Crunch intercept Rocket to take over second place in North Division.
Max Lagace allowed one goal on 20 shots for the victory. I’ve given Lagace and the Syracuse goaltenders a lot of blame over the course of the season, but Lagace has now raised his save percentage up to .907 after being in the .880’s for a lot of the year. It’s no small coincidence Syracuse’s rise in the standings has coincided with Lagace starting to really turn it on in his crease.
3:07 LAV Teasdale (14), (Schnarr, Ouellet)
7:45 SYR Perbix (2), (unassisted)
5:50 SYR Dumont (28), (Barre-Boulet, Hudon)(PP)
14:59 SYR Nash (8), (Ryfors, Raddysh)
13:11 SYR Nash (9), (Richard)(PP)
18:19 SYR Dumont (29), (unassisted)(EN)
Gabriel Dumont, Riley Nash, and Lagace were the game’s three stars.
So, one night after re-establishing third place in the North Division the Crunch had an opportunity against Laval to jump up to second place in the next “biggest game of the year” and after falling behind early scored five unanswered and smoked Laval like a fine cigar. Laval has been really good the second half of this campaign and for a month looked like they might be the one team from the glut in the middle of the division that could break from the pack. It speaks to just how amazingly well the Crunch have played that they have actually reeled Laval back in and overtaken them, because it frankly didn’t seem possible not too long ago.
Box score from TheAHL.com.