Syracuse Crunch return home for the holidays, fall short to arch rival Utica Comets

Members of the Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets participate in a scrum during Saturday night's game from the War Memorial.

The Syracuse Crunch have been perhaps the hottest team in the American Hockey League in recent weeks, pulling off a 10-game win streak, including an offensive explosion is an 8-2 win over the Belleville Senators on Friday night.

However, when a rival comes to town, all bets are off.

The Uitca Comets made the trip to Central New York Saturday night for the third of 12 meetings between the two teams.

After a scoreless opening period, Utica scored first in the second period off a Michael Chaput slap shot past the goalie.

But the Crunch tied it up on a 2-on-1 break, when Michael Peca found Erik Condra for the one-timer.

At that point, it was a 1-1 game.

However, Utica scores late in the second period to take the 2-1 lead, and keeping the Crunch out of the net in the third period to clinch the victory.

With the loss, the Crunch (33 points) maintain the third spot in the AHL North Division, but the Comets gain some ground (31 points).

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