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Crunch Downed by Thunderbirds, 4-1

January 17, 2020 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Syracuse Crunch News Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- The Syracuse Crunch were downed by the Springfield Thunderbirds, 4-1, tonight at Upstate Medical University Arena.

After heading into the final frame knotted, 1-1, the Thunderbirds rallied for a three-goal period to take the win. The Crunch are now 18-18-2-2 on the season.

Goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 19-of-22 between the pipes for the Crunch. Ryan Bednard turned aside 36-of-37 in net for the Thunderbirds. Syracuse was unable to convert on two power play opportunities, but went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.

The Thunderbirds opened scoring 7:21 into the game. Ethan Prow got a pass from Daniel Audette and wristed a shot from the slot. Liam Pecararo earned the secondary assist.

Halfway through the first period, the Crunch evened the score. Otto Somppi battled behind the cage before centering a feed for Dennis Yan to chip in. Jimmy Huntington tallied a point on the play.

After a scoreless middle frame, the Thunderbirds regained the lead 7:04 into the third period. Owen Tippett fired in a shot from the bottom of the left circle off assists from Thomas Schemitsch and Tommy Cross. Two minutes later, they doubled their lead when Audette scored with a long shot from the blue line. Prow and Jack Rodewald tallied the helpers.

Rob O'Gara secured the win for Springfield with an empty-netter in the final seconds.

The Crunch travel to face the Binghamton Devils tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.

Ticket packages and single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the War Memorial Arena at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444 or online through Ticketmaster. For the latest Crunch news, visit or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch) using #SyrCrunch.

Crunchables: The Crunch are 0-5-1-1 when tied after two periods this season.

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