Tonight’s comeback bid falls short.
Hugo Alnefelt allowed four goals on 12 shots for the loss before giving way to Max Lagace who stopped all 19 shots he faced the rest of the way. Sadly, Alnefelt’s sophomore season has fallen apart a bit, with his save percentage for the season dipping down to .906 with tonight’s result. Since March 1st, Alnefelt’s started eight games and had only one quality start and a solid relief appearance in that span.
1:14 SYR Thompson (7), (Ryfors)
8:41 LAV Mysak (5), (Galipeau, Norlinder)
11:49 LAV Martel (3), (McKay, Trudeau)
0:59 LAV Dube (14), (Stephens, Beaudin)
3:33 LAV Trudeau (7), (Simoneau, Heineman)(PP)
9:41 SYR Ryfors (22), (Barre-Boulet, Carrick)(PP)
11:43 SYR Finley (12), (Walcott, Crozier)
18:56 LAV Dello (4), (Bourque)(EN)
Simon Ryfors was the game’s second star while Max Crozier recorded his first pro point on Jack Finley’s Second Period goal.
The team threw 19 shots at Kevin Poulin in the final frame and just couldn’t get the equalizer.
Elsewhere in the division tonight, Rochester defeated Utica handily 5-1 while Belleville defeated Cleveland 3-1. Rochester moves to second in the division at 79 points followed by Syracuse at 78 points while Utica lags two points out of the last first round bye spot at 76 points. Laval holds the last playoff spot in the division at 70 points with Cleveland at 69 points and Belleville at 68 points. All teams have three games remaining except Cleveland which has four games left to go.
I’m not sure I need to say it, but I don’t think Syracuse wants any part of a three game opening round series against Laval. They’re just 2-5-1 against the Rocket this season and have dropped three in a row to the Canadiens’ farm team. So, earning that first round bye is critical. The Crunch’s three remaining games are at Utica on Wednesday, at Laval on Friday, and at home versus Utica again on Saturday. Syracuse controls their destiny as far as that first round bye goes. Handle business against Utica and it’s theirs.
Box score from TheAHL.com.