TORONTO, ONT – For the second night in a row, the Toronto Marlies scored three unanswered goals to rally for a 3-2 over the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League’s North Division Finals. The Marlies have now evened the series at two games each.
Adam Erne got the Crunch on the board at 4:45 into the opening period as he went to the crease and got the loose puck and put it past Marlies goaltender Kasmir Kaskisuo to go up 1-0. The goal was unassisted.
The Marlies would come back with three unanswered goals. They would tie the game a 1:06 later. Kerby Rychel fired a shot from the right side as Crunch goaltender Mike McKenna made the initial save, but Rich Clune was able to put in the rebound for his first goal of the playoffs to tie it at 1-1.
The Marlies took the lead at 8:05 when Rychel fired a backhanded shot that went off of McKenna’s right arm. Kasperi Kapanen was able to put it in with the game-winning goal on the power play to give the Marlies a 2-1 lead.
Trevor Moore gave the Marlies insurance with another power play goal. He took a shot and went off of McKenna to make 3-1. Cal O’Reilly and Seth Griffith got assists on Moore’s goal.
McKenna’s night would come to an end after the first period after giving up three goals on 15 shots. Kristers Gudlevskis replaced McKenna at the start of the second period.
The Crunch would cut the deficit to one when Ben Thomas fired a slap shot to make it 3-2.
The comeback would fall short for the Crunch as the Marlies were able to hold on.
The series will now shift back to Syracuse for game five on Saturday night. The puck will drop at 7 pm.