SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch rolled past the Hershey Bears, 5-3, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.
The team is on a three-game winning streak to advance to 10-10-2-1. The Crunch now lead the four-game season series against the Bears, 2-0-0-1.
Goaltender Max Lagace stopped 20-of-23 shots for his fourth consecutive win in net. Pheonix Copley turned aside 21-of 25 between the pipes for the Bears. Syracuse was unable to convert on two power play opportunities, while Hersey went 2-for-4.
The Crunch opened scoring just 2:45 into the game. After some quick passing between Alex Barre-Boulet and Gabriel Dumont, the captain centered the puck for Cole Koepke to tip it in backdoor. The Bears evened the score on the power play at 8:36 when Axel Jonsson-Fjallby chipped in a shot from the bottom of the left circle while Lagace was screened.
At 12:51, Alex Green potted his first of the season with a wrister from the right face-off dot to put the Crunch back on top.
Syracuse built up a two-goal lead 1:15 into the second frame when P.C. Labrie tipped in a long point shot from Ryan Jones. Hershey responded with another power-play goal at 16:33. Jonsson-Fjallby skated in and netted his second of the game from the left circle.
The Crunch regained their two-goal lead at the 1:58 mark of the third period. Green’s left-side shot snuck through traffic before deflecting off Gabe Fortier and in. Less than two minutes later, the Bears stole it back during 4-on-4 play. Garrett Pilon cut in front of the net and stuffed the puck past Lagace.
Barre-Boulet secured the win with an empty-netter in the final seconds to give the Crunch the 5-3 win.
Syracuse is back in action tomorrow when they host the Rochester Americans.
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: P.C. Labrie appeared in his first game with the Crunch since April 19, 2014…Cole Koepke is on a four-game goal-scoring streak and a five-game points streak (4g, 4a).