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  • 18 weeks 1 day ago

    Squeaker loss forces series to go the distance.

    SYR-1
    TOR-2

    Series Tied 3-3

    Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    2:09 SYR Bournival (2), (Froese, Koekkoek)(SH)
    7:24 TOR Grundstrom (3), (O'Reilly, Griffith)(PP)

    Third Period
    11:33 TOR Nielsen (1), (Griffith, O'Reilly)(PP)

    It's been a homer series, and if the Crunch are to advance they'll just have to win the decisive Game Seven on home ice. Very simple.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 18 weeks 3 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch held serve on home ice and pushed the Toronto Marlies to the brink of elimination.

    The Crunch quickly answered after the Marlies opened the scoring in the first period and rattled off five unanswered goals, as Syracuse beat Toronto, 5-1, in Game 5 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    Syracuse leads the series 3-2, as the series shifts back to Toronto for Game 6 Monday.

    “I don’t think we have any changes to make,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said heading into Monday. “We played our game, and our challenge is to play our game Monday in Toronto.”

  • 18 weeks 3 days ago

    Crunchning Death Star thrives on imperial home ice.

    TOR-1
    SYR-5

    Syracuse Leads the Series 3-2

    Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory in the kind of bounceback game you need from your goaltender in playoff time after the odd rough outing (which happens in a long playoff run).

    First Period
    8:26 TOR Oleksy (1), (Findlay, Clune)
    11:24 SYR Peca (3), (Condra, Racine)

    Second Period
    3:18 SYR Vermin (4), (Conacher, Gourde)
    9:25 SYR Lynch (1), (Walcott)

    Third Period
    1:35 SYR Racine (1), (Gourde)(SH)
    16:22 SYR Dumont (2), (Condra, Bournival)(EN)

    McKenna, Slater Koekkoek, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

    With the chips down the Syracuse Crunch brought their best effort to the rink tonight in an absolutely critical Game Five tilt in a tied up series. Mind you, this series should be over right now were it not for the Crunch's late game collapse in Game Three, but that contest is water under the bridge at this point. Now Syracuse gets Jake Dotchin back from suspension heading into a potential closeout game. It's never easy to finish off a good opponent on the road at playoff time, but champions typically find a way.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 18 weeks 6 days ago

    All square in the battle for the North Division.

    SYR-2
    TOR-3

    Series Tied 2-2

    Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 15 shots for the loss before being pulled at the First Intermission. Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 14 shots he faced the rest of the way to give his team a chance.

    First Period
    4:45 SYR Erne (2), (unassisted)
    5:51 TOR Clune (1), (Rychel)
    8:05 TOR Rychel (2), (Kapanen)(PP)
    16:24 TOR Moore (2), (O'Reilly, Griffith)(PP)

    Second Period
    2:23 SYR Thomas (1), (Koekkoek, Dumont)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Syracuse got outshot 29-19 in the contest and momentum is now firmly in the camp of the Marlies with the Dotchin suspension still with 1 game left to burn.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 14 hours ago

    Late game collapse points to trouble for Crunch.

    SYR-3
    TOR-5

    Syracuse Leads the Series 2-1

    Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the loss. Man, Syracuse could've really used a couple of more timely saves in this one.

    First Period
    11:44 SYR Erne (1), (Froese, Taormina)

    Second Period
    1:54 SYR Froese (3), (Taormina, Peca)(PP)
    10:07 TOR Johnsson (4), (Kapanen, O'Reilly)(PP)
    13:52 TOR Johnsson (5), (Greening)

    Third Period
    9:05 SYR Condra (4), (Koekkoek, McGinn)
    18:04 TOR Leipsic (3), (Nielsen, Kapanen)
    18:22 TOR Grundstrom (2), (Griffith, Oleksy)
    18:37 TOR Kapanen (2), (unassisted)

    The Crunchning Death Star ran into their first serious technical problem before Game Three learning of a 3 game suspension to Jake Dotchin for a late hit thrown in Game Two. Dotchin ended Tampa Bay's regular season playing like a NHL top-four defenseman, and losing Dotchin for the lineup for a key stretch of this series is a troubling problem for the Crunch defensive corps. They really need to get one of these games in Toronto and tonight they came within two minutes of pulling off the task before the bottom fell out. Now Toronto has momentum and an opportunity to knot the series up, putting some serious pressure back on Syracuse's shoulders while they're still without Dotchin's services for two more games. Game Four looms large.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 3 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch surged early, but had to hang on at the end.

    The Crunch scored three times before the Marlies got a shot on goal and limited the Marlies to two shots in the first 20 minutes. Toronto was able to capitalize on three power plays to cut its deficit to two, but Syracuse held on for an 8-5 win in Game 2 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    Syracuse leads the series 2-0 as the series continues in Toronto Tuesday.

    “I think tonight showed some of our best hockey and then later in the game maybe not some of our best,” Crunch forward Matthew Peca said. “Limiting a team to two shots is pretty good. It’s all a part of how well we started. We were hitting. We were shooting. We were keeping the puck in their zone. We just have to play in their end and we’ll be fine.”

  • 19 weeks 3 days ago

    Crunchning Death Star snowmans unsuspecting Marlies.

    TOR-5
    SYR-8

    Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

    Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 19 shots for the victory. Maybe not a banner night for McKenna, but he got that sweet nectar known as goal support.

    First Period
    3:27 SYR Conacher (2), (Froese, Thomas)(SH)
    4:48 SYR Bournival (1), (Conacher, Gourde)
    9:30 SYR Peca (1), (Bournival, Erne)
    15:15 TOR Johnsson (3), (Holl)
    19:39 SYR McGinn (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

    Second Period
    2:29 SYR Vermin (2), (Walcott, Lynch)
    4:00 SYR Peca (2), (Condra, McGinn)
    8:15 TOR O'Reilly (1), (Grundstrom, Griffith)(PP)
    12:00 TOR Kapanen (1), (Dermott)(PP)

    Third Period
    10:46 TOR Grundstrom (1), (Nielsen, Griffith)(PP)
    11:58 SYR Conacher (3), (Gourde)(SH)
    16:18 SYR Vermin (3), (Masin, Gourde)(EN)
    18:56 TOR Griffith (1), (Greening)

    Cory Conacher, Matthew Peca, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars. There's little doubt this has been a veteran-heavy effort in the playoffs thus far, but it's good to see Matthew Peca having a good playoff run too, and he's now up to a point a game so far.

    Syracuse did an excellent job to hold serve at home in Game One and Two, making sure that Toronto suffered properly for stubbing their toe in their regular season finale on the way to losing the North Division crown. That said, the old adage is still true: it's not a series until someone loses a game at home. Syracuse's challenge now is to win at least one game in the Marlies' barn with a view toward winning this series as quickly as possible in preparation for the colossal challenge that awaits if they can make it to the conference final.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 19 weeks 4 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Dealt at the deadline, Byron Froese had a chance to show what he could do against his former team.

    Froese finished with a goal and an assist to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Toronto Marlies, 3-1, in Game 1 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Syracuse.

    “It’s not personal, but you always want to play well against a team that traded you away, right?” Froese said. “I don’t think I left on bad trms at all, but it’s an exciting series and it’s a big series for us.”

  • 19 weeks 4 days ago

    Crunch win Game Uno on Cinco de Mayo.

    TOR-1
    SYR-3

    Syracuse Leads the Series 1-0

    Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    1:39 TOR Johnsson (2), (Nielsen, Moore)
    14:40 SYR Condra (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

    Second Period
    16:15 SYR Froese (2), (Erne, Walcott)

    Third Period
    18:43 SYR Gourde (1), (Conacher, Condra)(EN)

    Byron Froese, McKenna, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars. Froese, the ex-Marlie, with a first taste of vengeance against his ex-organization.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 20 weeks 4 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    A former member of the IceCaps came back to haunt the team.

    Gabriel Dumont scored 2:18 into overtime to lift the Syracuse Crunch to a 2-1 overtime win over St. John’s in Game 4 of the North Division Semifinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    The Crunch take the series 3-1 and advance to the North Division Finals, while the IceCaps’ franchise is set to move to Laval next season.

    “There was two guys in front, so I didn’t really see it go in. I just heard the puck hit the middle post and the goal light go on,” Dumont said. “I was pretty excited and I didn’t know what to do.”

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