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CRUNCH FALL TO ROCKET, 4-1

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Laval Rocket, 4-1, this afternoon at Place Bell.

The Crunch dropped their final two contests of the 2023 calendar year and are at 16-11-2-2 on the season. The team is now 2-3-0-0 in the eight-game season series against the Rocket.

Crunch goaltender Matt Tomkins stopped 27-of-31 shots. Jakub Dobes turned aside 25-of-26 in net for the Rocket. The Syracuse power play was held scoreless on six opportunities, while Laval went 2-for-6 on the man-advantage.

The Rocket opened scoring with a power-play goal 5:12 into the game. Tomkins made the save on Emil Heineman’s one-timer from the right circle, but Sean Farrell was able to chip in the rebound. They doubled their lead with a shorthanded goal two minutes later. Jan Mysák tipped in William Trudeau’s shot as he screened Tomkins down low.

Laval added another power-play goal just 1:37 into the second period when Arber Xhekaj sent in a wrister from the high slot. Joshua Roy then made it 4-0 with 55 seconds remaining in the frame after grabbing his own rebound and jamming it across the goal line.

Shawn Element stole one back for the Crunch with a shot from between the circles late in the game, but the team was unable to rally back.

The Crunch are back in action on Jan. 6 when they travel to face the Toronto Marlies.

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: Shawn Element has three goals in his last three games.

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