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Crunch sweeps Springfield, reaches conference final

Syracuse 7-0 so far in pursuit of Calder Cup

— The last time Syracuse made it to the semifinals dates all the way back to 1995-96, in the early years of the franchise when it was affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks.

Syracuse would take on the winner of the Providence-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton series in the conference finals. The Bruins lead that series 3-2 after the Penguins, down 3-0 at one points, twice fought off elimination to keep that series alive, and the Crunch waiting.

The Crunch players reflected upon the fact that they were happy to get a few days of rest before playing their next opponent, whomever it might be.

“It's good for guys that might be little bruised,” Syracuse captain Mike Angelidis said. “You can never get enough rest in the playoffs. It's is a grind.”

In the four games against Springfield, Syracuse outscored Falcons 18-7 and never trailed at any time. Desajardins dominated in the net, allowing just five even-strength scores.

It was a loud, festive atmosphere when the game was over, as some of the 5,090 fans in attendance threw broomsticks onto the ice, celebrating the home team's back-to-back sweeps. Many of the 5,090 people in attendance were singing, dancing and taking pictures, too.

The Crunch players gave a stellar effort not to give away anything to the second-seeded Falcons, building a 2-0 lead in the first period.

For the first goal, Philip-Michael Devas centered a pass to Wyman who broke free skating down the ice. Wyman then navigated just outside the crease before jamming the puck past Curtis McElhinney's right glove side.

Syracuse continued 1:48 later with swarming offensive pressure. Vladdy Namestinkov flew past the Falcons down the right wing and made a cut to the middle. McElhinney got a piece of his cue shot, but the rebound was swooped up and pushed in by Mark Barbario at the 7:56 mark.

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