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Syracuse Crunch vs. Toronto Marlies preview: AHL North Division finals game 2

The Crunch and the Marlies are set for another competitive match up tonight in game 2 in Syracuse

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Scott Thomas

Bottom line:

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:

  • 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

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:

Mike McKenna

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