Toronto Marlies Fall To Syracuse Crunch In Final Meeting Of Regular Season

The Toronto Marlies fell 1-0 to the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday evening in their final meeting of the regular season. Toronto falls to 3-3-0-0 against Syracuse and 36-14-2-1 on the season. 

In the opening period, it was the visitors who struck first with a goal from Gabriel Dumont at 8:26. Both teams exchanged chances, but the lone Crunch goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Syracuse. 

Despite the loss, Keith Petruzzelli stood tall in the Marlies crease, stopping 34 of the 35 shots he faced 

The Marlies return to action on March 1st when they host the Rockford IceHogs. Puck drop is at 11:00am on the Toronto Maple Leafs app and AHLTV.  



Syracuse: G. Dumont (15) PP (D. Raddysh, L. Edmonds)
Goaltender: H. Alnefelt (16/16) W

Toronto: No goals
Goaltender: K. Petruzzelli (34/35) L


  • Keith Petruzzelli stopped 34 of 35 shots he faced.


  • This is only the second game this season where Toronto was shutout.
  • The Marlies went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play. Toronto is 9-7-0-0 when not scoring on the power play and 19-9-2-0 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Syracuse had a 35-16 edge in shots in all situations. Dryden Hunt led the Marlies with three shots on goal. Toronto is 16-7-2-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 24-10-0-1 against North Division opponents and finish their regular season series 3-3-0-0 against the Syracuse Crunch. Toronto has outscored Syracuse 18-17 through six games.

Not scoring first                                  15-9-0-0
Trailing after 1st                                   4-7-0-0
Trailing after 2nd                                  4-11-0-0
At home                                               17-8-0-1
Sunday                                                2-4-0-0
MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players

Goals                           18
(B. McMann)
Assists                        40 (L. Shaw)
Points                          57 (L. Shaw)
PPG                             9 (B. McMann, L. Shaw)
Shots                           164 (L. Shaw)
+/-                                +9 (W. Villeneuve)
PIMS                            101 (N. Hoefenmayer)




On the difference in today’s:
Just work ethic. Winning 50/50 pucks. Outskating our opponent who was on a three-on-three. I actually think the timing of this game is really good. We’re going to take a positive take away to realize where we are in the season, and what we need to be as a team, and when we play good teams like this, what we can’t get away with. It’s a good little wake up call for us right now.



On today’s game:

I think they just played desperate. They wanted the puck. They played more of a playoff style game than we did. To be quite honest, it just wasn’t a good performance by us. It’s not acceptable. I think that if we want to tighten things up going into playoffs, we can’t have any more of that.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 1 vs. Rockford – 11:00 a.m.
March 3 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m.
March 4 at Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m.
March 8 at WB/Scranton – 7:05 p.m.
March 11 vs. Hartford – 5:00 p.m.

Pre Game:

The Toronto Marlies close out the weekend with a game against the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday afternoon. This will be the final of six regular season matchups between the two clubs this season.  

The two teams last met on December 9th when the Marlies won 5-2. Currently, Toronto has won three of the previous five matchups.  

Toronto heads into Sunday’s game with a 3-2 win over the Laval Rocket on Saturday, while Syracuse is coming off a 4-1 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday. Both teams currently sit towards the top of the North division standings with Toronto in first place and Syracuse sitting in third.  

Players to look out for on the Marlies side include Bobby McMann who has seven goals in five consecutive games, and Max Ellis who has five points (4G, 1A) through his last five games. On the Crunch side, Alex Barré -Boulet leads the way with 63 points (17G, 46A).  

Puck drop is at 4:00pm on the Toronto Maple Leafs app and AHLTV.  

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