SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Amir Miftakhov recorded his first North American shutout with a 29-save performance to lead the Syracuse Crunch to a 4-0 win over the Laval Rocket tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.
The victory advances the Crunch to 5-3-1-0 on the season and 1-0-0-0 in the eight-game season series against the Rocket.
With tonight’s win, Miftakhov has now won all three of his starts this season. Cayden Primeau stopped 22-of-25 shots between the pipes for the Rocket. Syracuse went 1-for-3 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Syracuse opened scoring 11:22 into the game when Tristin Langan scored his first AHL goal by sending in a rebound while on the power play.
The Crunch made it 3-0 with two goals just 20 seconds apart in the second period. At 8:17, Daniel Walcott beat Primeau on a short breakaway when he stuffed the puck just past his right skate. Seconds later, Cole Koepke fired in a wrister from the right circle.
With 2:54 remaining in the game, Gabe Dumont added an empty-netter to lock in a Crunch victory.
The Crunch round out a three-game home stand on Wednesday when the Bridegport Islanders come to town.
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: Sean Day played in his 100th AHL game tonight…Amir Miftakhov is the first goaltender since Kristers Gudlevskis in 2013-14 to record three consecutive wins in his first three starts with the Crunch…Two goals in 20 seconds in the quickest for the Crunch this season.