SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Three third-period goals lifted the Syracuse Crunch to a 6-3 victory over the Manitoba Moose Saturday. The loss snapped Manitoba's nine-game winning streak.
Nikita Filatov chipped in with two goals and an assist for the Crunch (8-3-0-0), giving him five goals on the season.
Michael Grabner registered the first goal of the night on the game's first shot. He snuck down the left side of the ice and tipped the puck past Syracuse's Dan Lacosta, giving the Moose (9-3-0-0) a one-goal lead.
The Crunch got back in the game after Moose goalie Karl Goehring blocked four shots, but with seconds left on the power play Craig MacDonald slapped the puck into the net to tie the game at 1.
Goehring was starting in place of Manitoba goalie Cory Schneider. He finished the game with 29 saves on 35 shots, while Lacosta turned away 23 of the 26 shots he faced.
The Crunch kept their momentum coming into the second period, beating Goehring five seconds after the faceoff with a goal courtesy of Filatov's first goal. But the Crunch's lead would only last two minutes as captain Mike Keane netted his third of the season to close the gap at 2.
Back-and-forth play through the early minutes of the third paid off for the Moose. Experienced line-mates Jason Krog and Darryl Bootland combined to take the lead, as Bootland tipped in Krog's cross-crease pass to put the Moose up 3-2.
Syracuse's Aaron Rome was quick to knot the game, however, as he slipped the puck past Goehring less than a minute later.
Filatov earned his second of the night, breaking through Manitoba's defence for a one-on-one with Goehring.
Down two goals, the Moose opted to pull Goehring in the final minutes before Syracuse capped the night with an empty-net goal.