Crunch Top Marlies, 3-2, in Shootout
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Joel Vermin netted a goal in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Toronto Marlies, 3-2, tonight at the War Memorial Arena.
After going down, 1-0, in the first 33 seconds, Jeff Tambellini and Mitchell Stephens scored back-to-back goals to give the Crunch the lead before the first intermission. Toronto added one more in the final frame to force extra time, but were unable to regain the lead and fell to the Crunch for the second time this season. Despite the win, the Crunch were eliminated from Calder Cup Playoffs contention tonight.
Kristers Gudlevskis made 32 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts for his 16th win on the season. Kasimir Kaskisuo turned aside 22 shots and 4-of-5 in the shootout. Syracuse saw no power play opportunities tonight. The team killed all four of Toronto's man-advantages.
Just 33 seconds into the contest, the Marlies lit the lamp. Colin Smith dished the puck out from behind the cage for Shane Conacher to send it top shelf. Rinat Valiev recorded the secondary assist.
The Crunch evened the score six minutes later. Tambellini forced a turnover at the goal line and got the puck past Kaskisuo on the short side. At the 11:53 mark, Stephens netted his first professional goal to put Syracuse on top. David Broll took control of an arrant pass in the right circle and found Stephens in the slot for a one-timer.
After scoreless middle frame, the Marlies knotted the contest at the 4:45 mark of the third to force overtime. Gudlevskis stopped Willie Corrin's shot from the left point, but the rebound dropped down in the crease for Mark Arcobello to chip in.
For the second straight night, the Crunch went to a shootout to decide a winner. Vermin finally beat Kaskisuo in the fifth round for the win. While Syracuse came out on top tonight, Toronto took the eight-game season series, 6-2.
The Crunch travel to begin the final home-and-home of the season against the Utica Comets on April 15 at 7 p.m.
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Crunchables: Domink Masin made his debut with the Syracuse Crunch tonight...Tonight was the Crunch's first shootout win at home since Nov. 1, 2013 in a 5-4 win against Rochester...The Crunch had no man-advantages for the first time since Jan. 18 at Rochester.
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