GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After completing a second straight first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Griffins will continue their quest for the Calder Cup by facing their longtime rivals, the Chicago Wolves, in the best-of-seven Central Division Finals.
The second-seeded Griffins and division-champion Wolves – fresh off of rallying past the Charlotte Checkers by winning the final two games of their series – will stage their first postseason clash in 13 years. Games 1 and 2 will take place at Allstate Arena on Wednesday, May 3 and Friday, May 5 before the series turns to Van Andel Arena for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday, May 6 and Monday, May 8. The complete schedule is as follows:
2017 Calder Cup Playoffs – Central Division Finals – Best of Seven
|Game 1||Wed., May 3||GRIFFINS at Chicago Wolves||8 p.m.|
|Game 2||Fri., May 5||GRIFFINS at Chicago Wolves||8 p.m.|
|Game 3||Sat., May 6||Chicago Wolves at GRIFFINS||7 p.m.|
|Game 4||Mon., May 8||Chicago Wolves at GRIFFINS||7 p.m.|
|*Game 5||Sat., May 13||GRIFFINS at Chicago Wolves||8 p.m.|
|*Game 6||Mon., May 15||Chicago Wolves at GRIFFINS||7 p.m.|
|*Game 7||Tue., May 16||GRIFFINS at Chicago Wolves||8 p.m.|
* If necessary
All times Eastern and subject to change
All games on ESPN 96.1 FM and AHLLive.com
While the Wolves (44-19-8-5, 101 pts.) surpassed the Griffins (47-23-1-5, 100 pts.) in the standings with just one week remaining in the regular season then held on to win the Central Division by a single point, it was Grand Rapids that held the upper hand in the season series.
The Griffins posted 4-1 records against Chicago both at home and on the road to claim eight of the 10 meetings overall, including each of the last five. However, three of Grand Rapids’ wins came in overtime, including 5-4 at Van Andel Arena on March 17 and 3-2 at Allstate Arena the following night to wrap up the regular season series.
Storylines of the series include:
Tickets for all division finals games at Van Andel Arena will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. at all Star Tickets locations, including The Zone, online through griffinshockey.com/tickets, by phone through Star Tickets at (800) 585-3737, or via the Griffins app for iPhone or Android.
Available for all playoff home games, Playoff 4-Packs include four or more tickets at a savings of $3 per ticket plus no service fees. To purchase a Playoff 4-Pack, visit griffinshockey.com/playoff4pack or call (616) 774-4585 ext. 2.
Fans who want to experience every Griffins game at Van Andel Arena during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs can now purchase a Griffins Playoff SuperPass. Enjoy the same great seat at significant savings plus the convenience of the “pay-as-we-play” method of payment. To reserve your Griffins Playoff SuperPass, visit griffinshockey.com/superpass or call (616) 774-4585 ext. 2.
Continuing a postseason tradition, the Griffins are extending their popular Friday promotion and will offer $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all home playoff games for two hours after the doors open, while supplies last. In addition, 2,500 fans will receive Griffins playoff rally towels during the second round, compliments of Auto Value Parts Stores.
Peppino’s Sports Grille in downtown Grand Rapids will host watch parties for all Griffins road games during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, including Games 1 and 2 in Chicago. Fans can enjoy $2 short and $4 tall Bud Light specials, $5.99 all-American burger baskets and $8.99 one-topping deep dish pizzas.