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Game 35 Preview: Crunch at Penguins

Game 35 Preview: Crunch at Penguins


CRUNCH HIT ROAD AGAINST PENGUINS 
 
The Crunch make their third trek to Pennsylvania in the last three weeks as they take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
 
It’s the first match of the four-game season series; they play once in January, February, March and April.
 
The Crunch won three of the four head-to-head last year (3-0-1-0) and two of their wins were by 1-0 scores.
 
LAST TIME OUT
 
The Crunch shot past the Utica Comets, 5-1, on Monday afternoon at Upstate Medical University Arena.
 
Gage Goncalves opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal 3:18 into the first period to put the Crunch up 1-0. Gabe Fortier doubled the lead by cashing in after Daniel Walcott sprung him on a breakaway from the hashes in. The Comets grabbed one back when Nolan Stevens scored from the left circle to make it a 2-1 game before the second period.
 
Gabriel Dumont ripped home a power-play goal at 13:54 of the second period to put the Crunch ahead 3-1. Goncalves and Fortier both completed two-goals games late in the third period to send the Crunch to their 5-1 win. 
 
SCOUTING THE CRUNCH
 
The Crunch have earned three straight wins for their third streak this season of at least three straight victories. They also have five-game and four-game winning streaks this year. The Crunch scored at least five goals in all three wins and they have outscored their opponents 17-6. They are 16-13-2-3 this season and remain in fourth place in the North Division with 37 points.
 
Syracuse is the highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference with an average of 3.76 goals per game. The Crunch are powered by two top-five scorers in the league in Darren Raddysh (10g, 31a) and Alex Barré-Boulet (9g, 32a), who both have 41 points. 
 
Hugo Alnefelt returned from injury and secured back-to-back wins in the Crunch crease to extend his personal win streak to five games. He stopped 58 of 61 shots (.951 save percentage) over the two games and he has played to a 1.80 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage during his five-game win streak. He is 9-4-1/2.47/.917 this season.
 
QUICKER STARTS
 
Crunch players and coaches have recently been talking about a need for faster starts to games. That has recently come to fruition, with the Crunch scoring opening goals in the first five minutes of their last two…

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