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Lightning Round: Crunch drop game to Utica, 5-2

Two Crunch hockey players stand in front of their net in their Hockey is for Everyone jerseys which are black with a rainbow stripe cutting through the middle behind the Crunch logo. The goaltender lunges for a puck.
Syracuse Crunch goalie Hugo Alnefelt (60) makes a glove save against the Belleville Senators in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the Upstate Medical University Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Belleville won 4-2. Photo by Scott Thomas (sthomasphotos.com)

After a victory on Friday night against the Utica Comets, the Syracuse Crunch’s in-state rival got their revenge as they scored three times in the third period to upend the home team, 5-2. Chase Stillman had a hat trick that included the eventual game-wining goal early in the third period. For the Crunch, Daniel Walcott and Gabriel Fortier had the goals while Matt Tomkins stopped 34 of 38 shots.

In his first game since being re-assigned, Alex Barré-Boulet had an assist on Fortier’s power play goal. For Syracuse, it was their second loss in a row as they had lost to Belleville (of course) 4-2 on Saturday night. Sean Day and Lucas Edmonds had the goals in that game. Hugo Alnefelt took the loss with 20 saves on 23 shots.

Syracuse will be back on the ice on Wednesday when they head to Rochester to take on the Americans.

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