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Crunch Edged by Rocket, 3-2

January 12, 2022 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Syracuse Crunch News Release


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Syracuse Crunch were edged by the Laval Rocket, 3-2, tonight at Place Bell.

The loss snaps a four-game winning streak and moves the Crunch to 11-11-2-1 on the season and 1-1-0-0 in the eight-game season series against Laval.

Goaltender Max Lagace turned aside 25-of-28 shots in net for the Crunch, while Michael McNiven stopped 31-of-33 between the pipes for the Rocket. Syracuse was unable to covert on three power play opportunities, but went a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

The Rocket opened scoring 5:12 into the game when Alexandre Fortin redirected a long right-point shot from Charles-David Beaudoin.

The Crunch tied the game 3:31 into the second period. After getting the puck along the blue line, Max Cajkovic skated in down the right side and fired a wrister off the crossbar and in. Just three minutes later, Laval regained their lead with a shorthanded goal. Brandon Gignac scored on a give-and-go play during an odd-man rush with Gabriel Bourque.

Syracuse knotted the score for a second time at the 11:13 mark of the middle frame. P.C. Labrie forced a turnover in the corner and poked the puck toward Charles Hudon. He deked around a defender as he cut across the slot and shoveled a backhander past McNiven.

Laval went back on top at the 13:31 mark of the third period. Carl Neill fired a shot wide that went off the end boards and back out for Jean-Sébastien Dea to chip into an open net.

The Crunch travel to face the Utica Comets on Friday.

Single game tickets and ticket packages for the 2021-22 season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial 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).

Crunchables: Charles Hudon has goals in back-to-back games.


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