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CRUNCH SURPASS AMERKS, 2-1, IN DOUBLE OVERTIME

Credit: Scott Kinville

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch surpassed the Rochester Americans, 2-1, in double overtime tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five North Division Semifinals series.

Waltteri Merelä potted the game-winner on a breakaway halfway through the second overtime period to lift the Crunch to victory.

Brandon Halverson stopped 33-of-34 shots in net for the Crunch. Amerks goaltender Devon Levi turned aside 60-of-62. Syracuse was held scoreless on six power play opportunities, while the penalty kill went a perfect 2-for-2.

After a scoreless opening frame, the Crunch were first on the board 11 minutes into the second period. Declan Carlile got the puck at the top of the right circle and sent a cross-zone feed for Alex Barré-Boulet to redirect in on the back door as he cut down the left wing. The Amerks tied the game late in the period when Isak Rosén was awarded a penalty shot.

The teams remained tied through the end of regulation and went to overtime for the second consecutive game. The game then went into a second overtime period where Merelä beat Levi one-on-one at the 10:18 mark.

The Crunch and Amerks will play Game 4 in Syracuse on Saturday.

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: Gabriel Szturc made his AHL debut tonight…Tonight was the fourth double overtime period in franchise history and the first on home ice…The Crunch are 2-2 in games decided in double overtime.

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