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Lightning Round: Syracuse Crunch clinched a spot in the 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs

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Despite an overtime loss on Friday night against the Rochester Americans, the Syracuse Crunch clinched their playoff spot for the upcoming 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs for their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. The Crunch are currently sitting in the second place in the North Division, ten points behind the Toronto Marlies.

The Lightning/Crunch affiliation is just one of two NHL/AHL affiliations, whose teams made the postseason in their respective leagues every season since 2017-18.

In yesterday’s game itself, the Crunch rallied back, scoring two goals in the third period, but unfortunately lost to the Americans in overtime after a Jiri Kulich’s power play goal. Declan Carlile and Ilya Usau scored for Syracuse, while Max Lagace made 38 saves on the night.

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