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Syracuse Crunch reveal Championship banners, drop home opener to Amerks in OT

Syracuse Crunch players watch as last season's Eastern Conference and North Division Championship banners get hung into the rafters.

The Syracuse Crunch were welcomed back with a near-sold out crowd from inside the War Memorial Saturday night.

It served as the home opener, taking on the Rochester Amerks for the second time in as many days.

On Friday night, the Crunch opened the season on the road in Western New York, but fell, 3-1.

This time around, the energy inside the arena was palpable, helping create a real home ice advantage ahead of the home opener.

Prior to the start of the game, the team held a ceremony raising the Eastern Conference and North Division Championship banners from the 2016-17 season.

However, Rochester came to spoil the party.

Rochester took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but the Crunch tied it up with a Kevin Lynch goal.

In overtime, the Amerks would end the game relatively quickly, courtesy of a Kevin Porter.

The loss dropped the Crunch to 0-2 overall on the season, but did gain a point in the standings due to the overtime affair.

Syracuse will be back in action on Friday night, as it welcomes the Belleville Senators to the War Memorial for a 7 p.m. start.

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