Crunch downed by Checkers 4-2

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The Charlotte Checkers special teams connected for two power-play goals on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch tonight at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

After giving up the first goal, the Crunch pulled within one two separate times off markers from Gabriel Dumont and Carter Verhaeghe, but the team never caught back up to the Checkers. The loss moves to the team to 41-18-4-2 on the season. Charlotte took the four-game season series 3-0-1-0.

Netminder Eddie Pasquale stopped 25-of-29 in net for the Crunch after relieving Martin Ouellette less than two minutes into the game. Ouellette turned aside 2-of-2. Alex Nedeljkovic recorded the win with 32 saves. Syracuse went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Charlotte converted on 2-of-3 man-advantages.

The Checkers opened scoring 7:29 into the middle stanza. Pasquale kicked aside Steven Lorentz’s shot from the left circle, but Nicolas Roy came out from beyond the goal line to collect the rebound and set up Roland McKeown in the right circle.

The Crunch evened the score at the 17:11 mark. Cal Foote grabbed a loose puck at the right point and sent it down low to Alex Barre-Boulet. The rookie quickly centered it for Dumont to chip in.

Charlotte regained the lead on the man-advantage with 1:09 remaining in the second period. Jake Bean fed Martin Necas for a one-timer from the left circle. Morgan Geekie tallied the secondary helper.

The same Checkers line connected for their second power-play goal of the game 4:31 into the final frame. Necas ripped another one-timer from the same left-circle spot with the help of Bean and Geekie.

Just 16 seconds later, the Crunch came back within one when Carter Verhaeghe circled the puck around the zone and potted it as he cut down the slot.

With 1:20 remaining in the game, Roy hit the empty net off an assist from Dennis Robertson to secure the Checkers victory.

The Crunch return home to host the Utica Comets on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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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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