Crunch Ground Rocket, 5-2

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch took down the Laval Rocket, 5-2, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

Darren Raddysh paced the team with three points (1g, 2a) to help snap a three-game losing streak against Laval and move the team to 18-18-4-1 on the season. The Crunch are now 2-3-1-0 in the eight-game season series against the Rocket.

Hugo Alnefelt earned the win stopping 21-of-23 shots in net for the Crunch in his first start after returning from injury. Cayden Primeau turned aside 36-of-40 between the pipes for the Rocket. Both Syracuse and Laval went 1-for-4 on the power play.

The Crunch put up three goals in the opening frame to build up a lead. Just 4:20 into the game, Remi Elie ripped a rocket of a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Gabe Fortier. Charles Hudon doubled the score at 8:05 when he went five-hole on Primeau while cutting in front of the crease. Gabriel Dumont rounded out the first-period scoring at 13:11 when he fired in a wrister from the left faceoff dot.

Laval got on the board 6:48 into the second period when Shawn St. Amant sent in a second-chance opportunity down low off the rebound from Sami Niku’s left-wing shot. The Rocket netted another to come back within one with just eight seconds remaining in the stanza. Jesse Ylonen scored with a one-timer from the left circle during 6-on-3 play.

Syracuse added two more in the final frame to snap their three-game skid against Laval. At 15:42, the power play came through when Cole Koepke chipped in the rebound from Raddysh’s shot. Raddysh then potted a goal of his own with an empty-netter at 17:20.

The Crunch host the Rochester Americans tomorrow.

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: Darren Raddysh scored his 100th career AHL point tonight and now sits at 102…Darren Raddysh tied a career-high with three points tonight…Remi Elie scored his 50th career AHL goal tonight…The Crunch are 12-2-1-1 in their orange third jerseys since the 2017-18 season.

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