Winnipeg, MB (April 28, 2006) – Right wing Lee Goren (2) scored 5:24 into the overtime frame to push Manitoba over the Crunch in a 3-2 victory at the MTS Centre in front of 7,851 fans. The Moose have come from two games down to now lead the series 3-2.
Manitoba tallied first on the power play just 3:40 into the first period. Center Craig Darby picked up the loose puck and beat Crunch goaltender Pascal Leclaire for his first goal of the playoffs. Syracuseâ€™s special teams answered back with a shorthanded goal. Center Geoff Platt (2) came in on a break-away and beat Moose goaltender Wade Flaherty at the 12:30 mark.
Syracuse was the only team to find the back of the net in the second period, scoring a power play goal. Left wing Joakim Lindstrom tallied his first AHL playoff goal, when he picked up a rebound and put a back handed shot past Flaherty just after the half way mark.
Right wing Alexandre Burrows (3) scored on a break-away at the 13:51 mark of the third period knotting the game at two and forcing the game into the extra frame.
Flaherty improved his record to 3-2, stopping 16 Crunch shots. Leclaire saw his record fall to 2-3 in the loss, recording 32 saves.
The Crunch host Manitoba in Game Six of the Calder Cup playoffs on Sunday, April 30. Game Time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Crunch office at (315) 473-4444, stopping by the Oncenter box office located on the State Street side of the War Memorial at Oncenter or by calling TicketMaster at (315) 472-0700.
CRUNCHABLES: Defenseman Aaron Johnson (1g, 3a) and center Peter Sarno (4a) has recorded a point in their last four games and in four of Syracuseâ€™s five playoff games.