Crunch Defeat Wolf Pack, 8-5


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack, 8-5, tonight at the XL Center.

The win advances the Crunch to 31-24-6-2 on the season as they sweep the two-game season series against the Wolf Pack.

Crunch goaltender Amir Miftakhov earned the win stopping 25-of-30 shots. Keith Kinkaid turned aside 20-of-27 in net for the Wolf Pack. The Syracuse power play went 0-for-2, but the penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4.

The Crunch were first on the board just 1:50 into the game. Kinkaid made the save on Charles Hudon’s shot, but Alex Barre-Boulet was in front of the net to clean up the rebound.

Hartford responded at 4:47 when Patrick Khodorenko chipped in a shot from the bottom of the right. At 9:05, the team went on top during an odd-man rush. Ty Ronning carried the puck down the right wing and fired a shot that went off a defender and in.

Syracuse added two more of their own to close out the first period with a 3-2 lead. At 10:28, Gabe Fortier grabbed the puck along the end boards and centered it for Simon Ryfors to score. Three minutes later, Declan Carlile potted his first professional goal with a wrister from the right circle.

The second period was another high-scoring frame with the Crunch and Wolf Pack exchanging five goals. It started just 1:32 into the period when Barre-Boulet sent a backdoor feed for Cole Koepke to finish off from the bottom of the right circle. At 7:36, Hunter Skinner one-timed a centering feed from Bobby Trivigno. Just 30 seconds later, Ryfors scored his second of the game with a one-timer of his own from the left face-off dot off a feed from Gabriel Dumont. Halfway through the frame, Ronning tallied his second of the night on a short 2-on-1. The Crunch again responded a minute later when Sean Day netted a long left-point shot.

Hartford pulled back within one yet again 3:29 into the third period when Trivigno wrapped around the back of the net and sent a cross-crease feed for Nick Merkley to send home. The Crunch responded with two goals from Anthony Richard. He tallied a shorthanded marker at 8:09 followed by an empty-netter at 17:13.

The Crunch travel to Providence to complete their three-in-three weekend 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: Simon Ryfors recorded his first multi-goal game tonight and now has goals in back-to-back games…Declan Carlile has a goal and assist in his first two professional games.

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