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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Belleville Senators, 3-1, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The loss snaps a five-game home winning streak and moves the Crunch to 24-14-2-2 on the season. Syracuse is 0-1-0-1 in the eight-game season series against Belleville.

Crunch goaltender Matt Tomkins stopped 16-of-18 shots. Mads Sogaard turned aside 26-of-27 in net for the Senators. The Syracuse power play was held scoreless on their lone man-advantage, while Belleville went 1-for-2.

After a scoreless first period, Belleville broke the stalemate with a power-play goal 6:38 into the middle frame. Jacob Larsson ripped a one-timer from the point that was stopped, but Angus Crookshank was down low to chip in the rebound. Less than a minute later, Lassi Thomson fired in a wrister from the right point to double the lead.

Matthew Highmore extended the Senator’s lead with an empty-net goal late in the third period before the Crunch finally responded. Sean Day threw a cross-zone pass to set up Max Groshev for a wrister from the top of the right circle to steal one back, but the Crunch were unable to rally back.

The Crunch and Senators face off again tomorrow for the last game before AHL All-Star Break.

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 or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

Crunchables: Sean Day has points in four straight home games (2g, 2a).


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