TORONTO, ONT – The Toronto Marlies scored three unanswered goals 33 seconds apart as they defeated the Syracuse Crunch 5-3.
The Crunch got on the board first at 11:43 into the opening period, when Byron Froese set up Adam Erne for a breakaway and Erne beat Marlies goaltender Kasmir Kaskisuo to make it 1-0.
The Crunch extended their lead less than two minutes later when Matthew Peca set up Matt Taormina. Taormina made the pass to Byron Froese for the one-timer to make it 2-0 Syracuse.
Andreas Johnsson came back to tie the game for the Marlies with two goals with his and fourth goal in the series and fifth overall in the playoffs. Johnsson first goal came on the power play with assists from Kasperi Kapanen and Cal O’Reilly to make it 2-1. Johnsson tied with 6:08 remaining in the second period. Colin Greening made the pass to Johnsson and took the slap shot to even the score at 2-2.
The Crunch retook the lead with 10:55 left in regulation. Erik Condra sent the pass to Slater Koekkoek. Koekkoek sent it back to Condra and he redirected it to make it 3-2.
The Marlies would then go on a three-goal explosion in a matter of 33 seconds. Andrew Nielsen took a shot as Crunch goaltender Mike McKenna made the save. Brendan Leipsic scored on the rebound to tie at 3-3. Carl Grundstrom scored the game-winning goal with 1:38 left in regulation to make it 4-3. Kasperi Kapanen gave the Marlies’ insurance 15 seconds later when he scored on a breakaway to make it 5-3. This marked the sixth time in these Calder Cup playoffs that a team had won it had trailed with four minutes remaining in regulation time.
These two teams will be back at it tonight when they meet for game four. The puck will drop at 7 PM.