The matchup for the Eastern Conference Finals is set, pitting the Providence Bruins against the Syracuse Crunch. The fight for a spot in the Calder Cup Final begins Friday night in Providence.
Regular Season Records
Syracuse Crunch: 38-24-7-7 ( 90 Points First In North Division Sixth In Eastern Conference
Providence Bruins: 43-23-6-4 (96 Points Fourth In Atlantic Division Fourth In Eastern Conference
How They Got Here:
North Division Semifinals: Defeated St. John’s IceCaps 3-1
North Division Finals: Defeated Toronto Marlies 4-3
Atlantic Division Semifinals: Defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-2
Atlantic Division Finals: Defeated Hershey Bears 4-3
Series Schedule (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and all times local):
Game 1 – Friday, May 19 – Syracuse at PROVIDENCE 7:05 pm ET
Game 2 – Sunday, May 21 – Syracuse at PROVIDENCE 7:05 pm ET
Game 3 – Wednesday, May 24 – Providence at SYRACUSE 7 pm ET
Game 4 – Friday, May 26 – Providence at SYRACUSE 7 pm ET
*Game 5 – Saturday, May 27 –Providence at SYRACUSE 7 pm ET
*Game 6 – Tuesday, May 30 -Syracuse at PROVIDENCE 7:05 pm ET
*Game 7 – Wednesday, May 31 – Syracuse at PROVIDENCE 7:05 pm ET
*=> If Necessary
Season Series Recap:
These two teams met each other twice during the regular season. The series was even as Syracuse took down the first win at home back on October 29th by a final score of 3-2. Crunch goals were scored by Cameron Darcy, Yanni Gourde, and Mike Halmo. Jordan Szwarz and Anton Blidh scored the goals for Providence
Providence took the win in the second meeting between these two teams in Providence back on December 18th. Providence goals were scored by Sean Kuraly, Jake DeBrusk, and Frank Vatrano. Mike Halmo scored the only goal for the Crunch.
How Syracuse Wins:
Crunch goaltender Mike McKenna has gotten red hot for his club in this postseason. McKenna’s undefeated streak at home sits at six, which could be a huge boost for the Crunch. McKenna has stopped 251 out of 279 shots and only allowed 28 goals, two more than Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre.
Erik Condra has 11 points in 11 games for the Crunch with four goals and seven assists. Matthew Peca and Matt Taormina are right behind Condra with 10 points in 11 games.
How Providence Wins:
Danton Heinen has been on fire for the Bruins as he has 12 points in 12 games for the Bruins with five goals and seven assists. Henien ranks second overall in the American Hockey League in scoring in the playoffs. DeBrusk is right behind Heinen with eight points with five goals and three assists.
McIntyre has given up 26 goals in the playoffs making a total of 302 saves on 328 shots. McIntyre GAA is 2.11 and he has a save percentage of .921.