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Crunch Enter Holiday Break with Top Record in Eastern Conference

by Trevor von Knotsenburg / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Syracuse Crunch lost both games this past week, although gained a point on Friday night in their 4-3 shootout loss against the Adirondack Phantoms at home. They go into the break with an overall record of 17-7-1-3 and only one point behind the top spot in the American Hockey League.

After allowing three first period goals against the Phantoms on Friday night, the Crunch fought back with three straight goals of their own. Richard Panik cut into Adirondack’s 3-0 lead in the second period with his 13th tally of the season while on a power play.

Alex Killorn followed up the goal 10 minutes later with his ninth goal of the campaign, extending his goal scoring streak five games.

The Crunch entered the third period trailing 3-2 and knotted the game when Tyler Johnson found the back of the net on a power play mid-way through the final period. Killorn picked up an assist on the goal, giving him a two-point night. Johnson’s goal was his 17th of the season.

After a scoreless overtime, the Phantoms won in the seventh round of the shootout.

Dustin Tokarski suffered the loss, turning aside 20 saves on 23 shots.

Dustin Tokarski
Dustin Tokarski
Twitter @Dustintokarski
RECORD: 10-5-3
GAA: 2.40 | SVP: 0.904

The following night against the W-B/Scranton Penguins, the Crunch fell 3-2 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. The bright spot in the loss was Killorn extending his goal scoring streak to an AHL-high, six games and now has 10 tallies on the season.

After allowing the game’s first goal to the Penguins, Killorn tied it at 1-1 mid-way through the first period.

Former Lightning prospect Trevor Smith scored the eventual game-winner in the second period.

Tyler Johnson netted his 18th goal of the season and third in three games to cut the deficit in the second period. It would be as close as the Crunch would get in the game despite two late power play opportunities in the game.

Tokarski made the start and finished with 24 saves on 27 shots. Although not winning this weekend, Tokarski holds a record of 10-5-3 with a 2.40 goals against average and 0.904 save percentage.

The Crunch have yet to lose in back-to-back games in regulation time this season and look to find their winning ways when they travel to Binghamton to play the Senators on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.

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