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Paradis Nets Hat Trick, But Crunch Fall to Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

A night that would otherwise be memorable for all the right reasons was soured for Philippe Paradis.

The Syracuse forward netted a natural hat trick in less than a five minute span to turn a two-goal deficit into a Crunch lead late in the first period. But the Binghamton Senators rallied for four goals in the third to top Syracuse, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"It doesn't matter how many goals you score, you just need the two points at the end of the day," Paradis said. "We didn't do it."

Cole Schneider scored two goals in the first 10:41 to give the Senators an early lead.

Paradis changed the complexion of the game in just 4:42 of game time. The former first-round pick netted two goals and capped the natural hat trick with a highlight-reel penalty shot.

Tanner Richard registered a pair of assists, while Yanni Gourde and Jake Dotchin each had one.

The line of Paradis, Richard, and Gourde has combined for 38 points in the last 12 games. For Paradis, it comes down to chemistry.

"We chat a lot, and I think that's the main thing for us," Paradis said. "We just help each other, work with each other and talk."

After a scoreless second period, the Senators rallied in the third. Shane Prince scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals, Derek Grant added some insurance, and David Dziurzynski sealed the win with an empty-netter.

"That's not how you play with the lead," said Crunch alternate captain Jean-Philippe Cote said. "You've got to keep doing what you're doing defensively."

The Crunch played down a defenseman the whole game after Matt Corrente was ejected after a fight during the opening face-off. At one point, Syracuse was down to three defensemen after multiple penalties.

But for Cote, the loss came down to turnovers on the blue line, not pushing hard enough in the last two periods, and not clearing out rebounds.

"You've got to be aware of these things, so there's no excuses," Cote said of playing down a defenseman. "I wouldn't use that as an excuse for us making some defensive mistakes."

Binghamton's Chris Driedger finished with 25 saves in the win, while Syracuse's Kristers Gudlevskis made 27 stops in the loss.

Syracuse (10-7-3-0) boarded a bus shortly after the final horn to travel to Hershey for another game Saturday.

"Even tonight, we worked our way back, so there's some good things to bring with us in Hershey," Cote said. "But it's a must win for us. We can't go 0-3 for the week. We have to save some points tomorrow, and that's what the focus is on now."

Pictured: Crunch forward Philippe Paradis drives to the net against the Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

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