SYRACUSE, NY – The Syracuse Crunch took game one in the Calder Cup North Division Finals against the Toronto Marlies by the final score of 3-1. Crunch goaltender Mike McKenna continues his hot streak as he made 24 saves in the win.
Marlies Head Coach Sheldon Keefe knew what to expect from his team and expected more. He felt that his team didn’t skate the entire game and the Crunch would take advantage of that.
Andreas Johnsson got the Marlies on the board at 1:39 into the opening period. A shot was in traffic and Johnsson was able to put it past McKenna to go up 1-0. Andrew Nielsen and Trevor Moore were credited with assists on Johnsson’s goal.
The Crunch tied it with 5:20 remaining in the first period. Matt Taormina made a pass to Byron Froese and took a shot from the left point and Erik Condra redirected it past Marlies goaltender Kasmir Kaskisuo to tie it at 1-1.
Byron Froese scored the game-winning goal with 3:45 remaining in the second period. Adam Erne came down on the right wing. Erne made a pass back to Froese. Froese took a wrist shot and went past Kaskisuo for a 2-1 lead after two periods of play. Daniel Walcott was credited with the second assist for the Crunch.
Yanni Goude gave the Crunch insurance with an empty-net goal with 1:17 left in regulation. Cory Conacher and Erik Condra were credited with assists on the goal.
Marlies goaltender Kasmir Kaskisuo made 26 saves in the team loss.
Game two will be played tonight in Syracuse before the series with shift to Toronto. The puck will drop tonight at 7 PM.