SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WOOD) - The Grand Rapids Griffins beat the Syracuse Crunch 5-2 Tuesday night, winning their first Calder Cup.
== There will be a celebration Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids. Doors open at 5 p.m. The free event will be first-come, first-served. The first 3,000 fans will get championship T-shirts. ==
The Crunch scored first near the end of the first period, but Grand Rapids came back with a vengeance in the second period with goals from Mitch Callahan and Tomas Tatar to take the lead.
In the third period, Andrej Sustr of Syracuse tied it up at 2, but the Griffins didn't allow the Crunch another goal.
Instead, Grand Rapids scored three more times. Tatar and Joakim Andersson scored empty-net goals in the last minute of play, securing the Griffins' victory.
Tatar won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy for being the most valuable player in the playoffs after scoring a league-best 16 goals in 24 games.
Grand Rapids' goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 24 shots to get his 15th postseason win. Cedrick Desjardins of the Crunch made 20 saves.
Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, where the Crunch play, was sold out for Game 6 Tuesday night with 6,375 people in attendance. Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids sold out for Game 4 and 5, with more than 11,000 fans each night.
Grand Rapids won the first two AHL championship games in Syracuse and Game 3 in Grand Rapids, but lost Games 4 and 5 at home last week.
GAME 6 SCORING RECAP:
- Richard Panik of Syracuse scores with 2:45 left in the first. Crunch lead 1-0.
- Mitch Callahan of Grand Rapids scores at 2:23. Game tied 1-1.
- Tomas Tatar scores on the power play at 12:41. Griffins lead 2-1.
- Andrej Sustr of Syracuse scores. Game tied 2-2.
- Brennan Evans of Grand Rapids scores at 9:54. Griffins lead 3-2.
- Tomas Tatar scores again at 19:11. Griffins lead 4-2.
- Joakim Andersson scores at 19:54. Griffins lock up a 5-2 win.
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