Crunch rally past Senators 4-3

Syracuse Crunch logoSYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Crunch rallied past the Binghamton Senators, 4-3, today at the War Memorial Arena.

The victory advances the Crunch to 23-26-4-5 on the season and 2-5-2-0 in the season series with the Senators.

Crunch goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 33 of 36 shots in victory, while Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond stopped 24 of 28. The Crunch were able to convert on two of four power-play opportunities. The Syracuse penalty kill unit allowed two goals on six Binghamton man-advantages.

The Senators scored twice on the power play in the first period, taking the Crunch into the first intermission trailing 2-0. Shane Prince put the Senators on the board with an unassisted goal at the 3:15 mark. Prince beat Gudlevskis on the glove side from the slot. Matt Puempel extended the Senators lead with 5:25 remaining in the period. Puempel scored with a slap-shot from the top of the right circle off a feed from Stephane Da Costa.

Cedric Paquette cut the Senators lead to one early in the second, but Da Costa responded four minutes later, giving Binghamton a 3-1 lead after two periods. Vlad Namestnikov skated the puck down the ice and left a drop pass for Paquette to score a power-play goal 8:18 into the middle frame. Gudlevskis was credited with the secondary assist. Da Costa responded with a power-play goal at the 12:40 mark. Gudlevskis made the initial save on a Puempel shot from the left circle, but Da Costa picked up the rebound and found the back of the net. Mark Stone earned a point on the play.

The Crunch scored three times in the third period to defeat the Senators, 4-3. Artem Sergeev took a shot from the right circle that was stopped by Hammond. The puck dropped in front of the net, where Philippe Paradis was able to score on the rebound at the 7:42 mark. Mike Angelidis earned a point for the secondary assist. Five minutes later, Brett Connolly took a pass from P.C. Labrie and skated in front of the net to score from the right side of the crease. Mike Angelidis picked up his second point of the game with an assist. Namestnikov netted the game-winning goal with 2:42 left in the period. Jonathan Marchessault fed Namestnikov from behind the net, who one-timed the puck from the slot. Connolly was credited with the secondary assist.

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