Crunch Fall To Marlies, 4-3, In Overtime

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. Alex Barre-Boulet scored back-to-back goals to help the Syracuse Crunch rally back and force overtime, but they eventually fell to the Toronto Marlies, 4-3, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The Crunch now sit at 1-2-1-2 on the season and 0-1-1-0 in the six-game season series against the Marlies.

Max Lagace turned aside 33-of-37 shots in net for the Crunch. Keith Petruzzelli earned the win stopping 37-of-40 shots.

Syracuse was unable to convert on three power play opportunities, while the Marlies went 1-for-6.

The Marlies opened scoring with a power-play goal late in the first period. Lagace made the initial save on Joey Anderson’s tip, but he collected his own rebound and stuffed it behind the netminder. Just 2:36 later, Jordie Benn ripped a slap shot from the slot to double Toronto’s lead.

The Crunch stole one back just 2:16 into the second period when Trevor Carrick threw the puck towards the goal and it bounded past Petruzzelli.

Toronto regained their two-goal lead with 2:51 remaining in the middle frame. Anderson wrapped around the back of the cage and turn to fire in his second goal of the night from the bottom of the left circle.

Syracuse rallied back to force overtime off back-to-back goal from Barre-Boulet early in the third period. His first came at the 2:42 mark when he skated the puck into the zone, cut down the slot and fired a wrister. He potted his second 3:23 later when he was in front to chip in the rebound from Sean Day’s left wing shot.

Nick Abruzzese scored the game-winner for the Marlies 3:58 into the overtime period.

The Crunch host the Cleveland Monsters tomorrow 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: Gemel Smith has recorded a point in all six games this season (3g, 6a).

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