Cory Emmerton snapped a 2-2 tie with a shorthanded goal in the final minute of the first period and the Grand Rapids Griffins rolled from there, taking a 7-2 decision from Abbotsford on Saturday night and bringing a 2-0 series lead back home with them from western Canada.
The defending Calder Cup champions, who won their seventh consecutive road playoff game, host Game 3 on Wednesday night.
Andrej Nestrasil (2g, 1a), Teemu Pulkkinen (1g, 2a) and Ryan Sproul (1g, 2a) all had three points for the Griffins in the Game 2 victory, which came a night after Grand Rapids’ draining double-overtime win in the series opener on Friday. Jeff Hoggan and Trevor Parkes also scored and Petr Mrazek stopped 15 shots as Grand Rapids finished with a 46-17 advantage in shots on goal.
Western Conference Quarterfinals – Series “H” (best-of-5)
4-Grand Rapids Griffins vs. 5-Abbotsford Heat
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 25 – Grand Rapids 2, ABBOTSFORD 1 (2OT)
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids 7, ABBOTSFORD 2
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 30 – Abbotsford at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 4 – Fri., May 2 – Abbotsford at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 –Sat., May 3 – Abbotsford at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern