Crunch fall 5-3 to Cleveland in North Division Semifinals Game 1

Syracuse Crunch

(SYRACUSE CRUNCH) — The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Cleveland Monsters, 5-3, in Game 1 of the North Division Semifinals series tonight at the War Memorial Arena.

Carter Verhaeghe paced the Crunch with a goal and two assists, while Cory Conacher tallied a goal and a helper in the Game 1 loss.

Goaltender Eddie Pasquale turned aside 23-of-27 shots in net for the Crunch. Brad Thiessen earned the win with 16 saves in net for the Monsters. Syracuse went 2-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.

After a scoreless first period, the Monsters were first on the board halfway through the middle frame. Sonny Milano skated the puck into the zone and dropped it for Mark Letestu to fire home from the top of the right circle. Dan DeSalvo tallied the secondary helper. Less than two minutes later, Ryan MacInnis beat Pasquale on a breakaway.

The Crunch finally solved Thiessen on the power play with 2:05 remaining in the second period. Verhaeghe threw a cross-slot feed for Alex Volkov to one-time from the right faceoff dot. Cameron Gaunce also earned a point on the goal.

Syracuse evened the score with another power-play goal 10:49 into the third period. Gaunce dished a feed for Conacher to one-time from the right circle. Verhaeghe made it a multi-point night with the secondary assist.

The Monsters went back up by two with back-to-back goals 53 seconds apart starting at the 13:09 mark. Kevin Stenlund redirected a backdoor feed from Kole Sherwood on the man-advantage. Garret Cockerill recorded an assist on the play. Zac Dalpe then found a loose puck in the slot to make it 4-2 with the help of MacInnis and Sam Vigneault.

The Crunch pulled back within one with 1:52 remaining in the game when Verhaeghe netted a wrister from the left circle off assists from Alex Barre-Boulet and Conacher.

Cleveland stifled a comeback with Dillon Simpson’s empty-netter in the final minute.

North Division Semifinals – Series “C” (best-of-5)
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 19 – Cleveland 5, SYRACUSE 3
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 20 – Cleveland at Syracuse, 7:00
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 23 – Syracuse at Cleveland, 7:30
*Game 4 – Thu., Apr. 25 – Syracuse at Cleveland, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 27 – Cleveland at Syracuse, 7:00
*If necessary

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2019-2020 Syracuse Crunch Home Games:

  • Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m. vs. Charlotte Checkers
  • Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Sunday, October 27 at 5 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m. vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland Monsters
  • Saturday, November 23 at 7 p.m. vs. Hartford Wolf Pack
  • Friday, November 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Charlotte Checkers
  • Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Friday, December 20 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Saturday, December 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, December 27 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Friday, January 3 at 7 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Friday, January 10 at 7 p.m. vs. Laval Rocket
  • Saturday, January 11 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. vs. Springfield Thunderbirds
  • Monday, January 20 at 1 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Saturday, January 25 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Saturday, February 1 at 7 p.m. vs. Providence Bruins
  • Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland Monsters
  • Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m. vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
  • Saturday, February 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Belleville Senators
  • Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. vs. Binghamton Devils
  • Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets
  • Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. vs. Hershey Bears
  • Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Rochester Americans
  • Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. vs. Toronto Marlies
  • Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. vs. Utica Comets

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