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Syracuse Crunch at Cleveland Monsters preview

The Syracuse Crunch opens a two-game set at Cleveland against the Monsters on Friday night.

The Syracuse Crunch return to game action after six days on Friday night when they face North Division rival the Cleveland Monsters at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. It will be the first of four meetings between the teams this season. The Crunch and Monsters square off against each other again on Saturday night.

The Crunch are off to an undefeated start this season, winning both games they have played thus far. They opened the season by defeating the Utica Comets on the road and then beat the Bridgeport Islanders at home.

Syracuse will have a new second goaltender for the series against Cleveland and beyond. Pytor Kochetkov was recalled back to the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday after a two-game loan. The Crunch, in turn, recalled Evan Fitzpatrick from the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

Friday night’s game will be the home opener for the Monsters. They started the season by splitting two games on the road – winning in Lehigh Valley and losing at Hershey by identical 5-2 scores.

Syracuse Crunch defeat Bridgeport in home opener

Trey Fix-Wolansky led Cleveland in scoring by a wide margin last season and he is back with the Monsters this season. Fix-Wolansky has picked right up where he left off last season, as in two games played so far he has two goals and three assists.

Points in October count just as much as points in April, and both teams would love to pick up four points this weekend. Here’s the tale of the tape between the Syracuse Crunch and Cleveland Monsters.

Team Records

Syracuse

  • Overall Record: 2-0-0-0, 4 Points
  • Away Record: 1-0-0-0
  • Place in the Standings: 2nd Place in the North Division
  • Goal Differential: +3
  • Head Coach: Joel Bouchard

Cleveland

  • Overall Record: 1-1-0-0, 2 Points
  • Home Record: 0-0-0-0
  • Place in the Standings: 5th Place in the North Division
  • Goal Differential: 0
  • Head Coach: Trent Vogelhuber

Team Offense

Syracuse

  • Goals For: 8
  • Goals Per Game: 4
  • Shots: 61
  • Shots Per Game: 30.5
  • Power Play: 33.3% (3 for 9)

Cleveland

  • Goals For: 7
  • Goals Per Game: 3.5
  • Shots: 53
  • Shots Per Game: 26.5
  • Power Play: 0% (0 for 4)

Top Five Scorers + Individual Leaders

Syracuse

  • 1.) Felix Robert: 2G + 1A = 3Pts
  • 2.) Lucas Edmonds: 2G + 0A = 2Pts
  • 3.) Ilya Usau: 1G + 1A = 2Pts
  • 4.) Mitchell Chaffee: 0G + 2A = 2Pts
  • 5.) Gage Goncalves + Jack Thompson 0G + 2A = 2Pts each
  • Shots Leader: Mitchell Chaffee with 7
  • Power Play Goals Leaders: Ilya Usau, Lucas Edmonds, and Felix Robert with 1 each
  • Shorthanded Goals Leader: None
  • Game Winning Goals Leader: Felix Robert + Daniel Walcott with 1 each
  • +/- Leader: Four at +1 each
  • PIM Leader: Emil Lilleberg + Daniel Walcott with 4 PIM each

Cleveland

  • 1.) Trey Fix-Wolansky: 2G + 3A = 5Pts
  • 2.) Brendan Gaunce: 1G + 2A = 3Pts
  • 3.) Carson Meyer: 2G + 0A = 2Pts
  • 4.) Jake Christiansen: 0G + 2A = 2Pts
  • 5.) Five tied at 1 point each
  • Shots Leader: Josh Dunne with 7
  • Power Play goals Leader: None
  • Shorthanded Goals Leader: None
  • Game Winning Goals Leader: Tyler Angle with 1
  • +/- Leader: Brendan Gaunce at +3
  • PIM Leader: Billy Sweezey with 5

Team Defense

Syracuse

  • Goals Against: 5
  • Goals Against Per Game: 2.5
  • Shots Allowed: 57
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 28.5
  • Penalty Kill: 100% (8 for 8)
  • Shorthanded Goals Scored (team): 0

Cleveland

  • Goals Against: 7
  • Goals Against Per Game: 3.5
  • Shots Allowed: 58
  • Shots Allowed Per Game: 29.0
  • Penalty Kill 66.67% (6 for 9)
  • Shorthanded Goals Scored (team): 0

Goaltenders

Syracuse

Hugo Alnefelt

  • Record: 1-0-0
  • GAA: 2.00
  • Save Percentage: 0.913
  • Shutouts: 0

Evan Fitzpatrick: no record

Cleveland

Jet Greaves

  • Record: 1-0-0
  • GAA: 2.00
  • Save Percentage: 0.935
  • Shutouts: 0

Pavel Cajan

  • Record: 0-1-0
  • GAA: 5.00
  • Save Percentage: 0.815
  • Shutouts: 0

Both the Friday and Saturday night games start at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Television coverage will be on AHLTV and the radio broadcast will be on ESPN Radio Syracuse. For more information about the Syracuse Crunch, visit https://syracusecrunch.com.

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