Syracuse Crunch take down Toronto Marlies in Game 7, advance to Conference Finals

Syracuse defenseman Jake Dotchin celebrates with teammates at the conclusion of Wednesday night's win over Toronto.

The Syracuse Crunch are officially back in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2013.

However, it took a valiant effort in order to do so, taking down the Toronto Marlies in seven games.

The Crunch jumped out to the early 1-0 lead thanks to Gabriel Dumont's goal, but the Marlies responded by scoring three straight.

That's when the Crunch countered with two more goals in the second period, tying it at 3-3 heading into the third and final period of the game.

And only eight seconds into the third period, Matthew Peca raced ahead of the defense on a Marlies' botched faceoff, allowing Peca an open alley to score what would eventually be the game-deciding goal.

The Crunch scored two more late in the contest, one being an empty-netter with under a minute to play, to push the final score to 6-3.

"[When you score] that early in the period, that gets you fired up," Peca responded. "I thought we were playing our best hockey late in the second period there. That was just a good pick-me-up, to say, you know, keep going what we're doing -- we're here and we're going to close this out."

"We used the crowd tonight," Conacher said. "The crowd was electric. They always are. They started that period with some loud cheers, and to see Peca go on that breakaway, you just had that feeling it was going to go in."

With the win, Syracuse advances to meet the Providence Bruins, who took care of Hershey in seven games on Wednesday night as well.

Game one will take place in Providence on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

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