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Callahan lifts Griffins with late goal

Mitch Callahan scored with 3:40 left in regulation as Grand Rapids rallied for a 4-2 win over San Jose in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night.

The Griffins lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one, heading into Game 4 on Friday.

After feeding Eric Tangradi for a great chance down low, Callahan circled the net and found a loose puck behind a sprawled-out Troy Grosenick, knocking it in for his fifth goal of the playoffs.

Matt Lorito scored the tying goal earlier in the third and Tomas Nosek added an empty-netter as the Griffins erased a 2-1 lead with less than 14 minutes remaining to improve to 5-0 on home ice this postseason.

Nathan Paetsch scored his first goal since Dec. 15 and Tangradi and Ben Street each tallied two assists.

John McCarthy and Ryan Carpenter scored for the Barracuda, who lost in regulation for the first time all year when leading after two periods (39-1-2).

Jared Coreau (9-2) finished with 31 saves; Grosenick stopped 38 of 41 in the loss.

Western Conference Finals – Series “N” (best-of-7)
P1-San Jose Barracuda vs. C2-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Sat., May 20 – Grand Rapids 3, SAN JOSE 1 | Recap
Game 2 – Sun., May 21 – SAN JOSE 4, Grand Rapids 2 | Recap
Game 3 – Wed., May 24 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, San Jose 2
Game 4 – Fri., May 26 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
Game 5 – Sat., May 27 – San Jose at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., May 30 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 31 – Grand Rapids at San Jose, 10:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern