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CRUNCH FALL TO MONSTERS, 4-1, IN GAME 2

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Cleveland Monsters, 4-1, in Game 2 this afternoon at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Cleveland has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five North Division Finals series.

Crunch goaltender Brandon Halverson turned aside 24-of-27 shots. Jet Greaves earned the win stopping 17-of-18 in net for the Monsters. Syracuse converted on 1-of-4 power play opportunities, while Cleveland went 1-for-3.

The Crunch were first on the board with a power-play goal 8:07 into the game. Sean Day fed Devante Stephens for a one-timer from the right face-off dot. Three minutes later, the Monsters evened the score when Billy Sweezey sent in a shot from the bottom of the right circle. Cleveland then stole the lead off a turnover at the 15:18 mark. After Halverson misplayed the puck behind the net, Hunter McKown grabbed it and scored.

Cleveland added a power-play goal 4:37 into the final frame to build a two-goal lead. David Jiricek set up Jakub Zboril for a one-timer from the right circle. Alex Whelan added an empty-netter late in the game to lock in the Monsters win.

The Crunch and Monsters will travel to Syracuse for Game 3 on Wednesday.

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: Devante Stephens recorded his first career power-play goal and first career playoff goal today.

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