Crunch Edged By Senators, 4-2


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch were edged by the Belleville Senators, 4-2, tonight at CAA Arena.


The loss extends the team’s skid to five games and moves the Crunch to 21-18-4-3 on the season. Syracuse is now 2-2-0-1 in the six-game season series against Belleville.


Goaltender Max Lagace turned aside 28-of-31 shots for the Crunch. Antoine Bibeau recorded the win blocking 34-of-36 between the pipes for the Senators.


Syracuse was unable to convert on three power play opportunities, while Belleville went 2-for-9.


Belleville was first on the board 4:46 into the game. Lagace made back-to-back saves, but Cole Cassels eventually got his stick on the puck and chipped in a rebound. Angus Crookshank doubled the lead with a power-play goal five minutes later.


Crookshank potted his second power-play goal of the game at the 5:21 mark of the second period to build a 3-0 lead for the Senators. Three minutes later, the Crunch finally stole one back. Gage Goncalves skated the puck down to the end boards and centered a feed for Daniel Walcott to one-time into the net. Syracuse then made it a one-goal game late in the middle frame when Alex Barre-Boulet carried the puck into the zone and backhanded a pass into the right circle for Phil Myers to score shorthanded.


Jake Lucchini sent the puck into the empty net with just one second remaining in the game to secure a Senators victory.


 The Crunch are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Utica to face the Comets.


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: Phil Myers is tied for the league lead with three shorthanded goals this season…Alex Barre-Boulet and Gabriel Dumont are on nine-game road points streaks.


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