Prestin Ryan was credited with the goal off a scramble in front with 9:50 gone in overtime as Manitoba wrapped up its North Division semifinal series with a 3-2 victory over Syracuse in Game 6 on Sunday evening.
The Moose won four in a row to become the 17th team in AHL history to win a best-of-seven series after falling behind two games to none.
For Ryan, who skated for the Crunch during the 2004-05 season, it was his first career playoff goal.
Wade Flaherty finished with 32 saves on the night, and was brilliant all series long, posting a 1.58 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage. Syracuse tied an AHL record for the fewest goals (10) in a six-game Calder Cup Playoff series.
Jason Jaffray and Jesse Schultz gave the Moose a 2-0 lead just 7:34 into the game. Geoff Platt scored a power-play goal for the Crunch later in the first period.
With Syracuse’s season on the line, Dan Fritsche poked the puck home with 18.1 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Andrew Penner got the call in place of an injured Pascal Leclaire and made 33 saves in his first career playoff start.
The Moose, the only lower seed to win its first-round playoff series this year, will face Grand Rapids in the North Division final beginning Friday night.