The Lake Erie Monsters are still unbeaten, and now they are one win away from a trip to the conference finals.
Joonas Korpisalo made 41 saves as the Monsters held on for a 2-1 win over Grand Rapids in Game 3 of the Central Division Finals at Van Andel Arena on Sunday afternoon.
With a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, Lake Erie can close out the Griffins with another win in Game 4 on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, AHL Live).
Korpisalo is now 6-0 during the playoffs and has won eight consecutive starts going back to the regular season.
Grand Rapids went on to control play the rest of the stanza, outshooting the Monsters, 22-8. But Lake Erie held the lead heading into intermission.
The Griffins finally broke through late in the second period, as Ryan Sproul stepped into a one-timer and beat Korpisalo with 2:12 remaining in the frame.
Grand Rapids pressed for the equalizer in the third period putting 13 more shots on goal, but Korpisalo was up to the task.
McCollum (3-3), making his 20th consecutive postseason start in net for the Griffins, made 21 saves in Game 3.
Central Division Finals – Series “K” (best-of-7)
C2-Lake Erie Monsters vs. C4-Grand Rapids Griffins
Game 1 – Thu., May 5 – LAKE ERIE 3, Grand Rapids 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Sat., May 7 – LAKE ERIE 4, Grand Rapids 3
Game 3 – Sun., May 8 – Lake Erie 2, GRAND RAPIDS 1
Game 4 – Tue., May 10 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., May 14 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 16 – Lake Erie at Grand Rapids, 7:00
*Game 7 – Tue., May 17 – Grand Rapids at Lake Erie, 7:00
*if necessary… All times Eastern
— AHL (@TheAHL) May 8, 2016