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Syracuse Crunch keep it close, fall to rival Utica Comets in early season meeting

The Syracuse Crunch fell to 1-2-1 overall on the young season with Saturday night's loss to the Utica Comets.

The Syracuse Crunch have not began their AHL Eastern Conference Title defense on the right foot.

The Crunch are now 1-2-1 overall following Saturday night's home loss to the rival Utica Comets, 3-2.

Syracuse was forced to play catch-up throughout, first falling behind 1-0, but ultimately tying it up with a Cory Conacher goal at the end of the first period.

From there, the Comets scored again in the second period to take the 2-1 lead at the second intermission.

However, in the third period, the Crunch were on the board in a hurry, thanks to Mitchell Stephens' slap shot past Utica goalie Thatcher Demko.

With the game knotted up at 2-2, that's when Utica would take the lead for good.

Michael Chaput would redirect a shot past Syracuse goalie Michael Leighton, sealing the 3-2 win for the Comets.

Syracuse will be back in action Sunday afternoon, paying a visit to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a 3:05 p.m. start.

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