Crunch Defeat Rocket, 2-1


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Laval Rocket, 2-1, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.


Gemel Smith and Lucas Edmonds provided the goals for the Crunch to help the team advance to 13-9-2-2 on the season.


Goaltender Jack LaFontaine earned his first win in his first start with the Crunch this season turning aside 31-of-32 shots. Kevin Poulin stopped 26-of-28 in net for the Rocket.


Syracuse was 0-for-4 on the power play, but went a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.


The Crunch jumped out to a quick two-goal lead early in the first period. Smith opened the scoring at 4:39 when he swept the puck into an open net while Poulin was pulled out of position. Just 1:11 later, Edmonds doubled the lead with another backdoor goal off a feed from Cole Koepke.


Rafaël Harvey-Pinard stole one back for the Rocket with just 43 seconds remaining in the game, but the Crunch staved off a comeback and earned their fourth consecutive win.


The Crunch travel to face the Rochester Americans on Friday.


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


Crunchables: Gemel Smith is on a 13-game points streak (8g, 10a).


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