SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch rallied back from a three-goal deficit to tie the game, but the Rochester Americans ultimately tallied the game-winner in a 4-3 victory tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.
The Crunch are now on a four-game winless streak and move to 13-12-2-3 on the season and 2-4-0-0 in the 12-game season series against the Amerks.
Crunch goaltender Max Lagace turned aside 13-of-16 shots before being relieved by Jack LaFontaine to start the second period. LaFontaine went on to stop 12-of-13. Malcolm Subban stopped 41-of-44 between the pipes for the Amerks.
Syracuse converted on 1-of-5 power play opportunities, while Rochester went 1-for-6.
The Amerks were first on the board with a goal 8:02 into the game. Lawrence Pilut’s left point shot went off Mason Jobst’s stick and set up Ethan Prow on the backdoor. They doubled their lead at the 10:38 mark when Brett Murray netted a wrister from the slot while on the man-advantage. Rochester proceeded to make it a three-goal lead with 3:06 remaining in the opening frame. Lukas Rousek dropped a pass back for Prow to score his second of the night.
The Crunch finally solved Subban 7:19 into the second period with a power-play goal. Simon Ryfors shoveled a backhander towards the net that Shawn Element tipped past the goaltender.
Syracuse came back within one just 18 seconds into the third period. Darren Raddysh ripped a shot from the blue line that was redirected by Daniel Walcott then tipped in by Jack Finley. Gemel Smith tied the game at the 11:05 mark when he snuck the puck between Subban and the goal post.
Rochester quickly responded to regain the lead at 13:40 off a wrist shot from Jeremy Davies and held on for the win.
The Crunch travel to Hershey to complete the weekend’s three-in-three tomorrow.
Single game tickets and ticket packages for the 2022-23 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: Shawn Element has goals in back-to-back games.