Crunch Defeat Penguins, 4-1, Clinch Home Ice In North Division Semifinals

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-1, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena to secure second place in the North Division and clinch home ice in the best-of-five North Division Semifinals.

The win also sets a new franchise record with a 12-game home winning streak as the team advances to 41-25-7-2 on the season. Syracuse took the four-game season series against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-0-1-0.

Goaltender Max Lagace earned his eighth consecutive win stopping 20-of-21 shots in net for the Crunch. Tommy Nappier turned aside 33-of-36 between the pipes for the Crunch. Syracuse special teams went 1-for-3 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The Crunch opened scoring 12:48 into the game when Remi Elie sped down the right wing and roofed a shot past Nappier.

Radim Zohorna then evened the score for the Penguins 4:42 into the second period as he cut across the slot and fired a wrister from the left circle.

Syracuse went back on top with two goals of their own in the middle frame. At 7:57, Elie carried the puck down the left side before sending a feed for Simon Ryfors to finish off during a 2-on-1 rush. Nine minutes later, the Crunch made it 3-1 on the power play. Charles Hudon passed down to Alex Barre-Boulet along the goal line. He quickly redirected a feed back out for Gabriel Dumont to one-time from the right circle.

The Crunch maintained their lead through the third period and Alex Green topped it off with an empty-netter in the final minute of play.

The Crunch host the Laval Rocket for the regular season finale 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 www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

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