Late Rally Lifts Marlies Over Crunch

Photo: Christian Bonin



Toronto: Andreas Johnsson (4) PP (K. Kapanen, C. O’Reilly), A. Johnsson (5) (C. Greening), B. Leipsic (3) (A. Nielsen, K. Kapanen), C. Grundström (2) (S. Griffith, S. Oleksy), K. Kapanen (2) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo 22/25

Syracuse: A. Erne (1) (B. Froese, M. Taormina), B. Froese (3) PP (M. Taormina, M. Peca), E. Condra (4) (S. Koekkoek, T. McGinn)
Goaltender: M. McKenna 29/34


·         Andreas Johnsson put the Marlies on the board with his team leading fourth goal of the postseason at 10:07 of the second period and scored again later in the period. Johnsson led the Marlies during the regular season with 20 goals and is now on a three-game goal streak to start the series against Syracuse.
·         Brendan Leipsic tied the game with his third of the postseason with just under two minutes to go in regulation. Leipsic has four points through seven games and leads the team in shots on goal with 22.
·         Carl Grundström scored for the second consecutive game and now has three points (2 goals, 1 assists) in his first two games with the Marlies.
·         Kasperi Kapanen registered his second of the season and picked up two assists for a three-point night and now has six points (2 goal, 4 assists) through five playoff games with the Marlies. Kapanen’s goal set a Marlies franchise record for fastest three goals in the postseason (33 seconds).
·         Cal O’Reilly, Colin Greening, Andrew Nielsen, Seth Griffith and Steve Oleksy all picked up an assist tonight.
·         Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 22 of 25 shots for his third win of the postseason. Kaskisuo owns a 2.38 Goals Against Average and .903 Save Percentage.


·         The Marlies hold a 52-45 all-time record in the postseason (28-21 at home).
·         Toronto went 0-for-1 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play.
·         The Marlies outshot the Crunch 34 to 25.
·         Kasperi Kapanen, Dmytro Timashov and Trevor Moore each registered four shots on goal.


·         Points: Justin Holl (7)
·         Goals: Andreas Johnsson (5)
·         Assists: Justin Holl (6)
·         Shots: Brendan Leipsic (22)
·         +/-: Justin Holl (+6), Travis Dermott (+6)
·         PIM: Andrew Nielsen (20)


“I certainly don’t think you’re able to predict it. You’re just trying to stay with it and give yourself a chance. The guys went out and executed and got a puck to the net and we found a way to tie it up. You remind them while they’re celebrating after the tie that we still have to play some hockey here, so you’re getting the line ready and you find a way to go out and almost duplicate that type of goal. That was good and once again, exciting. We grab three forwards and get them calm and get them to go out there and finish the job, so that’s playoff hockey. These types of things happen, we’re certainly happy that it worked out in our favor here tonight.”
–          Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach


GAME ONE – MAY 5, 2017: Toronto 1 at Syracuse 3
GAME SUMMARY         |           GAME SHEET

Toronto Goals: Johnsson
Syracuse Goals: Condra, Froese, Gourde
TOR PP: 0/4 SYR PP: 1/5 Shots: 29-25 SYR

GAME TWO – MAY 6, 2017: Toronto 5 at Syracuse 8
GAME SUMMARY         |           GAME SHEET

Toronto Goals: Johnsson, O’Reilly, Kapanen, Grundström, Griffith
Syracuse Goals: Conacher (2), Bournival, Peca (2), McGinn, Vermin (2)
TOR PP: 037 SYR PP: 1/8 Shots:  36-19 SYR


Game Four: Wednesday, May 10 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Five: Saturday, May 13 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Six: Monday, May 15 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Seven: Wednesday May 17 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET

Game Preview

After starting the North Division Finals in Syracuse last week, the Marlies return to Ricoh Coliseum on Tuesday night looking for a big win.

The Marlies currently trail the Crunch 2-0 in the series after a pair of losses on the road this weekend.

Andreas Johnsson leads the Marlies in scoring coming into tonight’s game with three goals in the post-season and two in this series. He scored the Marlies’ first goal in both of the opening games this series.

Defenceman Justin Holl is the Marlies points leader through the playoffs so far, as he has six assists and seven points through six games this postseason.

The Marlies are looking to have success at home tonight just as they did throughout the regular season. The Marlies finished with the fourth-best home record in the Eastern Conference and won both games at Ricoh Coliseum in the opening round of the postseason.

On the other side, Syracuse went 15-15-5-3 on the road during the regular season. The Crunch are 1-1-0-0 when playing away from home so far in the playoffs.

Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:00. You can catch all the action live on Leafs TV and AHL Live.

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