Syracuse Crunch drops final game before All-Star break to Rochester

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (SYRACUSE CRUNCH) –

The Syracuse Crunch were downed by the Rochester Americans, 3-2, tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The loss snaps a four-game points streak and moves the team to 20-19-3-3 on the season and 1-2-2-0 in the 12-game season series against the Amerks.

Goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 36-of-39 shots in net for the Crunch, while Andrew Hammond recorded the win with 35 saves between the pipes for the Amerks. Syracuse converted on 1-of-4 power play opportunities and went a perfect 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

Rochester opened scoring with 1:38 remaining in the first period. After a tie up following a left circle faceoff, Eric Cornel found the puck and fired in a wrister. Sean Malone earned the assist.

The Amerks doubled their lead 1:01 into the second stanza. Andrew Oglevie threw a cross-zone pass from along the left-wing boards that ricocheted off a skate and in.

The Crunch responded and stole one back with 5:01 remaining in the second period. Cal Foote passed down to Alex Barre-Boulet positioned at the post. He quickly dished it over for Danick Martel to chip in backdoor.

The Amerks regained their two-goal lead shorthanded after capitalizing on a mishandled puck 8:39 into the third period. Jean-Sebastien Dea stole the puck from Martin when he went behind the net to play it and wrapped around to tuck it across the goal line.

Syracuse started a late comeback with 1:42 remaining in the game when Foote sent home a shot from the high slot while on the power play, but the team couldn’t find the equalizer and fell in regulation. Mathiue Joseph and Taylor Raddysh recorded points on the final goal.

The Crunch are back in action on Friday when they travel to Rochester to rematch the Amerks.

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