In the end, it was a former Marlies player that sealed the game for Syracuse as Byron Froese scored his second of the playoffs, giving the Crunch all they would need in this contest.
Syracuse would later add an empty net goal to ensure the 3-1 home ice victory over the visiting Toronto Marlies in Game #1 of the best of 7 series.
Opening the scoring in the game was Marlies forward Andreas Johnsson. It was the second goal of the post season for Johnsson who found a lose puck during a battle in front of the Crunch net to bury it and give the Marlies a 1-0 lead and their only goal of the game.
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Sorry about the AHL video quality. It is amazing how in 2017 this is the best we can get.
4K? Lets worry about just getting it to VHS levels.
Starting Goaltender, Kasimir Kaskisuo was excellent between the pipes for the Marlies. The newest member of the goalie carousel, stopped 26/28 shots on the night and several of the ‘ten bell’ variety early in the contest. Antoine Bibeau backed up Kaskisuo, as Garret Sparks is still down with a ‘lower body injury’.
The Marlies were heavily out chanced early in the game and had several instances where it appeared they were simply chasing the play and couldn’t keep up with the Syracuse team.
Speed is the calling card of the Marlies, and if they refuse to keep their feet moving this series will be over quickly. Look for a refocused effort as the Marlies and Crunch get back at it in Syracuse this evening at 7pm.
“We knew what to expect from their team. We expected more from our group, I didn’t think we skated all game. We were on our heals, part of it is them, they were skating and clogged us up. We didn’t do the things we needed to do to be able to let our speed be on display. We played really slow all game long, you play slow against a fast team that’s going the way they were today you’re in for a tough night that was the case.”—Coach Sheldon Keefe
Game #2 @Syracuse 7pm (LeafsTv)
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