Crunch Surpass Comets, 4-3, In Overtime


SYRACUSE, N.Y. Charles Hudon scored the overtime game-winner to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Utica Comets, 4-3, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The Crunch collected three of a possible four points in the weekend’s home-and-home series against the Comets. Syracuse now sits at 12-11-3-1 on the season and 1-3-1-0 in the 14-game season series against the Comets.

Netminder Hugo Alnefelt earned the win with 14 saves between the pipes for the Crunch. Comets goaltender Nico Daws turned aside 34-of-38. Syracuse went 1-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

The Comets were first on the board 11:44 into the game. Ryan Schmelzer centered the puck for Joe Gambardella to jam into the net.

The Crunch evened the score at the 5:53 mark of the second period when Alex Barre-Boulet forced a turnover in the corner and fed Hudon for a wrister from the right circle while shorthanded.

Syracuse built up a two-goal lead halfway through the third period with back-to-back goals just 59 seconds apart. At the 9:58 mark, Otto Somppi passed the puck out from along the end boards for Gabe Fortier to roof it past Daws. Less than a minute later, Max Cajkovic sent home a rebound from between the circles.

Utica responded with two goals of their own to send the game into overtime. Nate Schnarr started the comeback at 12:02 when he one-timed a shot from the right circle. Nolan Foote potted the equalizer at 16:10 with a wrister from the right circle.

Hudon scored the game-winner 2:13 into the extra frame with a slap shot from the right faceoff dot while on the man-advantage.

The Crunch are back in action on Monday when they host the Belleville Senators at 1 p.m.

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 has goals in four consecutive games and is on a five-game points streak (5g, 1a). He scored his first career shorthanded goal tonight…Alex Barre-Boulet has seven power-play assists in 10 games. He has the primary assist on four of the team’s five total power-play goals this month.

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