Falling Flat: Syracuse Crunch come up short to Binghamton in third game in three days

The Binghamton Devils celebrate a third period goal to put away the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday night.

The Syracuse Crunch's run of three games in three days came to a screeching halt on Sunday night.

The Crunch fell flat at the hands of the Binghamton Devils, 4-2.

The Crunch fell behind 2-1 after the first period, failing to score in the second period, and allowing the Devils to have their way in the third period.

The loss does not affect the Crunch's playoff hopes. Syracuse is locked into the AHL North Division's 2-seed when the Calder Cup Playoffs begin next week.

However, there's still one week remaining in the regular season, including games against Rochester and Utica, respectively, to end the year.

Coaches and players were not trying to blame Sunday's loss on the fact that they have played three games in three days.

"Well, obviously, we're not used to it," Syracuse coach Ben Groulx explained after the game. "I can't remember the last time we did it. We did it not a long time ago, but it seems that today was not a good day for us."

"It was their third game in three days, too," Syracuse captain Erik Condra said. "They, obviously, played a little bit more carefree, held the puck and they made plays. We seemed to have just wanted to get through this game it seemed like."

"Tonight can't be something we turn to as an excuse. This time of the year everybody's tired," Crunch defenseman Reid McNeill reiterated. "We've got to find a way to get the job done."

The Crunch have three games remaining in the regular season, which will all be played this week, beginning with the Rochester Americans on Wednesday, in Rochester.

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