Crunch Rally Past Amerks, 4-3, In Overtime


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch rallied past the Rochester Americans, 4-3, in overtime tonight at Upstate Medical University Arena tonight.

The win advances the Crunch to 25-21-6-2 on the season and 7-3-1-0 in the 12-game season series against the Amerks.

Crunch goaltender Max Lagace stopped 22-of-25 shots in victory. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen turned aside 40-of-44 between the pipes for the Amerks. Syracuse went 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-of-3 on the penalty kill.

The Amerks opened scoring with a power-play goal 11:09 into the first period. Oskari Laaksonen netted a long right-point shot while Lagace was screened. Linus Weissbach doubled the Amerks lead at 18:56 when he sent in a one-timer from between the circles.

The Crunch finally solved Luukkonen and rallied for three consecutive goals in the third period. Just 15 seconds into the frame, Ryan Jones ripped a slap shot from the top of the left circle to pull the team back within one. At 7:24, Gage Goncalves skated down the left wing and switched to his backhand to chip the puck in on a breakaway to even the score. Syracuse took over the lead at 10:28 when Cole Koepke went bar down from the top of the left circle.

At the 11:07 mark, Brett Murray dropped a pass back for JJ Peterka to score from the left faceoff dot to force overtime.

Syracuse took the win 59 seconds into the overtime frame when Alex Barre-Boulet centered the puck for Darren Raddysh to chip in.

The Crunch are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack.

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 or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

Crunchables: Alex Green is on a five-game points streak (2g, 5a)…Otto Somppi is on a four-game points streak with four assists…The Crunch are 7-8 in overtime this season.

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