Crunch Top Rocket, 4-2
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Syracuse Crunch opened scoring with back-to-back goals and maintained control in a 4-2 victory over the Laval Rocket tonight at the War Memorial Arena.
The Crunch are now on a nine-game home points streak and sit at 31-16-2-2 on the season. The team has a 3-1 lead in the six-game series against the Rocket.
Eddie Pasquale earned the win with 25 saves in net for Syracuse, while Charlie Lindgren turned aside 17-of-21 between the pipes for Laval. The Crunch converted on 1-of-2 power play opportunities and went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Crunch were first on the board with two goals in 1:10. Gabriel Dumont opened scoring at the 15:34 mark of the opening frame when he redirected Carter Verhaeghe's centering feed from the crease. Alex Barre-Boulet collected a point on the opening tally. A minute later, Andy Andreoff won the draw in the left circle and sent it back for Cameron Gaunce. His feed to the right circle set up Cory Conacher for a one-timer into a yawning net.
Laval stole one back just 22 seconds later when Maxim Lamarche capitalized on a giveaway and backhanded a shot from the slot.
Syracuse regained their two-goal lead halfway through the middle stanza. Mitchell Stephens threw a lead pass for Alex Volkov to score on the breakaway with a backhander. Cameron Gaunce tallied the secondary assist.
The Rocket pulled back within one with a power-play goal at the 12:32 mark of the second period. Jake Evans went intentionally wide from the right circle for Dale Weise to redirect in. Alex Belzile earned a point on the tally.
With 5:47 remaining in the game, the Crunch added an insurance marker on the power play. Verhaeghe sauced a pass across the slot for Barre-Boulet to send home from the right circle. Andreoff made it a multi-point night with the secondary assist.
The Crunch are back in action when they host the Toronto Marlies 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: Cory Conacher is in sole possession of ninth in franchise scoring with 153 points (54g, 99a)...Alex Barre-Boulet leads the league with 13 power-play goals.
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