Syracuse Crunch

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-8-18 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch comeback falls short. Marlies complete sweep.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

TOR-2
SYR-1

Toronto Wins the Series 4-0

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:52 TOR Timashov (5), (Smith, Mueller)(PP)
14:56 TOR Johnsson (3), (Liljegren, Engvall)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:29 SYR McNeill (2), (Lynch, Verhaeghe)

Ingram was the game's second star.

This was a really strong season for Syracuse in terms of both overall performance and the ability to develop a very young group of players in the process. It's a shame that may end up being tempered by the embarassment of being swept by a very deep and powerful Toronto Marlies club. Looking forward to next year the club will get yet another influx of high caliber youth like Boris Katchouk and Alex Barre-Boulet, among others. So, the success is sustainable, but Toronto remains a problematic adversary in the division to overcome.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Look to Turn Page After Being Overwhelmed by Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After the final horn, the Syracuse Crunch were ready to put the game behind them.

The Crunch didn’t score on an early power play and went into a tailspin, as Syracuse lost to the Toronto Marlies, 7-1, in Game 3 of the North Division Finals Sunday.

Toronto, who topped Syracuse in double overtime Saturday, leads the series 3-0 and will go for the sweep on Tuesday.

“You’ve got to turn the page,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It’s one of our worst games of the year. But again, you’ve got to give credit to Toronto. They won a big game last night and carried the momentum over. They jumped on us and we weren’t ready to play.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-6-18 Marlies at Crunch

Flat Crunch get flattened.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

TOR-7
SYR-1

Toronto Leads the Series 3-0

Connor Ingram allowed 7 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
3:23 TOR Mueller (2), (Holl, Smith)
4:35 TOR Grundstrom (4), (Aaltonen, Johnsson)

Second Period
10:39 TOR Aaltonen (1), (Johnsson, Grundstrom)
14:05 TOR Greening (3), (Gauthier, Engvall)
17:14 SYR Cernak (1), (Verhaeghe, Lynch)

Third Period
8:23 TOR Moore (2), (LoVerde, Pickard)
15:08 TOR Johnsson (2), (Liljegren, Aaltonen)
18:20 TOR Moore (3), (Mueller)

Hard to believe about 24 hours ago the Crunch were a bounce away from making this a very competitive series. Clearly the sting of that Double OT loss carried over to Game Three and now the Crunch are in a seemingly impossible 3-0 hole.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-5-18 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch leave Toronto empty handed after double OT thriller.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

SYR-1
TOR-2 (2OT)

Toronto Leads the Series 2-0

Connor Ingram shined allowing 2 goals on 57 shots for the OT loss. He's exceeded expectations as a rookie and continues to make you think his ceiling could be higher than originally thought.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:25 SYR Peca (3), (Stephens)

Third Period
6:52 TOR Marchment (2), (Moore)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Double Overtime
15:10 TOR Gauthier (1), (Engvall)

Ingram was the game's second star.

That's a tough one to take, given the Crunch were just a bounce away from putting themselves in a really good position in this series. As it is, there's no need to panic. It's not a series until someone drops a home game. But, it does put a lot of pressure on Syracuse to win the next two tilts at home to get the series back to level.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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