Ling’s three-point night leads Toronto to 5-4 win over Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – David Ling scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Toronto Marlies over the Syracuse Crunch 5-4 in AHL action Friday night.

Andrew Murray scored twice to put the Crunch on the board with a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Ling replied with three minutes left in the frame to ignite the Marlies offence, as Toronto scored four unanswered goals to go up 5-2 midway through the third.

“We were fortunate to get the two points,” Toronto head coach Greg Gilbert said.

“Our team does the little things that help get a win, and our players are going to battle for each other and work with each other to make sure we have an opportunity to win.”

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Jay Harrison, Darryl Boyce and John Mitchell each scored for Toronto, who improved to 11-0-0-2 with the win.

Adam Pineault and Philippe Dupuis also tallied for Syracuse (6-11-0-0).

Scott Clemmensen made 35 saves from 39 shots for Toronto, while Tomas Popperle stopped 31 of 36 shots for the Crunch.

Syracuse went 3-for-3 with extra attacker, while the Marlies were 1-for-6.