Crunch Rally Past Bears, 3-2, In Overtime


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch battled back from a two-goal deficit to top the Hershey Bears, 3-2, in overtime tonight at the Giant Center.


The win snaps a three-game skid and moves the Crunch to 2-2-1-0 on the season.


Goaltender Amir Miftakhov earned his first AHL win with 29 saves in net for the Crunch. Pheonix Copley turned aside 37-of-40 between the pipes for the Bears. Syracuse went 2-for-6 on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.


The Bears were first on the board just 1:11 into the game. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby skated the puck across the blue line and scored with a wrister from the left circle. Hershey doubled their lead at 12:31 when Matt Moulson tipped Cody Franson’s point shot.


The Crunch stole one back on the power play 4:35 into the middle frame. Cole Koepke ripped a one-timer from the right point that was stopped by Copley, but the rebound bounded up for Jimmy Huntington to bat in out of midair.


Syracuse evened the score to eventually force overtime with another power-play goal 1:07 into the third period. Sean Day’s left-point shot was blocked, but Gabriel Dumont was down low to poke at the rebound before eventually getting it across the goal line.


With 14 seconds remaining in the overtime period, Day sent a stretch pass for Charles Hudon to come in on a breakaway and net the game-winner.


The Crunch return home to host the Cleveland Monsters 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 or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).


Crunchables: Jimmy Huntington matched a career-high five goals in just five games this season…The Crunch have trailed 2-0 in three games this season. They are 2-0-1-0 with five of six possible points in those games.


Players Mentioned

Gabriel Dumont

#40 Gabriel Dumont

5′ 10″
180 lbs

Charles Hudon

#55 Charles Hudon

5′ 10″
187 lbs

Jimmy Huntington

#15 Jimmy Huntington

6′ 0″
200 lbs

Cole Koepke

#45 Cole Koepke

6′ 1″
172 lbs

Sean Day

#74 Sean Day

6′ 3″
218 lbs

Amir Miftakhov

#35 Amir Miftakhov

6′ 0″
182 lbs

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