Syracuse, NY â?? Three first period goals carried the Crunch over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for their fourth consecutive victory tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Crunch collected six of six possible points during this weekendâ??s three-in-three.
The Crunch jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from Keith Aulie, Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson.
Aulie scored his first goal of the season at the 3:38 mark when he tipped a Ondrej Palat pass past Penguins netminder Jeff Zatkoff. Brett Connolly was credited with the second assist.
The Crunch added goals from Conacher and Johnson during a five-minute power play after Penguins defenseman Joe Morrow was assessed a major boarding penalty and game misconduct halfway through the first period. Conacherâ??s goal at the 16:03 mark was assisted by Connolly and Palat. Johnsonâ??s power play tally at the 17:54 mark was assisted by Mark Barberio and Alex Killorn.
The Penguins put nine shots on goal during the second stanza but were unable to break through Crunch goaltender Dustin Tokarski. The Penguinâ??s Zatkoff turned aside four Crunch shots during the scoreless middle frame.
The Penguins got on the scoreboard late in the third period with a power-play goal from Philippe Dupuis.
The Crunch will host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in their next home game on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Carol Grow schedule poster courtesy of Miller Lite and Molson Canadian. Additionally, Saturday is Pink in the Rink night presented by SUNY Upstate Medical University and the first 1,000 fans will receive a pink t-shirt.
Crunchables: Four former Crunch players dressed for the Penguins in todayâ??s game, Riley Holzapfel, Trevor Smith, Philippe Dupuis and Dylan Reeseâ?¦Keith Aulieâ??s first period goal was his first point of the seasonâ?¦Todayâ??s 3-0 victory is the first game the Crunch have won by more than a one-goal margin this seasonâ?¦Tyler Johnson leads all Crunch players with five goalsâ?¦
Courtesy: Syracuse Crunch