As Syracuse Crunch fans sit on the edge of their seats waiting to see who their opponent will be for the Calder Cup Championship Finals, their wait got just a little longer.
In a stunning turn of events, despite being on the brink of elimination, the Oklahoma City Barons surged back to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the third period and defeat the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3, forcing a Game 7.
The Barons, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, struck first late in the first period with a goal by center Mark Arcobello on the Power Play. However, just 5 minutes later the Griffins, AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, struck back with a goal of their own from right wing Tomas Jurco at 18:39, also on the Power Play.
The second period was all about the Griffins. The Griffins would notch two more goals in the second period, one at 4:27 by 21 year old right wing Mitch Callahan, and the other at 18:31 by left wing Jeff Hoggan. When the buzzer sounded on the second period, the score would be 3-1 Griffins.
Not to be denied, the Barons struck back, and hard, in the third period. Their first goal of the period was at the hands of Arcobello, who scored his second goal of the night. The next two goals would come at the end of the period. The first of those goals would come at 17:33 from Finnish left wing Toni Rajala. The second, and game winner, would come 18:55, with just over a minute left in the game, from center Anton Lander.
Game 7 is set to take place tonight at 7:00 p.m. EST at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
The winner of this game will take on our Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, the start of a best-of-seven series, for the chance the hoist the Calder Cup high in the air.
Which team do you think we will see facing the Crunch on Saturday? Do you think the Crunch have what it takes to go all the way? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.