The Syracuse Crunch knocked off the Manitoba Moose in yet another OT game (5 of 6 of these games went to OT) to advance to the next round of the Calder Cup playoffs against the Toronto Marlies.
I did get to catch the 3rd period and OT on the radio. Its hard to tell who played well by the radio call but it seemed that Derick Brassard was really involved as was Gilbert Brule - although he took what could have been a costly penalty towards the end of the 3rd. Then in OT the Crunch caught a huge break when one of the Moose's defensemen's stick broke (that sounds like something that would happen to the CBJ) and the unlikely Crunch hero, Tervor Frischmon, took advantage and potted the game and series winner.
Jacket prospects Brassard and Picard each picked up a goal in the win as well. In fact Brassard, who started slowly in this series, now has 5 points in 6 playoff games.
It was the first time in AHL history that a team had won all four of its playoff games in OT. Not only that but this was the first time that the Crunch had won a series since 1996 - damn!
Man does this team just seemed destined for something big this year or what?
I can't stress enough how great of an experience this is for our young players development like Brassard, Brule, Picard, Methot, Dorsette, Sestito, Wilson, Plehkanov and even Legein (even though he's playing a small role at this point).
Hopefully it translates into some W's for the big squad next season.
Series 2 starts this Friday in Toronto. Lets see if the boys can keep it rolling and keep that winning feeling.