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Marlies Rally Past Crunch, 5-3

February 18, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Syracuse Crunch News Release

TORONTO - The Toronto Marlies rallied back with a four-goal third period to down the Syracuse Crunch, 5-3, today at Scotiabank Arena.

The loss puts the Crunch at 30-16-2-2 on the season and 1-3-0-0 in the six-game series against the Marlies.

Goaltender Connor Ingram stopped 21-of-25 in net for the Crunch. Kasimir Kaskisuo allowed two goals on two shots before being relieved by Michael Hutchinson in the first period. Hutchinson went on to turn aside 27-of-28 between the pipes for the Marlies. Syracuse went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Toronto went 2-for-3 on the man-advantage.

The Crunch scored on their first two shots of the game to build an early 2-0 lead. Just 3:08 in, Cory Conacher ripped a one-timer from the top of the right circle on the man-advantage. Assists went to Cameron Gaunce and Andy Andreoff. Three minutes later, Alex Barre-Boulet was down low to redirect Nolan Valleau's point shot. Gabriel Dumont collected the secondary helper.

The Marlies stole one back with a power-play goal of their own at the 7:23 mark of the opening frame. Calle Rosen netted a wrist shot from the high slot with the help of Jeremy Bracco and Michael Carcone.

Syracuse rebuilt their two-goal lead 9:45 into the middle frame. Carter Verhaeghe gained control of the puck in the corner, circled around the top of the zone and down the left wing. His shot from the bottom of the circle went off the side of the net, but he grabbed his own rebound, circled around the cage and stuffed in his team-leading 23rd of the season. Ben Thomas and Barre-Boulet earned the assists.

Toronto put up a four-goal third period to take the game. The rally started with another power-play goal 5:58 into the third period. Ingram made the initial save on Bracco's right wing shot, but Adam Brooks jammed in the rebound before he could smother the loose puck. Rosen earned the secondary helper. At the 13-minute mark, the Marlies evened the score. Bracco threw a centering feed from the left corner for Brooks to redirect with a quick stick from the crease. Trevor Moore recorded a point on the equalizer.

With 2:32 remaining, the Marlies took their first lead of the game. After getting the puck from Carcone, Pierre Engvall weaved into the slot and fired a wrister through traffic. Moore then hit the empty net with 1:09 left to play off an assist from Rosen to secure the comeback victory.

The Crunch return home to host the Laval Rocket on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Single game tickets and packages for the 2018-19 season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the War Memorial Arena at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444 or online through Ticketmaster. For the latest Crunch news, visit www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch) using #SyrCrunch.

Crunchables: The Crunch broke a six-game slump with a power-play goal today...The Crunch are 22-1-1-0 when leading after two periods.


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