Syracuse Crunch vs. Toronto Marlies preview: AHL North Division finals Game 3

The series shifts to Toronto tonight for Game 3. Syracuse leads the series 2-0.

Bottom line:

The Syracuse Crunch (first seed) is off to a good start versus the Toronto Marlies (second seed). After a wild game this past Saturday night that ended in favor of Syracuse with an 8-5 final, the series shifts to Toronto for two games. Those games will be played tonight (Tuesday) and tomorrow night (Wednesday).

If needed, the rest of the series after Wednesday night’s game is 1 (SYR)-1 (TOR)-1 (SYR).

What you may have missed:

  • The game 1 recap from Brandon Curtis here on Raw Charge.
  • The game 2 recap from Brandon here on Raw Charge.
  • 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 Saturday:

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 Saturday:

Matt Taormina-Dominik Masin

Slater Koekkoek-Jake Dotchin

Ben Thomas-Mathieu Brodeur

Marlies injury news:

  • Unfortunately, news broke yesterday that Toronto forward Frederik Gauthier will be out for six months following a hit that occurred during Saturday’s game.
  • It has been reported that Kerry Rychel is day-to-day. /