MILWAUKEE (WOOD) — Despite losing to Milwaukee 5-0 Saturday night, the Grand Rapids Griffins qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs for a franchise-record seventh consecutive season.
The Griffins surrendered three goals in the first minute and forty-eight seconds and ended up losing 5-0. With a victory or overtime loss, Grand Rapids would’ve clinched the playoff berth on its own.
The Griffins were also able to qualify if either Iowa or Manitoba lost in their respective games. Iowa defeated Rockford 3-0.
Manitoba lost to Chicago 4-2. The Moose trailed the Wolves 3-0 in the third period before fighting back to cut the deficit to 3-2 late in the third period. The Wolves scored in the final minute to stop Manitoba, allowing Grand Rapids to qualify for the postseason again.
The Griffins open the postseason versus the Wolves in a best-of-five series:
- Game 1 : 8 p.m. April 19 in Chicago
- Game 2: 8 p.m. April 20 in Chicago
- Game 3: 7 p.m. April 23 in Grand Rapids
- Game 4 (if necessary): 7 p.m. April 24 in Grand Rapids
- Game 5 (if necessary): 4 p.m. April 28 in Chicago
You can listen to the games on ESPN 96.1 FM or watch online at AHLTV.
Tickets for the game(s) at Van Andel Arena can be purchased online.