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Syracuse Crunch extends successful streak to 4 with victory over Rochester – WSYR

Posted: Apr 24, 2021 / 11:25 PM EDT
Updated: April 25, 2021 / 12:20 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE CRUNCH) –

The Syracuse Crunch beat the Rochester Americans 5-3 tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The win brings the crunch to 14-8-1-0 in the season and 6-3-1-0 in the 12-game season with the Americans.

Crunch goalkeeper Sam Montembeault eliminated 19 of 22 shots in victory. Billy Christopoulos stopped 5-2 in the net for the Americans before he was replaced by Stefanos Lekkas late in the first half. Lekkas went on to stop 23 of 24. Syracuse went 2-1 in the power game, closing Rochester's lone man advantage.

The Crunch scored a goal just 13 seconds into the game when Henry Bowlby diverted Peter Abbandonato's centering pass from the right boards. At 4:10 am, Ben Thomas fired a shot from the blue line so Gabe Fortier could divert it while he was cutting in front of the net. Syracuse continued to score and rose 3-0 at 2:49 pm when Ryan Lohin scored a wrister between the circles.

The Americans eventually got on the board at 2:21 in the first period. Remi Elie raced down the right wing, cut before the crease, and tucked the puck behind an outstretched Montembeault. Two minutes later, Rochester came back within one when Dominic Franco shot a long shot to the right.

Rochester joined the game at 1:39 pm in Michael Mersch's second half in the High Slot. Syracuse responded and regained the lead five minutes later in the power play. Boris Katchouk prepared Taylor Raddysh for a shot from the top of the right circle.

Syracuse held Rochester back in the third half and Katchouk hit the empty net in the last minute to secure victory.

The Crunch is hosting the Utica Comets tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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