Crunch Edged by Amerks, 3-2, in Six-Round Shootout
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - After coming back to tie the game twice, the Syracuse Crunch eventually fell to the Rochester Americans, 3-2, in a six-round shootout tonight at the War Memorial Arena.
Mitchell Stephens got the Crunch on the board in the second period before Ross Colton forced overtime with an early third period goal. The loss moves the team to 30-15-2-2 on the season and 3-2-1-1 in the 12-game series against the Amerks.
Netminder Eddie Pasquale stopped 37-of-39 shots and 5-of-6 shootout attempts between the pipes for the Crunch, while Adam Wilcox recorded the win with 29 saves and all six stops in the shootout. Syracuse was unable to capitalize on three power play opportunities, but went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Amerks opened scoring on the power play 4:20 into the first period. Pasquale stopped the first two shots from Kevin Porter and Taylor Leier, but Remi Elie finally poked a rebound past him in the crease.
Syracuse evened the score 7:17 into the second period with a goal from Stephens. Gabriel Dumont wrapped around the cage and backhanded a centering feed for Stephens to chip in from the post. Carter Verhaeghe recorded a point on the equalizer.
Rochester regained the lead just two minutes later when William Borgen fired a wrister from the slot with the help of Yannick Veilleux and Dalton Smith.
The Crunch knotted the game for the second time just 1:53 into the third period to require an extra frame. Cal Foote fed the puck to Colton, who sped down the right wing and picked the near corner from the faceoff dot. Brady Brassart earned the secondary assist.
After a scoreless overtime period, the game went to shootout where Leier scored the only goal in the sixth round.
The Crunch travel to face the Toronto Marlies on Monday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.
Single game tickets and packages for the 2018-19 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 www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch) using #SyrCrunch.
Crunchables: After returning from injury, Mitchell Stephens has three goals in his last five games...Six of the seven matchups against Rochester this season have been one-goal decisions...The Crunch gave up their first power-play goal in seven games tonight.
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