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CRUNCH FALL TO COMETS, 3-1

Credit: Syracuse Crunch

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Utica Comets, 3-1, tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center.

The Comets rallied with three third-period goals to snap the Crunch’s five-game winning streak and move the Crunch to 23-13-2-2 on the season. Syracuse is now 5-5-0-0 in the 14-game season series against Utica.

Crunch goaltender Matt Tomkins stopped 26-of-28 shots. Akira Schmid earned the win turning aside 22-of-23 in net for the Comets. The Syracuse power play was held scoreless on their two opportunities, while the penalty kill went a perfect 3-for-3.

Syracuse opened scoring with the only goal in the first period. Joe Carroll skated the puck down the left wing and beat Schmid with a wrister for his 10th goal of the season. 

The Comets scored three in the third period to steal the lead and the win. Just 28 seconds in, Erik Middendorf got the puck along the goal line, skated toward the net, and backhanded the puck in top shelf. Graeme Clarke then capitalized on a turnover and scored on a short breakaway. Ryan Schmelzer rounded out scoring with an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

The Crunch travel to face the Rochester Americans 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: The Crunch played their 2,250th game as the AHL celebrates 50,000 games this weekend…Joe Carroll is the third Crunch player to reach 10 goals this season.

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