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HUGO ALNEFELT, CRUNCH BLANK MONSTERS, 5-0

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Hugo Alnefelt and the Syracuse Crunch blanked the Cleveland Monsters, 5-0, tonight at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Alnefelt stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his fourth career shutout. Jet Greaves turned aside 13-of-17 shots in net for the Monsters before being relieved by Pavel Cajan in the second period. Cajan went on to stop 15-of-16.

Crunch special teams once again had an excellent night. The power play went 2-for-5, while the penalty kill was a perfect 7-for-7.

The Crunch opened scoring with a power-play goal just 1:36 into the game. Gabriel Dumont sped down the right wing and tucked the puck behind Greaves. When the goaltender stuck his glove out to make the save, the puck banked off it and across the goal line. Three minutes later, Felix Robert doubled the lead with a wrister from the top of the right circle.

Syracuse continued the one-sided scoring with two more in the middle frame. At 8:21, Daniel Walcott grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone and lit the lamp on a shorthanded breakaway. Then halfway through the frame, Cole Koepke came in on a 2-on-1 with Dumont and chased Greaves from the game with a shot from the left face-off dot.

Max Groshev scored his first AHL goal on the man-advantage to build up a 5-0 lead for the Crunch early in the third period. The rookie forward skated the puck down the left side and beat Cajan from a sharp angle along the goal line.

The Crunch and Monsters play the second game of their weekend series tomorrow night.

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: Felix Robert has a goal in all three games of the season…Daniel Walcott has goals in back-to-back games…Max Groshev scored his first AHL goal tonight… Tristan Allard recorded his first pro point with an assist on Max Groshev’s goal…This is the first time the Crunch have started the season 3-0 since the 2008-09 season.

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