SYRACUSE, NY. - Joakim Lindstrom fired the game-winner 30 seconds into overtime to give the Syracuse Crunch a 2-1 victory against the Manitoba Moose Friday in Game 1 over their AHL best-of-seven series.
While rushing up the Moose zone, Lindstrom beat Cory Schneider with a quick release from the middle of the face-off circle.
In the second period, Manitoba's newest acquisition, Zack Smith, burst into the Crunch zone with fellow rookie Juraj Simek. Though Karl Goehring stopped Smith's original shot, Simek snapped back the rebound to score Manitoba's first playoff goal for 1-0 Moose lead.
Syracuse fired three shots to Manitoba's two in the first five minutes of the third period, and a penalty to Moose defender Nathan McIver kept the home team on the offensive for two more minutes. With 22 seconds left in the power play, David Cullen got the equalizer.
Goehring made 29 saves.
Game 2 is Saturday in Syracuse.