SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Laval Rocket, 5-1, tonight in the regular season finale at the Upstate Medical University Arena.
The Crunch finish their 2021-22 campaign with a 41-26-7-2 record. They also end the eight-game season series against the Rocket, 3-4-1-0.
Crunch goaltender Hugo Alnefelt turned aside 26-of-31 shots, while Kevin Poulin recorded the win stopping 24-of-25. The Crunch were unable to convert on two power play opportunities and went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Laval responded to even the score at the 11:54 mark. Brandon Gignac sped down the right wing and centered the puck last minute for Nate Schnarr to chip in. With just 30 seconds remaining in the opening frame, the Rocket took the lead with a power-play goal. Rafael Harvey-Pinard took a shot intentionally wide from the right circle for Cedric Paquette to finish off back door.
Paquette potted his second of the night at the 7:44 mark of the middle frame when he redirected a centering feed from Gignac past Alnefelt. Three minutes later, Joel Teasdale sent the puck across the goal line with a close-range shot.
Laval scored again at the 3:30 mark of the third period when Corey Schueneman sent in a shot from the left circle.
The Crunch will face the Laval Rocket in the North Division Semifinals beginning with Game 1 on Friday.
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 www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).
Crunchables: The Crunch and Rocket will face each other in the North Division Semifinals. It will be the first matchup of the Tampa and Montreal affiliates since the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs when the Crunch played the St. John’s IceCaps.