It has been awhile since the Syracuse Crunch made the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs. Fans came out and filled the Onondaga Country War Memorial in support.
AHL Hockey Playoff atmosphere during the Syracuse Crunch game against the St. John's Ice Caps. From left, fans waving rally towels at the start of the game, patriotic couple sang both the Canadian and American national anthems, Crunch mascot Al the Ice Gorilla greets fans and a young fan gets an up close view of the game.
The Crunch had lost the first game of the best of five series the night before and the Syracuse fans loudly supported them throughout the game. The Crunch carried the play for most of the game but still gave up a two goal lead. The teams were tied half way through the last period.
Syracuse Crunch forward Brandon McMillan (15) tips the puck towards St. John's Ice Caps goaltender Edward Pasquale (40) in the first period of their AHL playoff game on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in the War Memorial. Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/800s, f/2.8, ISO 2200, EV +1.3, 200mm focal length.
Crunch forward Brandon McMillan (pictured above) broke the tie with 8 minutes left in the third period. McMillan, who was in front of Ice Caps goalie Edward Pasquale all night, deflected a pass from Kyle Pallmieri into the net. From there the Crunch held off the Ice Caps for their first playoff win.
Syracuse Crunch goaltender Iiro Tarkki (35) keeps an eye on the puck after making a save against the St. John's Ice Caps in an AHL playoff game on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the War Memorial. Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/800s, f/2.8, ISO 2800, EV +1.3, 200mm focal length.
The series resumes in St. John’s on Wednesday. The Syracuse Crunch will have to win two games on the road. A big challenge but this team has been meeting them all year. Go Crunch!