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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Hugo Alnefelt and the Syracuse Crunch shut out the Utica Comets, 2-0, tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center.

The Crunch snapped a three-game skid and advanced to 14-8-0-2 on the season. Syracuse is 3-4-0-0 in the 14-game season series against Utica.

Alnefelt stopped all 18 shots he faced to earn the win, while Isaac Poulter turned aside 20-of-22. The Syracuse power play was held scoreless on four opportunities, but the penalty kill went a perfect 3-for-3.

After a scoreless first period, the Crunch got on the board with just 1:06 remaining in the middle stanza. Cole Koepke skated the puck around the back of the net and centered it for Tristan Allard to score with a quick stick.

Shawn Element doubled the lead 7:14 into the third period when he stick-handled towards the net and backhanded a shot past Poulter. Syracuse held off Utica for the rest of the game to secure a shutout victory.

The Crunch travel to face the Providence Bruins tomorrow.

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: Shawn Element has goals in back-to-back games…Hugo Alnefelt recorded his second shutout of the season tonight.


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