Crunch Down Marlies, 5-3

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch downed the Toronto Marlies, 5-3, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

 

The Crunch are now on a five-game winning streak and advance to 7-6-1-2 on the season. Syracuse also picked up their first win in a six-game season series against Toronto.

 

Crunch goaltender Hugo Alnefelt stopped 15-of-16 shots before leaving the game halfway through the first period. Max Lagace went on to turn aside 16-of-18 in relief. Keith Petruzzelli blocked 26-of-31 between the pipes for the Marlies.

 

Syracuse was unable to convert on their one power play opportunity, but went a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

 

The Marlies were first on the board 3:41 into the game when Kyle Clifford stick handled down the slot and beat Alnefelt. Four minutes later, Darren Raddysh evened the score with a wrister from between the circles.

 

Syracuse took the lead with two goals just 46 seconds apart early in the second period. First, Gemel Smith capitalized on a turnover in the bottom of the left circle when he grabbed the loose puck, turned and fired it in. Less than a minute later, Daniel Walcott tipped in a centering feed from Ilya Usau.

 

Toronto responded with two goals of their own late in the middle stanza to tie the game. They came back within one at 12:55 when Adam Gaudette was able to send a rebound in during a scramble in the crease. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev then knotted the score with a shot from the slot at 15:04.

 

The Crunch regained their lead with another set of back-to-back goals to start the final frame. Gage Goncalves was at the goal post to chip in a second-chance opportunity at the 6:23 mark for the eventual game-winner. Just 42 seconds later, Ryan Jones netted his first of the season from the left circle to secure a Crunch win.

 

The Crunch host back-to-back games against the Providence Bruins starting on Friday night.

 

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: The Crunch have scored at least four goals in each game of their five-game winning streak…A five-game winning streak is the longest active winning streak in the AHL.

 

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