CRUNCH FALL TO COMETS, 3-1
UTICA, N.Y. - The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Utica Comets, 3-1, tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center in the first half of the home-and-home weekend series.
Dennis Yan scored the lone Crunch goal as the team moves to 26-16-2-2 on the season. The loss also drops Syracuse to 3-4-0-0 in the 12-game season series against Utica.
Goaltender Connor Ingram turned aside 34-of-36 shots in net for the Crunch. Richard Bachman recorded the win with 27 saves for the Comets. Syracuse went 0-for-3 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.
After a scoreless first period, the Comets were first to strike less than two minutes into the second stanza with a fluky goal. Ingram tried to poke the puck away just as Alexis D'Aoust got a stick on it. The puck flew up over the goaltender and landed in the net. Guillaume Brisebois and Jaime Sifers recorded the assists.
At the 6:17 mark, Utica doubled their lead on the power play. Nikolay Goldobin cut down the left wing before circling back to the top of the circle and sniping a shot through traffic. Reid Boucher and Philip Holm earned points on the play.
The Crunch finally got on the board with 47 seconds remaining in the second period. Mitchell Stephens won the faceoff in the right circle and kicked the puck towards the slot. Yan picked up the loose puck and potted a wrister as he cut across the zone.
With 36 seconds remaining in the game, Dylan Blujus cleared the puck down the ice and into an empty net with the help of Darren Archibald to secure a Comets victory.
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