Final Regular Season Records:
Syracuse Crunch: 38-24-7-7 (90 Pts — First in North Division, Sixth in Eastern Conference)
Toronto Marlies: 42-29-4-1 89 Pts — Second in North Division, Seventh in Eastern Conference)
Division Semifinals Results:
Syracuse Crunch defeated St. John’s 3-1
Toronto Marlies defeated Albany 3-1
SERIES SCHEDULE (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and all times local):
Game 1 – Friday, May 5 – Toronto at SYRACUSE 7 pm ET
Game 2 – Saturday, May 6 – Toronto at SYRACUSE 7 pm ET
Game 3 – Tuesday, May 9- Syracuse at TORONTO 7 pm ET
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 10- Syracuse at TORONTO 7 pm ET
*Game 5 – Saturday, May 13 – Toronto at SYRACUSE 7 pm ET
*Game 6 – Monday, May 15 -Syracuse at TORONTO 7 pm ET
*Game 7 – Wednesday, May 17 – Toronto at SYRACUSE 7 pm ET
*=> If Necessary
Season Series Recap:
The Marlies took three out of five in the season series between these two teams.
There is a four way tie for the team lead in scoring on the Syracuse Crunch. Erik Condra and Tye McGinn lead the Crunch with two goals each, while Matthew Peca leads the Crunch in assist with four. Veterans with leadership and experience could be key for the Crunch in this series. Erik Condra spent a couple seasons in the NHL playing for the Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Mike McKenna has been on a hot streak in goal for the Crunch. McKenna spent a good part of the year with the Springfield Thunderbirds and became the first American goaltender to reach 200 wins in the AHL. In four games, McKenna gave up eight goals and has a save percentage of 1.77 and a save percentage of .932.
Goaltending could also be key for the Marlies in this series. Kasimir Kaskisuo has only given up three goals in the Calder Cup Playoffs in three starts. He has a G.AA of .96 with a save percentage of .952. Marlies defenseman Justin Holl leads his team in scoring with a goal and five assists.
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