Breakfast of champions.
Brandon Halverson allowed four goals on 33 shots for the victory. The Crunch have signed Vinnie Purpura has the backup to the backup to the backup with Tomkins in Tampa Bay and now Hugo Alnefelt apparently nicked. Good times.
11:20 SYR Groshev (5), (Fortier, Lilleberg)(SH)
16:58 SYR Groshev (6), (Chaffee, Day)
19:55 SYR Dumont (3), (Chaffee, Thompson)(PP)
10:41 SYR Carroll (3), (Element, Carlile)
15:19 BRI Kubiak (1), (Bardreau, Helgeson)
2:23 BRI Asselin (4), (Maggio, Fritz)(PP)
15:27 BRI Pinho (2), (MacLean, Hutton)
18:14 SYR Groshev (7), (Koepke)(EN)
18:50 BRI Bardreau (1), (Cholowski, Salo)
Maxim Groshev and Mitchell Chaffee were the game’s first and second stars.
The Isles got the false hope goal but came no closer after Groshev completed his hat trick. Groshev’s haul for the day improves his season state line to 7-5-12 in his first 12 games. That’s good for third in the AHL in points among rookies and tied for second in goals.
The Crunch moved into a three-way tie atop the North Division with the victory, equaling Toronto and Rochester on 16 points through 12 games.
Box score from TheAHL.com.