Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sesito scores in overtime, Crunch take 2-1 series lead over Moose

WINNIPEG — Tom Sestito was hoping to catch his coach's eye, and he picked a good way to do it.

Sestito scored 11 minutes into overtime to lift the Syracuse Crunch to a 2-1 win over the Manitoba Moose in American Hockey League playoff action Tuesday. The Crunch have a 2-1 lead over the Moose in the first-round series. Sestito managed to get his stick on defenceman Brett Motherwell's blue-line drive and redirected it past Cory Schneider for the game winner.

"I was trying to stir up things out there and get things started," Sestito said. "I hope it gets me more ice time."

Syracuse head coach Ross Yates certainly took notice.

"Tommy was all over the ice and creating chances," he said.

Zenon Konopka added a goal and an assist for Syracuse, while Michael Grabner replied for Manitoba.

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