Crunch Double up Monsters, 6-3
SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- The Syracuse Crunch doubled up the Cleveland Monsters, 6-3, to complete a weekend sweep tonight at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Twelve Crunch players recorded a point in the win. Cal Foote paced the team with three assists, while Gemel Smith and Cory Conacher tallied two helpers each as the Crunch advance to 2-0-1-0 on the season.
Louis Domingue earned his first win of the season with 30 saves between the pipes for the Crunch. Veini Vehvilainen turned aside 31-of-37 in net for the Monsters. Syracuse converted on 1-of-4 power play opportunities and went a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
Syracuse opened scoring 4:26 into the game when Nolan Valleau fired a wrister from the high slot. Smith and Conacher tallied the assists.
Cleveland responded within two minutes and potted back-to-back goals to steal the lead. Ryan Collins sent a long shot from the point that was blocked in traffic, but Kole Sherwood had his stick down to send home the second chance. Then, Stefan Matteau cleaned up the rebound on Justin Scott's blocked shot.
The Crunch quickly added two to reclaim the lead before the first intermission. At 11:31, Smith grabbed a rebound, skated around the back of the net and centered it for Yan to score from between the circles. Foote recorded the secondary helper. Three minutes later, Danick Martel banked a shot off Vehvilainen from behind the goal line to put Syracuse back on top.
Syracuse made it a two-goal lead with a 5-on-3 power-play tally 4:12 into middle stanza. Foote rung a shot off the crossbar that dropped down for Peter Abbandonato to bat in out of midair. Ross Colton earned a point on the play.
The Monsters came back within one off a mishandled puck halfway through the frame. Calvin Thurkauf found the loose puck and jammed it towards the net where Sherwood finished it off for his second of the night.
The Crunch rebuilt the two-goal lead with 2:52 remaining in the second period. Alex Barre-Boulet got a long lead pass from Foote and skated into the zone. He centered a give-and-go to Conacher in the slot and hammered home the return pass from a sharp angle below the left circle.
Syracuse added one more in the third period to make it 6-3. After Taylor Raddysh skated the puck out from behind the net, he sent it up to Luke Schenn at the right point. Otto Somppi tipped the long shot for his first of the season.
The Crunch are back in action on Wednesday when the team travels to Utica to face the Comets.
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Crunchables: Peter Abbandonato and Alex Barre-Boulet have goals in back-to-back games...The Crunch penalty kill is a perfect 13-for-13 through three games this season.
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