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CRUNCH DEFEAT AMERKS, 3-2, IN OVERTIME

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Rochester Americans, 3-2, in overtime tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

It’s the second consecutive night the Crunch have topped the Amerks in overtime. Syracuse is now 26-14-3-2 on the season and 5-0-1-1 in the 12-game season series against Rochester.

Crunch goaltender Hugo Alnefelt earned the win stopping 23-of-25 shots. Devon Levi turned aside 33-of-36 in net for the Amerks. The Syracuse power play was held scoreless on two opportunities, while the penalty kill went 3-for-4.

The Amerks opened scoring 1:28 into the game. Brett Murray forced a turnover and poked the puck out from along the boards for Lukas Rousek to grab and send in with a wrister from the left circle. They doubled their lead three minutes later with a power-play goal. Rousek carried the puck down the left side before throwing a last-minute cross-crease feed for Murray to redirect in. The Crunch responded at the 8:09 mark and stole one back when Lucas Edmonds battled down low to find a rebound and shove it across the goal line. Jack Thompson evened the score, 2-2, with 2:05 remaining in the opening frame. He got the puck at the top of the right circle, stick-handled down the zone, and beat Levi from a sharp angle.

The teams remained tied through the second and third periods and went to overtime for the second straight game where it took the Crunch just 18 seconds to net the game-winner. Cole Koepke’s cross-slot feed was broken up by an Amerks defender, but he grabbed the loose puck and fired it into a wide-open net.

The Crunch travel to face the Belleville Senators on Wednesday.

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: Cole Koepke netted his second game-winning goal of the season and second overtime game-winning goal of his career tonight. The first was on Jan. 19, 2022, against Rochester…The Crunch are 5-3 in overtime this season.

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