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Marlies Lose Tough Battle in Game 5
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TORONTO MARLIES (1) AT SYRACUSE CRUNCH (5)
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017 – NORTH DIVISION FINALS GAME #5

SCORING SUMMARY

Toronto: S. Oleksy (1) (B. Findlay, R. Clune)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo 18/22

Syracuse: M. Peca (3) (E. Condra, J. Racine), J. Vermin (4) (C. Conacher, Y. Gourde), K. Lynch (1) (D. Walcott), J. Racine (1) SH (Y. Gourde), G. Dumont (2) (E. Condra, M. Bournival)
Goaltender: M. McKenna 26/27

FROM THE SCORESHEET

·         Steve Oleksy opened the scoring at 8:26 of the first period with his first goal of the postseason. Oleksy registered nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 20 games with the Marlies this season.
·         Brett Findlay registered the primary assist on Oleksy’s first period goal for his first point of the postseason. Findlay had 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) through 34 regular season games with the Marlies.
·         Rich Clune picked up an assist on Oleksy’s first period goal and now has points in consecutive games (1 goal, 1 assist).

NOTABLES

·         The Marlies hold a 53-46 all-time record in the postseason (24-25 on the road).
·         Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-5 on the power play.
·         The Marlies had a 27-23 edge in shots in all situations.
·         Travis Dermott led the Marlies with four shots on goal.

MARLIES SCORING LEADERS

·         Points: Justin Holl (7), Kasperi Kapanen (7)
·         Goals: Andreas Johnsson (5)
·         Assists: Justin Holl (6)
·         Shots: Brendan Leipsic (24)
·         +/-: Travis Dermott (+4), Justin Holl (+4)
·         PIM: Brendan Leipsic (21)

POSTGAME QUOTES

“I liked the majority of our first period, it’s obviously a big improvement from where we’ve been in this building previously. We set ourselves up right from the start, score first, we were in control of things pretty good and then we stopped playing. We stopped doing the things we needed to do both with the puck and without the puck and as predicted, when you do that it allows them to get going, allows them to get skating. It gets loud in here and their players respond really well when that’s the case. When they get going like that they’re a hard team to slow down and it’s difficult to get it back and we failed to do that here today. Disappointing effort, disappointing execution by our guys here so now we have to go back home and find a way to take care of things on home ice again.”
–       Sheldon Keefe, Marlies Head Coach

NORTH DIVISON FINALS SUMMARY

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: 3/7 SYR PP: 1/8 Shots:  36-19 SYR

GAME THREE – MAY 9, 2017: Syracuse 3 at Toronto 5
GAME SUMMARY         |           GAME SHEET
Toronto Goals: Johnsson (2), Leipsic, Grundstrom, Kapanen
Syracuse Goals: Erne, Froese, Condra
TOR PP: 1/3 SYR PP: 1/1 Shots:  34-25 TOR

GAME FOUR – MAY 10, 2017: Syracuse 2 at Toronto 3
GAME SUMMARY         |           GAME SHEET
Toronto Goals: Clune, Rychel, Moore
Syracuse Goals: Erne, Thomas
TOR PP: 2/4 SYR PP: 0/2 Shots: 29-19 TOR

NORTH DIVISION FINALS SCHEDULE

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

The Marlies return to Syracuse on Saturday night to face the Crunch for Game 5 of the North Division Finals.

The series is even at 2-2 after the Marlies took Games 3 & 4 at home. They will look to keep the momentum going in a tough environment on the road, hoping to continue the offensive surge that led to 13 goals over the past three games.

Andreas Johnsson has been a key contributor to the offense, scoring four goals in the series so far. He has scored the Marlies first goal of the game on three occasions during this North Division Finals and will look to continue that success when hitting the ice tonight.

Kasperi Kapanen enters the contest riding a three-game points streak and has two goals and three assists over that period. He’s tied for the team lead in points this postseason with seven (2G, 5A). Meanwhile, Cal O’Reilly will look to continue his assist streak. He’s picked up a helper in three straight games for the Marlies in the series.

One key for the Marlies will be overcoming the Crunch’s home ice advantage. Syracuse have won all four games at home during this postseason and were 23-9-2-4 when playing at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena during the regular season. The Marlies went .500 on the regular season when playing on the road, with an 18-18-1-1 record.

Marlies Head Coach Sheldon Keefe spoke yesterday about eliminating opportunities for the Crunch to build momentum through sound defensive play.

“On the road, everything has to be done that much more consistently,” Keefe said after the team’s practice in Toronto. “You can’t take a shift off, you can’t miss an assignment.”

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

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