SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-2, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.
The win advances the team to 24-18-4-3 on the season and 2-0-0-0 in the four-game season series against the Penguins.
Crunch goaltender Max Lagace earned his third consecutive win stopping 26-of-28 shots. Dustin Tokarski turned aside 27-of-30 between the pipes for the Penguins.
Both Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 1-for-4 on the power play.
The Crunch opened scoring with a power-play goal halfway through the first period. Simon Ryfors carried the puck down the right-wing boards before passing over to Gabriel Dumont. The captain then dished a backhand feed across the crease for Alex Barre-Boulet to chip in on the backdoor. The Penguins evened the score with a power-play goal of their own at 12:46 when Alexander Nylander was positioned next to the post to sweep in a redirected puck.
Syracuse regained their lead 4:37 into the second period when Trevor Carrick’s cross-slot pass ricocheted off a Penguin’s defender and over to Rudolfs Balcers in front of the net. At 14:20, the Crunch went up, 3-1. Jack Finley centered a feed from along the end boards for Lucas Edmonds to one-time in.
Valtteri Puustinen pulled the Penguins back within one with just 1:11 remaining in the game, but the Crunch smothered a comeback effort and took the win.
The Crunch host the Hartford Wolf Pack tomorrow.
Single game tickets and ticket packages for the 2022-23 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 www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).
Crunchables: Lucas Edmonds has four goals in his last three games…Alex Barre-Boulet is on a four-game points streak (2g, 5a).
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