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CRUNCH DEFEAT AMERKS, 2-1

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Rochester Americans, 2-1, tonight at Blue Cross Arena.

The win advances the Crunch to 24-13-2-2 on the season and 3-0-1-1 in the 12-game season series against the Amerks.

Crunch goaltender Hugo Alnefelt recorded his fifth straight win stopping 22-of-23 shots. Devon Levi turned aside 16-of-18 in net for the Amerks. The Syracuse power play was held scoreless on two opportunities, while the penalty kill went a perfect 4-for-4.

The Crunch opened scoring with a shorthanded goal 7:43 into the game. Cole Koepke carried the puck into the zone on a 2-on-1 rush. He then centered it for Waltteri Merelä who redirected the puck off the crossbar and the back of Levi before it crossed the goal line. The Amerks evened the score two minutes later when Mason Jobst was down low to tip in Joseph Cecconi’s right-point shot.

Syracuse regained the lead with just 14 seconds remaining in the middle frame. Felix Robert skated the puck through the neutral zone and passed over to Mitchell Chaffee along the left-wing boards. He cut across the zone and beat Levi with a wrister from the slot.

The Crunch held onto their lead through the third period to claim the victory. The team returns home to host the Belleville Senators for a weekend pair beginning on Friday night.

Single-game tickets and ticket packages for the 2023-24 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: Waltteri Merelä is on a six-game points streak (5g, 3a)…Mitchell Chaffee has goals in back-to-back games…The Crunch have scored seven shorthanded goals this season.

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