Balanced Syracuse Crunch tame the Bulldogs

Syracuse, NY- Five Crunch players had multiple points tonight as the Crunch defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1 at the War Memorial Arena.

Ondrej Palat, Brett Connolly and Alex Killorn each recorded a goal and an assist to lift the Crunch to 14-5-1-1 on the season and 4-3-1-0 at home. The Crunch are first place in the Eastern Conference and in the East Division.

Palat gave the Crunch a 1-0 lead just 26 seconds into the opening frame when he tipped a shot from Mark Barberio past Bulldogs netminder Cedrick Desjardin.

Brett Connolly scored a five-on-three power-play goal 7:08 into the first period to double the Crunch lead. Connolly followed up a Killorn deflection and knocked the rebound past Desjardin.

The Syracuse power play struck again to extend the Crunch lead to 3-0 with a goal from defenseman Matt Taormina. Taormina scored his third goal of the season with a low shot from the slot with 6:18 to play in the period.

The Bulldogs' lone goal was scored by Aaron Palushaj with 17 seconds remaining in the first period. Crunch goaltender Riku Helenius finished the night with 19 saves on 20 shots.

The Crunch outshot the Bulldogs 14-6 in a scoreless middle stanza.

Alex Killorn made it 4-1 after taking a feed from Palat and shooting from the circle past Desjardins on the far side at the 6:28 mark of the third period. Palat and Barberio both picked up their second point of the night when credited with the assists.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie rounded out the scoring with his fourth of the season 11:08 into the final frame for a final score of 5-1. The Crunch travel to Adirondack on Saturday and complete a three-in-three in Bridgeport on Sunday.

Crunchables: Prior to tonight the Crunch power play had been held scoreless in their previous two contestsâ?¦The last time the Crunch scored more than one power-play goal in a game was Nov. 25 vs. Worcesterâ?¦Ten Crunch players recorded at least a point in tonight's contestâ?¦