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Toronto clobbers Syracuse, Crunch on verge of elimination

Syracuse Crunch defenseman Jamie McBain looks for an explanation from an official during the 2nd period of Sunday night's loss to Toronto. (Niko Tamurian)

The Syracuse Crunch played what Head Coach Ben Groulx called a solid "three minutes" of hockey in this game. The other 57 minutes absolutely belonged to the Toronto Marlies.

The North Division's top seed beat Syracuse 7-1 in front of 5,563 fans at the War Memorial on Sunday night.

With the loss, the Crunch is on the verge of elimination. Toronto now leads the series 3-0, they will advance with another win in this series.

In other words, the Crunch is playing for its season Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the War Memorial.

Toronto scored a pair of quick goals, at 3:23 into the game and 4:35 into the matchup.

A quick punch the Crunch could never quite recover from. It's the first time the Crunch has lost three in a row since February 2-9, the worst possible time for its worst stretch in three months.

"We had three good minutes in the first, nothing happened the other 57" said Groulx.

"Everything went wrong. For us, probably our worst game of the year" he adds.

Syracuse could only muster 19 shots to the Marlies' 30.

An effort that will require vast improvement to keep the season alive on Tuesday night.

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