Crunch fall to Thunderbirds 3-2 in final minutes

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The Springfield Thunderbirds netted the game-winning goal with 1:45 remaining in the game to edge out the Syracuse Crunch, 3-2, tonight at the War Memorial Arena.

Tye McGinn opened scoring for the Crunch, while newcomer Byron Froese recorded a goal and an assist in his first game with the team. The loss pushes Syracuse to 30-20-5-5 on the season. The Crunch and Thunderbirds split the two-game season series, 1-1.

Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 24-of-27 shots on net for the Crunch. Adam Wilcox earned the win with 29 saves. Syracuse went 1-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

The Thunderbirds kicked off scoring with 1:11 remaining in the first period. After Chase Balisy won the faceoff in the right circle, Dryden Hunt knocked the puck down to the goal line for Paul Thompson to squeeze in short side.

The Crunch evened the score 4:13 into the middle frame. Ben Thomas put a shot on net that was turned aside. Froese battled for the rebound and centered it for McGinn to chip in from the crease.

Just 45 seconds into the third period, Syracuse took over the lead on the power play. Froese netted a rocket from the left circle off a one-timer feed from Matt Taormina. Cory Conacher tallied the secondary helper.

Halfway through the third, the Thunderbirds knotted the score, 2-2. Jared McCann pushed the puck out from behind the net for Anthony Greco to shovel in from the left post.

With 1:45 remaining in the contest, Greco tallied his second of the game when he redirected Thompson’s cross-crease feed.

The Crunch host the St. John’s IceCaps tomorrow 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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