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AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-10-17 Crunch at Marlies

All square in the battle for the North Division.

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Series Tied 2-2

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 15 shots for the loss before being pulled at the First Intermission. Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 14 shots he faced the rest of the way to give his team a chance.

First Period
4:45 SYR Erne (2), (unassisted)
5:51 TOR Clune (1), (Rychel)
8:05 TOR Rychel (2), (Kapanen)(PP)
16:24 TOR Moore (2), (O'Reilly, Griffith)(PP)

Second Period
2:23 SYR Thomas (1), (Koekkoek, Dumont)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Syracuse got outshot 29-19 in the contest and momentum is now firmly in the camp of the Marlies with the Dotchin suspension still with 1 game left to burn.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-9-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 0
QMJHL Finals
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 7-7-14, +16, 20 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-15-28, +18, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth stopped 22 more for his second straight shutout as the Sea Dogs went up 3-0 in the Finals on the Armada, winning Game 3, 2-0. Samuel Dove-McFalls (Flyers) had both goals for Saint John, who can close out the series Thursday.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-9-17 Crunch at Marlies

Late game collapse points to trouble for Crunch.

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Syracuse Leads the Series 2-1

Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the loss. Man, Syracuse could've really used a couple of more timely saves in this one.

First Period
11:44 SYR Erne (1), (Froese, Taormina)

Second Period
1:54 SYR Froese (3), (Taormina, Peca)(PP)
10:07 TOR Johnsson (4), (Kapanen, O'Reilly)(PP)
13:52 TOR Johnsson (5), (Greening)

Third Period
9:05 SYR Condra (4), (Koekkoek, McGinn)
18:04 TOR Leipsic (3), (Nielsen, Kapanen)
18:22 TOR Grundstrom (2), (Griffith, Oleksy)
18:37 TOR Kapanen (2), (unassisted)

The Crunchning Death Star ran into their first serious technical problem before Game Three learning of a 3 game suspension to Jake Dotchin for a late hit thrown in Game Two. Dotchin ended Tampa Bay's regular season playing like a NHL top-four defenseman, and losing Dotchin for the lineup for a key stretch of this series is a troubling problem for the Crunch defensive corps. They really need to get one of these games in Toronto and tonight they came within two minutes of pulling off the task before the bottom fell out. Now Toronto has momentum and an opportunity to knot the series up, putting some serious pressure back on Syracuse's shoulders while they're still without Dotchin's services for two more games. Game Four looms large.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-8-17

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 3 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4
OHL Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/14 FO
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 14-13-27, +17, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 9-19-28, +15, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie responded to a 2-0 Mississauga lead with three goals of their own, including Anthony Cirelli’s 14th of the playoffs scored in the final minute of the second period to put the Otters up, 3-2. The Steelheads scored twice in the final period, with the winner coming at 14:52 from Michael McLeod (Devils). Game 4 is Wednesday in Mississauga.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-7-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 0 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4 (Saturday)
QMJHL Finals
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 7-7-14, +16, 20 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 13-14-27, +17, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth stopped 27 shots and fellow Carolina pick Julien Gauthier had two goals to lead the Sea Dogs to a 4-0 shutout win over the Armada in Game 2 of the QMJHL Finals Saturday. Mathieu Joseph had a goal and a helper for Saint John. Game 3 is Tuesday.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Erie Otters 3
OHL Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 1-7-8, +15, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/18 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 13-13-26, +18, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 9-17-26, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie’s Warren Foegele scored with just under two minutes left in regulation to break a 1-1 tie and send the Otters to a Game 2 win Sunday. ‘Hawks pick Alex DeBrincat added an empty-netter with just over a minute left before Mississauga cut the lead to 3-2 with 29 seconds remaining. They couldn’t find an equalizer and now the Otters go to Mississauga up 2-0 in the Finals. Anthony Cirelli was third star Sunday with two apples.

Crunch Surge Early, Hang On Late in Game 2 Win Over Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch surged early, but had to hang on at the end.

The Crunch scored three times before the Marlies got a shot on goal and limited the Marlies to two shots in the first 20 minutes. Toronto was able to capitalize on three power plays to cut its deficit to two, but Syracuse held on for an 8-5 win in Game 2 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Syracuse leads the series 2-0 as the series continues in Toronto Tuesday.

“I think tonight showed some of our best hockey and then later in the game maybe not some of our best,” Crunch forward Matthew Peca said. “Limiting a team to two shots is pretty good. It’s all a part of how well we started. We were hitting. We were shooting. We were keeping the puck in their zone. We just have to play in their end and we’ll be fine.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-6-17 Marlies at Crunch

Crunchning Death Star snowmans unsuspecting Marlies.

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Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 19 shots for the victory. Maybe not a banner night for McKenna, but he got that sweet nectar known as goal support.

First Period
3:27 SYR Conacher (2), (Froese, Thomas)(SH)
4:48 SYR Bournival (1), (Conacher, Gourde)
9:30 SYR Peca (1), (Bournival, Erne)
15:15 TOR Johnsson (3), (Holl)
19:39 SYR McGinn (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

Second Period
2:29 SYR Vermin (2), (Walcott, Lynch)
4:00 SYR Peca (2), (Condra, McGinn)
8:15 TOR O'Reilly (1), (Grundstrom, Griffith)(PP)
12:00 TOR Kapanen (1), (Dermott)(PP)

Third Period
10:46 TOR Grundstrom (1), (Nielsen, Griffith)(PP)
11:58 SYR Conacher (3), (Gourde)(SH)
16:18 SYR Vermin (3), (Masin, Gourde)(EN)
18:56 TOR Griffith (1), (Greening)

Cory Conacher, Matthew Peca, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars. There's little doubt this has been a veteran-heavy effort in the playoffs thus far, but it's good to see Matthew Peca having a good playoff run too, and he's now up to a point a game so far.

Syracuse did an excellent job to hold serve at home in Game One and Two, making sure that Toronto suffered properly for stubbing their toe in their regular season finale on the way to losing the North Division crown. That said, the old adage is still true: it's not a series until someone loses a game at home. Syracuse's challenge now is to win at least one game in the Marlies' barn with a view toward winning this series as quickly as possible in preparation for the colossal challenge that awaits if they can make it to the conference final.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Froese Haunts Former Team, Crunch Take Game 1 Against Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dealt at the deadline, Byron Froese had a chance to show what he could do against his former team.

Froese finished with a goal and an assist to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Toronto Marlies, 3-1, in Game 1 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Syracuse.

“It’s not personal, but you always want to play well against a team that traded you away, right?” Froese said. “I don’t think I left on bad trms at all, but it’s an exciting series and it’s a big series for us.”

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-5-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 6
QMJHL Finals
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 7-6-13, +15, 20 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 12-13-25, +16, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph scored with 15 seconds left in the second period to extend Saint John’s lead to 5-3, and the Dogs held the Armada off the scoresheet in the third period until they got an empty-netter to seal the win. Saint John takes a 1-0 lead the Q Finals, with Game 2 set for Saturday.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 1 @ Erie Otters 2 (Thursday)
OHL Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 1-7-8, +15, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/21 FO
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 13-11-24, +17, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 9-17-26, +13, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie took Game 1 in the OHL Finals against Mississauga, who was coming off a sweep of Peterborough. Anthony Cirelli didn’t have a great night in the faceoff circle (4/21), but managed an assist on the game-opening goal. Erie had a 2-0 lead through two periods before the Steelheads cut it to 2-1 with just over two minutes remaining. The Otters limited Mississauga to just 14 shots for the game and only five in the third period. Game 2 is Sunday.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-5-17 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch win Game Uno on Cinco de Mayo.

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Syracuse Leads the Series 1-0

Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:39 TOR Johnsson (2), (Nielsen, Moore)
14:40 SYR Condra (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

Second Period
16:15 SYR Froese (2), (Erne, Walcott)

Third Period
18:43 SYR Gourde (1), (Conacher, Condra)(EN)

Byron Froese, McKenna, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars. Froese, the ex-Marlie, with a first taste of vengeance against his ex-organization.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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