Crunch Comeback To Defeat Thunderbirds, 5-3


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch mounted a third-period comeback to rally from a two-goal deficit and defeat the Springfield Thunderbirds, 5-3, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The win extends the Crunch’s points streak to four games and advances the team to 33-24-7-2 on the season. Syracuse takes a 1-0 lead in the two-game season series against Springfield.

Goaltender Max Lagace turned aside 20-of-23 shots in victory. Joel Hofer stopped 32-of-36 between the pipes for the Thunderbirds. Syracuse went 1-for-4 on the power play, while Springfield was 2-for-3.

After a scoreless first period, the Thunderbirds broke the stalemate 8:03 into the second period. Matthew Peca skated the puck down the left wing and sent a last-minute feed across the crease for Brady Lyle to chip in backdoor. They doubled their lead at 18:07 when Tommy Cross fired in a wrister from the top of the left circle while on the power play.

The Crunch finally responded with 1:01 remaining in the middle frame when Sean Day stole the puck, cut through the slot and potted a shot from the left circle.

Springfield went back up by two with another power-play goal 7:01 into the third period off a Nathan Todd shot from the slot.

Halfway through the final frame, Syracuse started their comeback and rattled off four consecutive goals to take the game. It started at the 9:28 mark when Riley Nash stickhandled towards the net and beat Hofer on his backhand. At 12:25, Anthony Richard evened the score with a wrister from the left faceoff dot that trickled through the netminder. Five minutes later, Gage Goncalves put the Crunch on top while on the man-advantage with a wrister of his own from the same spot. Nash then potted his second of the night into the empty net to secure the win.

The Crunch host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tomorrow.

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 or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

Crunchables: Alex Barre-Boulet is on a five-game points streak (4g, 8a)…Nick Perbix recorded his first professional point tonight.

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