Crunch on the brink of elimination after game two loss to Cleveland in Calder Cup Playoffs

Syracuse Crunch

(SYRACUSE CRUNCH) – The Syracuse Crunch face a 2-0 North Division Semifinals series deficit after a 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Monsters tonight at the War Memorial Arena. 

Goaltender Eddie Pasquale stopped 27-of-30 shots in net for the Crunch, while Brad Thiessen recorded the win with 18 saves. Syracuse went 1-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

After a scoreless first period, the Monsters capitalized on a turnover 18 seconds into the middle frame when Justin Scott potted a loose puck from the slot. The assist went to Ryan MacInnis.

The Crunch knotted the score with a power-play goal at the 12:36 mark. Quick passing from Carter Verhaeghe and Cory Conacher moved the puck down into the zone for Ross Colton to chip in as he cut across the slot.

Cleveland regained their lead with 2:45 remaining in the second period. Pasquale made the save on Sonny Milano’s shot, but Dan DeSalvo was in front of the net to net the rebound five-hole. Gabriel Carlsson earned the secondary helper.

The Monsters made it a two-goal lead halfway through the third period. Milano knocked down a clearing attempt and centered the puck for Mark Letestu to finish off.

Cleveland added two empty-netters from Milano and Derek Barach late in the frame to secure a Game 2 victory.

The North Division Semifinals series heads to Cleveland for Game 3 on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Crunchables: Carter Verhaeghe has four points (1g, 3a) in two postseason games.
 

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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
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