Grand Rapids Griffins win in Tuscon, clinch playoff berth

Per the Grand Rapids Griffins, who just defeated the Tuscon Roadrunners 4-1 (on Eric Tangradi’s 30th and 31st goals of the season, goals by Turner Elson and Dan Renouf, and a 22-save performance from Tom McCollum):

I know where I’ll be spending most of April, and, hopefully, May and June…

Update: The Griffins posted a press release. Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 AM:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins clinched a berth in the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs tonight following a 4-1 victory at Tucson and Milwaukee’s 5-1 loss at Chicago.

The Griffins have reached the playoffs for a franchise-record sixth consecutive campaign and will attempt to become first team since Hershey in 2009 and 2010 to repeat as champions. Including Grand Rapids’ first Calder Cup in 2013, the Griffins have advanced to at least the second round in each of the previous five postseasons.

Third-year head coach Todd Nelson is the second coach (Jeff Blashill) in franchise history to lead the Griffins to three straight postseason appearances. This season’s berth also marks the seventh time in as many full seasons as an AHL head coach that Nelson has guided his team to the playoffs.

The Griffins are the third team in the Central Division to clinch a playoff spot as Chicago and Manitoba also punched their postseason tickets tonight. Grand Rapids’ 88 points tie Manitoba for second in the division, while trailing first-place Chicago by one and leading fourth-place Rockford by two. The Griffins have three games remaining in the regular season.

Matchups and dates for the best-of-five Central Division Semifinals are still to be determined. Playoff tickets will go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m.

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