year head coach Benoit Groulx, the Crunch won the North Division with a record of 38-24-7-7 (90 points, .592) and eliminated the St. John's IceCaps (3-1), Toronto Marlies (4-3) and Providence Bruins (4-1) in the playoffs.
2017 Calder Cup Finals - Series "O" (best-of-7)
Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Syracuse Crunch
Game 1 - Fri., June 2 - Syracuse at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 2 - Sat., June 3 - Syracuse at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 3 - Wed., June 7 - Grand Rapids at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 4 - Fri., June 9 - Grand Rapids at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 5 - Sat., June 10 - Grand Rapids at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 6 - Tue., June 13 - Syracuse at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 - Wed., June 14 - Syracuse at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern