The Syracuse Crunch battled for the entirety of Game 2, and even tied the the game in the second period, but the Grand Rapids Griffins were relentless, winning 6-4, and gained a 2-0 edge in the Calder Cup Finals.
The Griffins once again started out the scoring, as Tomas Tatar scored on a deflection in front of Crunch goalie Cedrick Desjardins to make it 1-0 less than five minutes into the game. Triston Grant scored to make it 2-0, and finally Andrej Sustr was able to stop the bleeding with a wrister from the back about 14 minutes into the first period.
The teams went into the second 2-1, which is when craziness ensued. First, Landon Ferraro scored to make it 3-1 Griffins. Richard Panik answered with a rebound off a Tyler Johnson shot to cut the lead back to one. Tomas Jurco scored on a powerplay, a goal that was reviewed by the officials, which was held up. Brett Connolly scored on another rebound off a Tyler Johnson shot to make the score 4-3.
A few minutes later, Crunch goaltender Cedrick Desjardins made an amazing save to keep the lead at one with about a minute to play in the period. But, the referees once again stopped play, leading some to believe they were reviewing his save. Instead, the review was focused on a JT Brown shot just a few seconds prior to the stoppage. The refs ruled his shot went through the net, and awarded the Crunch the goal tying the game at 4. The referees put more than two minutes back on the clock, giving Francis Pare enough time to score on a Griffins powerplay, giving Grand Rapids a 5-4 lead going into the final period.
The Crunch had chances in the third, but could not find the back of the net, and a Jan Mursak goal proved to be the dagger, resulting in a 6-4 victory for the Griffins.
The Crunch now must win on the road, as they travel to Grand Rapids for Games 3 and 4, and 5 if necessary. Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday, and faceoff comes at 7 pm.