SYRACUSE, NY – The Syracuse Crunch retook the series lead in the North Division Finals with a 5-1 victory in game five over the Toronto Marlies, forcing the Marlies into an elimination game with game six on Monday night in Toronto.
Steve Oleksy got the Marlies on the board first at 8:26 into the opening period. He took a slap shot that went past Crunch goaltender, Mike McKenna to make it 1-0.
The Crunch would come back with five unanswered goals. They tied the game 1:58 later. Jonathan Racine made a pass to Erik Condra. Condra found Matthew Peca heading to the crease to tie the game at 1-1.
The Crunch took the lead 3:18 into the second period. Yanni Goude came in on a breakaway and the scoring chance was saved by Marlies goaltender, Kasmir Kaskisuo. However, Joel Vermin was able to put in the rebound to make it 2-1.
Daniel Walcott got the puck in the corner and found Kevin Lynch to redirect it home to extend the lead for the Crunch to 3-1.
The Crunch added two more in the third period. Yanni Goude found Jonathan Racine and Racine was able to score a shorthanded goal to make it 4-1 at 1:35 into the third period. Gabriel Dumont settled the game for the Crunch with their fifth and final goal of the evening with an empty-net goal with 3:38 left in regulation to make it 5-1. Condra and Michael Bournival had the assists on Dumont’s goals.
McKenna made 26 saves in the win. Kaskisuo made 18 saves in the loss.
The series will head back to Toronto for a crucial game six on Monday night. The puck will drop at 7pm EST.