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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."

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.


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