Griffins secure home-ice advantage in playoffs

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Colin Campbell scored three goals and three other players each scored one as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Cleveland Monsters Saturday night at Van Andel Arena.

With the 6-4 win, the Grand Rapids Griffins secured home-ice advantage throughout the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs against the Manitoba Moose. The first round will be a best-of-five series that will start Saturday at Manitoba. Grand Rapids will host the final three games of the series if necessary.

Filip Hronek opened the scoring with a goal just 44 seconds into the game. He finished the season with 39 points, tying teammate Robbie Russo’s record for best season in franchise history by a rookie defenseman.

Colin Campbell netted the first of his three goals on the night later in the first period. 

After a Monsters goal made the score 2-1 in the second period, it was Campbell again doing the dirty work near the net. He rebounded shot and put it in to give the Griffins another two-goal advantage at 3-1. Dominik Shine added a second period goal as the Griffins took a 4-1 lead to the final period.

The Monsters opened the third period scoring to cut the deficit to 4-2. Ben Street’s goal made it 5-2, but Cleveland made things interesting with two more goals to trim the lead to just one at 5-4.

Campbell allowed the sellout crowd to breathe a sigh of relief with an empty net goal late as the Griffins secured the victory. 

Grand Rapids finished its regular season in second place of the Western Conference Central Division. 

**Watch full highlights from Saturday’s game in the above video.**

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