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Crunch surpassed by Checkers, 5-1

The Syracuse Crunch were surpassed by the Charlotte Checkers, 5-1, tonight at the War Memorial Arena.

Charlotte was first on the board and never gave up the lead, dropping Syracuse to 11-9-2-0 on the season and 0-2-0-0 in the four-game season series.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Charlotte Checkers

Goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 29-of-34 shots in net for the Crunch. Anton Forsberg earned the win with 17 saves between the pipes for the Checkers. Syracuse went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Charlotte was 2-for-5.

The Checkers open scoring with a power-play goal 8:05 into the game. Martin made the initial save when Julien Gauthier tipped Jake Bean’s shot from the high slot, but Gauthier found his own rebound and knocked it in out of midair. Janne Kuokkanen recorded the secondary assist.

Gauthier potted his second of the game to double Charlotte’s lead two minutes later. He drove towards the net from the left wing and fired an attempt from the goal line that found its way in. Gustav Forsling and Roland McKeown earned the helpers.