The Syracuse Crunch (first seed) is off to a good start versus the Toronto Marlies (second seed). Saturday’s game was competitive and intense, and the Crunch prevailed by a 3-1 final.
The set up of this series is 2-2-1-1-1, so after tonight the series will shift to Toronto for two games.
But, wait! I am behind on everything, who is doing what, where?
No problem, dear reader! Here’s everything you need to get caught up:
- First up, checking out Brandon Curtis’ recap of game one is essential.
- You can’t miss Raw Charge’s own CrunchCast if you’re looking for our homegrown opinion of the series.
- Be sure to check out Brandon’s playoff preview article.
- Looking for team comparison charts from the regular season? Alan has you covered.
Comparison chart for the Crunch and Marlies. Crunch with better shot numbers but Marlies with better goal results and special teams. pic.twitter.com/BlaRReDQSg— You can call me Alan (@loserpoints) May 5, 2017
- For the Toronto perspective, you can't beat this preview by the Pension Plan Puppets.
- The Crunch’s SoundCloud has been filling up with all kinds of great stuff lately, including interviews with former Tampa Bay Lightning players Jake Dotchin and Gabriel Dumont.
- The same can be said for Syracuse’s YouTube channel if you’re looking for highlights and recaps from this round and the last round.
- You can find coverage from the team’s beat writer and others, including our friend Brent Axe, over at Syracuse.com.
Game night essentials:
- The pre-game radio broadcast with Dan D’Uva will start at 6:45 EST on ESPN Syracuse. You can listen to the game in its entirety for free.
- AHL Live has special playoff pricing deals for every game of the AHL playoffs, as well as team-specific packages. There’s also a pay-per-view option.
- Be sure to follow the team on Twitter for updates if you’re away from other options.
Potential lines and pairings:
Starting goalie for Syracuse:
Line rushes during warm ups Friday:
Michael Bournival-Yanni Gourde-Cory Conacher
Adam Erne-Byron Froese-Daniel Walcott
Tye McGinn-Matthew Peca-Erik Condra
Gabriel Dumont-Kevin Lynch-Joel Vermin
Defensive pairings during warm ups Friday:
Matt Taormina-Dominik Masin
Slater Koekkoek-Jake Dotchin
Ben Thomas-Mathieu Brodeur