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CRUNCH BLANKED BY MONSTERS, 1-0, IN GAME 1

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch were blanked by Cleveland Monsters, 1-0, in Game 1 tonight at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Monsters take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. 

Crunch goaltender Brandon Halverson stopped 23-of-24 shots. Jet Greaves earned the shut out turning aside all 28 shots in net for the Monsters. Syracuse was held scoreless on four power play opportunities, while the penalty kill went 2-for-2.

After two scoreless periods, the Monsters broke the stalemate with a shorthanded goal 4:46 into the final frame. Justin Pearson grabbed the puck along the goal line, stick-handled around defenders and scored. Cleveland held onto their one-goal lead through the remainder of the game to take the first win.

The Crunch and Monsters will play Game 2 in Cleveland on Saturday.

Single game tickets and ticket packages for the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs 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: The Crunch was last shut out in the postseason on April 30, 2023 in Rochester.

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