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CRUNCH DOWNED BY SENATORS, 3-2, IN SHOOTOUT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch were downed by the Belleville Senators, 3-2, in a shootout tonight at CAA Arena.

Despite the loss, the Crunch continue to build a four-game points streak as they move to 5-2-0-2 on the season.

Crunch goaltender Hugo Alnefelt turned aside 24-of-26 shots and 2-of-3 shootout attempts. Mads Sogaard earned the win stopping 31-of-33 and all three shootout attempts in net for the Senators. Syracuse was held scoreless on five power play opportunities, while Belleville went 1-for-6.

Syracuse was first on the board at 12:25 into the game. Jack Finley carried the puck down the right side and dropped a pass back for Max Groshev to score from the bottom of the right circle. Three minutes later, Belleville evened the score during a 5-on-3 advantage. After some quick passing, Angus Crookshank sent a feed out from along the goal line for Maxence Guenette to fire in with a one-timer.

The Senators stole the lead off a shorthanded breakaway by Zack Ostapchuk late in the middle frame.

The Crunch tied the game with a shorthanded goal of their own at the 12:48 mark of the third period to eventually send the game into overtime. Groshev forced a turnover behind the net and centered a feed for Emil Lilleberg to score his first AHL goal from the slot.

After a scoreless overtime period, the game went to a shootout where Josh Currie won it for Belleville in the third round.

The Crunch returns home to host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday.

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: This is the first Crunch game this season that has seen a lead change…The Crunch have scored a shorthanded goal in three consecutive games…The Crunch are 0-2 in shootouts this season.

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