Syracuse Toppled by Rochester 5-1
Rochester, NY - The Syracuse Crunch were out-matched by the Rochester Americans, falling 5-1 tonight at Blue Cross Arena.
The loss drops the club's overall record to 30-32-4-9 and brings the eight-game season series against the I-90 rivals to 4-4-0-0 draw.
Crunch netminder Cedrick Desjardins allowed five goals on 24 shots in defeat. Rochester goaltender Andrey Makarov stopped 22 of 23 shots. Syracuse allowed one-power play goal on three power-play chances and was unable to convert on their one power-play opportunity.
Rochester scored the first of three opening frame goals 7:44 into the period. Tim Schaller one-timed a feed from Colton Gillies past Desjardins from the left circle to go up 1-0. Brayden Irwin earned the secondary assist. Rochester doubled their lead when Luke Adam capitalized on a turnover behind the Crunch net for an unassisted score with 11:04 to play in the period. The Amerks converted on their first power-play chance of the game to go up 3-0 at the 12:42 mark. Irwin potted his own rebound, assisted by Phil Varone and Chad Ruhwedel.
Nick Deslauriers extended Rochester's lead to 4-0 when he flipped a Kevin Sundher feed past Desjardins 2:49 into the second period. Kevin Porter also registered an assist on the goal.
Jonathan Marchessault put the Crunch on the board 3:32 into the final frame. After a successful five-on-three penalty kill from the Crunch, Marchessault beat Makarov for his team-leading 22nd goal of the season. Brett Connolly was credited with the lone assist.
Rochester went up 5-1 on a redirection from Varone with 4:32 to play. Johan Larsson and former Syracuse Crunch forward Alex Hutchings earned assists.
The Crunch will conclude their 2013-14 season in Hamilton on Saturday, April 19.
CRUNCHABLES: With Mike Angelidis out of the lineup due to illness, rookie defenseman Luke Witkowski became the only player to appear in every Crunch game this season...After receiving an elbowing major and fighting penalty in the second period Witkowski's penalty minute season total surpassed 204...Witkowski leads the team while Angelidis is the next closest player with 157...With his goal tonight Jonathan Marchessault has seven points (5g, 2a) in his last six games
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