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Fritsche's Goal Not Enough; Moose Cut Crunch Series Lead To One

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

Winnipeg, MB (April 24, 2006) – Moose goaltender Wade Flaherty turned aside 21 Crunch shots en route to a 2-1 Game Three victory over Syracuse at the MTS Centre in front of 6,612 fans. The Crunch now lead the series 2-1.

Game Three was played just as Game One and Game Two had been played, with goaltending being the key.

It took 16:56 into the first period for a goal to be scored and it was Manitoba who found the net on a five-on-three power play opportunity. Center Josh Green put a pass across the crease to left wing Jason Jaffray (1) who bounced the puck just off the inside of Crunch goaltender Pascal Leclaire’s leg pad and across the goal line.

For the first time in the series, a team scored more than once during regulation. Green tallied his first goal of the playoffs putting the puck just over Leclaire’s shoulder at the 14:42 mark of the second period, giving the Moose a two-goal lead, the largest margin of the series.

Syracuse’s lone goal came with 1.2 seconds remaining in the game when center Dan Fritsche (1) put a one-timer past Flaherty to deny Manitoba the shutout.

Flaherty recorded his first victory of the postseason. Leclaire saw his record fall to 2-1 in the loss, recording 38 saves.

The Crunch play Manitoba in Game Four of the Calder Cup playoffs on Wednesday, April 26. Crunch action can be heard on 570 WSYR with play-by-play announcer Bob McElligott or through B2 Networks on the Crunch’s official website at www.syracusecrunch.com

CRUNCHABLES: Right wing Brandon Sugden return to the Crunch’s line-up for the first time in the playoffs after missing 13 games with an injury.

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