Crunch crushes Adirondack in Syracuse

Syracuse, NY â?? The Syracuse Crunch powered past the Adirondack Phantoms 5-2 tonight at the War Memorial Arena.

Ten Crunch players made it onto the score sheet as the Crunch improved their overall record to 9-2-1-1 and home record to 3-2-1.

â??Fans have been coming out watching and we had not been putting on a good show for them,â?? said Head Coach Jon Cooper. â??It was great to see that we could string a couple (good games) together here for them. Theyâ??ve really jumped on board for us and they gave us a big lift.â??

After Pierre-Cedric Labrie gave the Crunch a 1-0 in the opening period, the Crunch offense exploded for four goals on 16 shots in the middle frame.

The Crunch doubled-up on their lead early in the second period when Cory Conacher scored his eighth goal of the season. Conacherâ??s power-play tally was scored while Phantoms defenseman Danny Syvret was serving two minutes for cross-checking. Conacherâ??s goal was assisted by Matt Taormina and Brett Connolly.

Ondrej Palat made it 3-0 Crunch when he dove after a loose puck, lifting it over Heeter at the 8:19 mark of the second period. JT Brown and Alex Killorn were credited with the helpers. Less than two minutes later Connolly made it 4-0 by ripping the rebound of a Brown shot past Heeter.

Richard Panik added another power-play goal at the 11:53 mark when he snatched the puck out of the air and knocked it past Heeter. Panikâ??s goal chased Heeter from the game; he was replaced by Scott Munroe. Munroe saved all 13 shots he faced in relief.

The Phantoms goals came on the power play from Brayden Schenn with 6:33 remaining in the second period and Erik Gustafsson at the 10:07 mark of the third period.

The Crunch will travel to Hershey for a rematch with the Bears tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.

Crunchables: With captain Mike Angelidis not playing JT Wyman wore an A in tonightâ??s contestâ?¦Mark Barberio has four points in two games (1g, 3a)â?¦Pierre-Cedric Labrie has three goals and three fights in the past two gamesâ?¦The Crunch have scored a power-play goal in their last three gamesâ?¦The Crunch penalty kill unit is 26 for their last 27â?¦In their most recent two games the Crunch have outscored their opponents 11-3.

Courtesy: Syracuse Crunch