Crunch Shutout Senators, 6-0


SYRACUSE, N.Y. Max Lagace and the Syracuse Crunch shutout the Belleville Senators, 6-0, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The win puts the Crunch on a league-leading nine-game home winning streak and advances the team to 37-25-7-2 on the season. Syracuse also won the eight-game season series against Belleville, 5-3-0-0.

Lagace made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Mads Sogaard stopped 21-of-25 shots in net for the Senators before being relieved by Mitch Gillam in the second period. Gillam went on to turn aside 13-of-15. The Syracuse special teams were excellent going 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

The Crunch opened scoring during a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period. After quick passing around the zone, Simon Ryfors tipped a shot that was stopped by Sogaard, but Anthony Richard found the rebound and sent it home.

The power play struck again halfway through the second period when Charles Hudon fired a wrister from the left circle. Three minutes later, Riley Nash grabbed the puck after it got caught in traffic out front and backhanded a shot past Sogaard. Syracuse kept rolling and made it a three-goal middle frame at 16:51 with a shot by Gabe Fortier from between the circles.

The Crunch continued building their lead with another goal 10:11 into the third period. Gabriel Dumont threw a shot on net for Gemel Smith to tip in five-hole. Hudon then roofed a backhander from the slot at 15:55 for his second of the night.

The Crunch host the Laval Rocket 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 or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

Crunchables: Charles Hudon set a new career high with 29 goals. He also recorded his 250th career point…Max Lagace earned his second shutout in four games and has five consecutive wins…The Crunch have tied the league lead with nine consecutive home wins.

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