Crunch Outlast Monsters, 5-3
CLEVELAND, OHIO. - The Syracuse Crunch extended their points streak to 12 consecutive games with a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Monsters this afternoon at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cameron Gaunce paced the team with three assists, while Dennis Yan put up a two-goal performance. The win advances the Crunch to 12-5-2-0 on the season and 1-0-1-0 in the four-game series against the Monsters.
Eddie Pasquale earned the win in net for the Crunch turning aside 35-of-38 shots. Monsters goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks allowed three goals on seven shots before being relieved by Jean-Francois Berube in the first period. Berube went on to stop 19-of-20. Syracuse was unable to convert on three power play opportunities, while the penalty kill shut down all five Cleveland man-advantages.
Syracuse opened scoring 1:49 into the game. After getting the puck from Gaunce, Yan came in on an odd-man rush and went off the far post and in from the left circle. Ross Colton collected the secondary helper. Just 39 seconds later, the Monsters got it back. Mark Letestu threw a centering feed for Sonny Milano to shovel in from the crease.
The Crunch added back-to-back goals two minutes apart to regain the lead in the first period. At the 11:03 mark, Taylor Raddysh threw a shot on net from the right post that Kivlenieks caught a piece of, but it trickled passed the netminder and across the goal line. Alex Volkov and Gaunce earned points on the tally. Yan then potted his second of the game off a quick passing play from Carter Verhaeghe to Alex Barre-Boulet in the slot. The rookie teed up a feed for Yan to pick up and send home as he cut down the center. The goal chased Kivlenieks from the game.
The Monsters got one back with 4:55 remaining in the opening frame. Pasquale made the save on Eric Robinson, but Doyle Somerby followed behind the play and backhanded home the rebound. The secondary assist went to Kole Sherwood.
Syracuse went back up by two with a shorthanded goal 3:16 into the second period. Boris Katchouk got the puck from Ben Thomas and lit the lamp with a slap shot from the left circle.
Cleveland came back within one halfway through the final frame. Gabriel Carlsson ripped a one-timer from the right point that ricocheted off Pasquale's pad and out for Vitaly Abramov to clean up. Sam Vigneault got a point on the goal.
Cory Conacher added an empty netter with the help of Gaunce in the final seconds to seal the win.
The Crunch return home to host the Binghamton Devils on Friday at 7 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: Alex Barré-Boulet is on a nine-game points streak (6g, 6a)...The Crunch lead the league with six shorthanded goals... Cory Conacher is on a ten-game points streak (9g, 15a).
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