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CRUNCH TOP MARLIES, 3-1

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch swept the weekend series against the Toronto Marlies with a 3-1 victory tonight at the Coca-Cola Coliseum.

Mitchell Chaffee led the Crunch with two goals as the team built a four-game winning streak and moved to 12-5-0-2 on the season.

Goaltender Hugo Alnefelt recorded the win stopping 35-of-36 shots in net for the Crunch. Keith Petruzzelli turned aside 22-of-25 between the pipes for the Marlies. The Syracuse power play converted on 1-of-3 opportunities, while the penalty kill went a perfect 4-for-4.

The Crunch opened scoring with a power-play goal 16:17 into the game when Gage Goncalves centered the puck for Joe Carroll to fire in from between the circles. Two minutes later, Chaffee doubled the lead with a wrister from the bottom of the right circle.

After a scoreless second period, the Marlies stole one back early in the final frame. Zach Solow skated the puck down the left side and dropped it in the circle for Logan Shaw to send in. Syracuse quickly regained their two-goal lead with a shorthanded goal. Max Groshev forced a turnover and came in on an odd-man rush. At the last minute, he fed Chaffee for his second of the game. The Crunch continued to fend off the Marlies to sweep the home-and-home series.

The Crunch are back in action when they host the Hershey Bears on Friday.

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: Gage Goncalves has six points (2g, 4a) in his last three games…Mitchell Chaffee is on a three-game goal-scoring streak.

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