Crunch Downed by Rocket, 3-2, in Game 2


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch were downed by the Laval Rocket, 3-2, in Game 2 tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The best-of-five series is now tied, 1-1.

Goaltender Max Lagace stopped 25-of-28 shots in net for the Crunch. Cayden Primeau turned aside 37-of-39 between the pipes for the Rocket. Syracuse was unable to convert on five power play opportunities, while Laval went 1-for-4.

The Crunch opened scoring 5:37 into the game when Simon Ryfors got a stick on Ryan Jones’s slapshot from the point and redirected the puck past Primeau. With 2:27 remaining in the first period, the Rocket evened the score on the power play. Jesse Ylonen took a shot from the top of the left circle while the netminder was screened.

The Rocket took the lead 6:27 into the middle frame. Alex Belzile was down low to grab the puck and shovel a backhander into the net.

Syracuse rallied and tied the game at the 12:40 mark of the third period. Gabe Fortier skated into the zone and sent a shot on net. Primeau made the save, but Daniel Walcott followed behind the play and swept in the rebound.

Laval then netted the game-winner at 18:13. Brandon Gignac backhanded a close-range shot that was stopped, but he grabbed his own rebound and sent it in.

The teams travel to Laval for Game 3 on Thursday.

Single game tickets and ticket packages for the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs 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: Daniel Walcott scored his first career postseason goal tonight…Ryan Jones has recorded a point in back-to-back playoff games.

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