SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE CRUNCH) –
The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Laval Rocket, 2-1, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.
Gemel Smith and Lucas Edmonds provided the goals for the Crunch to help the team advance to 13-9-2-2 on the season.
Goaltender Jack LaFontaine earned his first win in his first start with the Crunch this season turning aside 31-of-32 shots. Kevin Poulin stopped 26-of-28 in net for the Rocket.
Syracuse was 0-for-4 on the power play, but went a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
The Crunch jumped out to a quick two-goal lead early in the first period. Smith opened the scoring at 4:39 when he swept the puck into an open net while Poulin was pulled out of position. Just 1:11 later, Edmonds doubled the lead with another backdoor goal off a feed from Cole Koepke.
Rafaël Harvey-Pinard stole one back for the Rocket with just 43 seconds remaining in the game, but the Crunch staved off a comeback and earned their fourth consecutive win.
The Crunch travel to face the Rochester Americans on Friday.