SYRACUSE, NY – The Syracuse Crunch will be heading to the Calder Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history after defeating the Providence Bruins 3-1 and winning the series 4-1 overall.
The Crunch did not waste anytime getting on the scoreboard, just 41 seconds into the first period. Ben Thomas scored on the team’s first shot of the game on Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban to go up 1-0. Michael Bournival and Erik Condra were credited with the assists on Thomas’ goal.
The Bruins tied the game with 6:33 remaining in the second period. Chris Porter scored on a rebound pass Crunch goaltender Mike McKenna to even the score at 1-1. Ryan Fitzgerald was credited with the assist.
Cory Conacher scored two goals in the third period to help the Crunch secure the victory. Conacher’s first goal came with 5:06 remaining in regulation after he scored on a rebound. Ben Thomas and Matt Taormina were credited with the assists. Conacher gave the Crunch insurance when he scored an empty-net goal with 59 seconds remaining in regulation. Yanni Gourde and Gabirel Dumont were credited with the assists on Conacher’s second goal.
Crunch goaltender Mike McKenna earned 27 saves in the win and was credited with second star of the game. Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban was credited with 29 saves in the loss.
The Crunch improve their home playoff record to 9-0.
The Crunch were awarded with the Richard F. Canning Trophy and will take on the Grand Rapids Griffins in a rematch from the 2013 Calder Cup Finals. The Griffins won the Calder Cup in the first match.
Game one will be held in Grand Rapids this Friday night.