Syracuse Crunch defeats Rochester, 4-3 in overtime


SYRACUSE, NY – The Syracuse Crunch edged the Rochester Americans, 4-3, in overtime tonight at Upstate Medical University Arena tonight.

The victory moves the Crunch to 25-21-6-2 this season and 7-3-1-0 in the 12-game season series against the Amerks.

Crunch goaltender Max Lagacé stopped 22 of 25 shots in the win. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen diverted 40 of 44 between the pipes for the Amerks. Syracuse went 1 of 4 on the power play and 2 of 3 on the penalty kill.

The Amerks opened the scoring with a power play goal at 11:09 of the start of the first period. Oskari Laaksonen landed a long right shot as Lagace was thrown. Linus Weissbach doubled the Amerks lead at 18:56 when he sent a one-timer between the circles.

The Crunch finally solved Luukkonen and rallied for three straight goals in the third period. Just 15 seconds into the frame, Ryan Jones fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle to bring the team within one. At 7:24, Gage Goncalves skated down the left wing and went to his backhand to insert the puck on a breakaway to tie the score. Syracuse took the lead at 10:28 when Cole Koepke came down from the top of the left circle.

At 11:07, Brett Murray dropped a back pass to JJ Peterka to score from the left face-off spot to force overtime.

Syracuse took the win 59 seconds into overtime when Alex Barre-Boulet centered the puck for Darren Raddysh to participate.

The Crunch are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Single game tickets and ticket packages for the 2021-22 season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the Upstate Medical University Arena at the Onondaga County War Memorial at 800 S State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444 or online through Ticketmaster. For the latest Crunch news, visit or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

Crunchables: Alex Green is on a five-game point streak (2g, 5a)…Otto Somppi is on a four-game point streak with at least four assists…The Crunch are 7-8 in overtime this season.


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