Toronto Over Syracuse: Marlies sweep Crunch out of Calder Cup Playoffs
The 2017-18 season has come to an end for the Syracuse Crunch.
Trailing 3-0 in a best-of-7 series against the Toronto Marlies, the Crunch were forced to win Tuesday night -- or go home.
After falling behind 2-0 on Tuesday, the Crunch were able to stop the bleeding, holding the Marlies scoreless the rest of the contest.
However, Syracuse was unable to score enough goals to tie the game.
Reid McNeill was able to put the Crunch on the scoreboard late in the third period, cutting the deficit in half.
Syracuse put up a valiant effort to try to tie it up in the final minutes, but was unable to do so, resulting in a 2-1 loss, ultimately ending the series and the season.
"They [Toronto] were the best team in this series," Syracuse Crunch coach Ben Groulx said. "When you look at the first three games -- the empty-netter in the first game and it was a one-goal difference -- double overtime [on Saturday] -- then another one-goal difference tonight. It was close but not enough. We've got to give them credit. They were the best time and they deserved it."
The Crunch finished the regular season with 100 points on the year and 46 total wins, with several newcomers and rookies.
After the game, Crunch coach Ben Groulx admitted he planned to return for next season despite the rumors of a possible jump to the National Hockey League.
In two seasons as head coach of the Crunch, Groulx has led the team to the Calder Cup Finals and the North Division Finals, respectively.
Groulx shared a smile, saying, "there's one more year on my contract -- so hopefully."