The Griffins' third round matchup starts on Friday against Oklahoma City (Oilers affiliate). The Griffins sent us this series preview in preparation.
There's a TON of information in here, but the best of all is the $2 beers and $2 hot dogs at all Griffins home games throughout the playoffs. Tickets are reasonably priced and the hockey features guys like Tomas Tatar and Petr Mrazek. It's going to be good hockey.
#3 GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS vs. #5 OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS
Game 1 - Fri., May 24 - Barons at GRIFFINS - 7 p.m. (season ticket Game G)
The Lowdown: The Griffins advanced to the Western Conference Finals after a thrilling come-from-behind victory in Game 6 of the semifinal round against the Toronto Marlies. After failing to close out the series at home in Game 5, the Griffins found themselves in a 3-1 hole with less than 10 minutes to play in the third period. Jan Mursak and Tomas Tatar tied the game with goals just 28 seconds apart, and Luke Glendening tallied the series-clinching marker with 4:03 remaining. Oklahoma City begins the third round after knocking off the Western Conference-champion Texas Stars in five games, winning each of the series’ last three games by four goals (4-0, 7-3 and 5-1). The Barons also defeated their first round opponent, the Charlotte Checkers, in a similar fashion, winning back-to-back games by 8-1 and 6-2 margins after falling behind 2-1 in the series. This series marks the second consecutive conference final appearance for Oklahoma City in just its third season in the AHL. The Barons were defeated in five games by the Marlies last spring.
2012-13 Griffins vs. Barons
Griffins Records: 2-2-0-0 Overall, 2-0-0-0 in Grand Rapids, 0-2-0-0 in Oklahoma City
Oh Captain, My Captain: One of the hottest Griffins over the second half of the season was captain and former Calder Cup-winner Jeff Hoggan. After recording 14 points (5-9—14) in the team’s first 38 games – leading up to the NHL season starting on Jan. 19 – Hoggan rattled off 31 points (15-16—31) in the final 38 games, including 14 (7-7—14) over the team’s final 14 contests (March 22-April 21). It marked the fourth time in his 11 years as a pro that he reached the 20-goal plateau, as he finished fourth on the team with 45 points (20-25—45) in 76 games. Hoggan also boasts the most AHL playoff experience on the team at 49 games.