“We were confident going into the playoffs. We had been playing well through the whole year and we knew we could surprise some teams because nobody was expecting us to go far.” – Landon Ferraro
2013 Calder Cup Finals (best-of-7) Griffins vs. Syracuse Crunch Game 1 – Sat., June 8 – Grand Rapids 3, SYRACUSE 1 Game 2 – Sun., June 9 – Grand Rapids 6, SYRACUSE 4 Game 3 – Wed., June 12 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Syracuse 2 Game 4 – Fri., June 14 – Syracuse 3, GRAND RAPIDS 2 Game 5 – Sat., June 15 – Syracuse 5, GRAND RAPIDS 2 Game 6 – Tue., June 18 – Grand Rapids 5, SYRACUSE 2 The Griffins were considered underdogs against The Crunch, who had won 11 of 12 playoff games and had 10 players from Norfolk’s 2012 championship squad. Riley Sheahan’s third-period goal was the difference in Game 1 while the Griffins got goals from six different players (Tatar, Triston Grant, Ferraro, Jurco, Francis Pare and Mursak) to edge the Crunch in Game 2. Late third-period goals by Mursak and Hoggan broke a 2-2 tie to give the Griffins a commanding 3-0 series advantage. Hoping to clinch the Cup at home in front of rabid, standing-room-only crowds, the Griffins dropped the next two games, forcing Game 6 in Syracuse. The Crunch got on the board first before second-period goals by Mitch Callahan and Tatar put the Griffins up 2-1. Syracuse tied the game early in the third period, but a slap shot by Evans found the net and put the Griffins up for good, with Tatar and Andersson icing the victory and the first championship in the organization’s 17-year history.
Mrazek was solid during the Finals against Syracuse, as he had been throughout the playoffs. 26
Chad Billins uses positioning to outwork the bigger Syracuse player.
Evans scored the biggest goal of his career in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals.
Hoggan scored a big goal in Game 3 to give the Griffins a commanding series lead.
Jurco had become one of the Griffins’ most dangerous players by the playoffs.
Riley Sheahan celebrates his game-winning goal in the series opener against Syracuse.
Grand Rapids GRIFFINS • 2013 Calder Cup Champions