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Double OT Downer: Toronto's late goal drops Syracuse Crunch into 0-2 series hole

Syracuse Crunch goalie Connor Ingram sits stunned after allowing the game-winning goal in double overtime. (PHOTO: SendToNews)

The Syracuse Crunch are now left staring at an 0-2 series deficit.

This after a demoralizing, double overtime loss in Toronto on Saturday night.

Matthew Peca scored first, giving the Crunch a 1-0 lead in the second period.

However, at the midway point of the third period, the Marlies capitalized on a Mason Marchment goal to tie it at 1-1.

Connor Ingram, the rookie goaltender for the Crunch, came up with 55 saves in the game.

But late in the second overtime, with Toronto threatening, Frederik Gauthier buried the rebound attempt moving away from the net, as Ingram laid face-down on the ice.

In the end, it's a 2-1 loss, and a 0-2 series deficit.

"We'll take the time to get rested tonight, we're going back home," Syracuse Crunch head coach Ben Groulx said. "We'll watch the game and we'll see what we can do to win one game.

"He was great," Groulx responded when asked about Connor Ingram. "We like our two goalies, and Ingram was great tonight. No doubt about it."

Ingram's 55-save performance was perhaps one of the greatest for a rookie in the AHL this season.

"It goes off my blocker," Ingram described when asked about the game-winning goal. "It took a weird bounce. It went from my right to left, it ends up at his pants, carries it two or three feet, then falls to his stick. It doesn't matter if it's 30 seconds into the game or in double overtime. It's a goal.

"Yeah, it's always good to play at home," he continued. "It's always an advantage, so we'll get back tonight and take it on again tomorrow."

Syracuse and Toronto will meet in Game 3 on Sunday at 7 p.m. from the War Memorial.

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