Tomas Jurco, one of the bright young prospects in the Detroit Red Wings’ organization, propelled the Grand Rapids Griffins into the AHL’s Calder Cup Finals on Wednesday night. With the Griffins and Oklahoma City Barons tied at 4-4 in Game 7 of their conference final series, Jurco split a pair of Barons defenders and snapped home the goal that stood as the game-winner.
The Griffins blew a third-period lead in Tuesday’s Game 6, forcing the decisive final game of the series. It looked as if the Barons might steal Game 7, too, as they grabbed leads of 2-1 and 4-3.
Jan Mursak, who will leave the Red Wings organization at the conclusion of this season, twice lit the lamp — he put Grand Rapids ahead 1-0 early, then scored the all-important tying goal in the third to knot the game at four. Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, two players who appear ticketed for spots on the Detroit NHL roster in 2013-14, also tallied goals.
But it was Jurco with the historic marker, which sent the Griffins to the AHL finals for the first time in franchise history. Game 1 between the Griffins and the Syracuse Crunch is set for Saturday night, in Syracuse.
Video of Jurco’s goal is below (sorry for the quality — we’ll update when a better one becomes available):