The Crunch lost Game 5 of their playoff series with the Toronto Marlies last night, in overtime by a count of 4-3. It was a disappointing loss because of the way it happened. First of all, the teams traded two goals apiece in a span of 3:22 late in the first period. Then David Ling got a controversial goal in the second period to give the Marlies the lead. Clay Wilson's power play goal early in the third period tied the game, but Bates Battaglia scored with 1:25 left in the first overtime to win it and force Game 6.
Did the replay have an effect? – There is no replay used to look at goals in the American Hockey League. However, the game was on TV and a replay was shown on the video boards in the arena. After the officials gathered to talk about whether or not the puck crossed the line, the goal judge was summoned. As he walked around to the penalty box, the replay was shown and the crowed was chanting "goal, goal." After talking to the goal judge (who never turned on the light, by the way) the goal was allowed. Incidentally, the replay was inconclusive because it wasn't an overhead view.
Quiet Crunch killer – Former Crunch captain David Ling had two points last night and now has eight points in the series. It has been a quiet eight points, but they've all come at important times.
Game 6 is tonight in Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. The Crunch can advance to the Western Conference Finals with a win. You can listen to the game online, at sportsradio620.com or watch it on the B2 Network.