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191221 at SYR - DEVILS LOSE TO CRUNCH, 5-2

SYRACUSE –​ Despite 37 shots on net and two goals from Ryan Schmelzer, the Binghamton Devils fell to the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night, 5-2.

Syracuse scored twice in 12 seconds to take an early 2-0 lead. Dennis Yan fired in a wrist shot at 3:06 of the opening period for a 1-0 lead with assists from Nolan Valleau and Alex Barre-Boulet. The Crunch scored again at 3:18 of the first period to take a two-goal lead. Barre-Boulet but home his 11th of the year from Yan and Otto Somppi.

With just 2:11 left in the first period, Ryan Schmelzer went top shelf to get the Devils on the board. Maltsev found Schmelzer on a two-on-one rush and he ripped a shot just under the cross bar over the left shoulder of goaltender Mike Condon. The lone assist on Schmelzer’s fourth of the year was credited to Maltsev and the Devils trailed 2-1.

Cory Conacher put the Crunch back up by two goals with just 1:06 left in the first. After several chances, Conacher scooped up the loose puck at the bottom of the left circle, spun around, and sent it by goaltender Evan Cormier. The goal was Conacher’s ninth of the year from Ross Colton and Boris Katchouk and the Devils trailed 3-1 after one.

Conacher scored his second of the night 3:10 into the second as he tapped the puck in over the goal line. Gemel Smith’s shot wouldn’t go in and the puck sat behind Cormier for the easy Conacher tap-in goal to give the Crunch a 4-1 lead. The goal was Conacher’s second of the night and 10th of the year with assists from Smith and Cameron Gaunce on the power play.

Schmelzer responded to get the Devils back within two goals. Schmelzer went around the defense and cut to the front of the net lifting the puck over the right shoulder of Condon for his second of the night and fifth of the year and the Devils deficit was 4-2. Assists were given to Maltsev and Josh Jacobs and Binghamton trailed by two after two periods.

In the third, the Crunch added an empty-net goal for the 5-2 win. Cormier stopped 16 of 20 in the loss while Condon denied 35 of 37.

The Devils are back home after the holiday break on Saturday, December 28 to face the Rochester Americans. Wednesday against Rochester at 7:05 p.m. Come by early for live music from 6-7 p.m. on the concourse with $5 24-ounce draft beer and $6 oil cans between section 19 and 20. Tickets are available by calling or texting “TICKETS” to 607-722-7367.

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