The bottom line: Syracuse Crunch vs. Grand Rapids Griffins, game 5
The @SyracuseCrunch look to stave off elimination and force a Game 6 tomorrow night. #GRvsSYR pic.twitter.com/NIC2CghAfI— AHL (@TheAHL) June 10, 2017
Conacher: "It's just a challenge, but we're excited for it. We just have to take it one game at a time.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) June 10, 2017
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Groulx: “To win the Calder Cup, we got to win tomorrow. So we got to regroup and be ready for a good fight.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) June 10, 2017
Taormina: “We’re a very hard team to play against… Our team is known for hard work, grit and never giving up.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) June 10, 2017
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Coreau said Syracuse is the hardest-working team he has ever played against at any level. #AHL— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsNHL) June 10, 2017
6,523 fans were in the War Memorial for Friday's #CalderCup Game 3. Biggest crowd for a @SyracuseCrunch game since 3/22/97 (6,541)— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) June 10, 2017
Pre-game reading, listening, and viewing:
- Previous previews: game 1, game 2, game 3, game 4
- Brandon’s game recap: game 1
- Instead of a recap for game 2, Brandon and I discussed game two and all of its implications from the perspective of two passionate fans.
- Geo handled the recap for game 3.
- Matt pitched in for the recap for game 4.
- The Crunch’s SoundCloud is a great place to go for player interviews and tidbits.
- ESPN Syracuse has an Audio Vault that has a lot of quality Crunch stuff from the past few days.
- Be sure to check out Syracuse’s YouTube channel if you’re looking for highlights, interviews, and recaps.
- You can find more 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 stream the game in its entirety for free.
- Puck drop is at 7:00 ET in Syracuse.
- AHL Live has an amazing special deal this round: watch for free!
AHL Fans: Stream the 2017 #CalderCup Finals between @griffinshockey & the @SyracuseCrunch for free at https://t.co/H4S6BaaGAM! pic.twitter.com/2r9XZmraL3— AHL (@TheAHL) May 28, 2017
Potential lines and pairings for Syracuse:
Tye McGinn - Yanni Gourde - Cory Conacher
Michael Bournival - Matthew Peca - Byron Froese
Anthony Cirelli - Gabriel Dumont - Joel Vermin
Adam Erne - Kevin Lynch - Daniel Walcott
Potential defensive pairings:
Matt Taormina - Dominik Masin
Slater Koekkoek - Jake Dotchin
Ben Thomas - Mathieu Brodeur
-Crunch captain Erik Condra is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury. Has not played since last Saturday.
Potential lines and pairings for Grand Rapids:
Tyler Bertuzzi - Tomas Nosek - Martin Frk
Eric Tangradi - Ben Street - Mitch Callahan
Evgeny Svechnikov - Kyle Criscuolo - Matt Lorito
Matthew Ford - Dominic Turgeon - Colin Campbell
Potential defensive pairings:
Brian Lashoff - Robbie Russo
Nathan Paetsch - Joe Hicketts
Dan Renouf - Dylan McIlrath