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Gemel Smith nets hat trick in 4-1 Crunch win over Bruins

Gemel Smith netted a hat trick as the Syracuse Crunch topped the Providence Bruins, 4-1, tonight at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

After giving up the first goal, Smith and Peter Abbandonato potted back-to-back goals less than a minute apart before Smith hit two empty nets. The win advances the Crunch to 14-9-2-0 on the season and 1-0-0-0 in the home-and-home series with the Bruins.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Providence Bruins

Goaltender Martin Spencer stopped 26-of-27 shots in net for the Crunch, while Dan Vladar turned aside 20-of-22 between the pipes for the Bruins. Syracuse converted on 1-of-4 power play opportunities and went a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

The Bruins opened scoring 2:33 into the middle stanza. Joona Koppanen set up Trent Frederic for a back-door goal from the left circle. Ryan Fitzgerald recorded the secondary helper.

The Crunch responded with a power-play goal at the 11:31 mark and proceeded to take the lead with another goal just 58 seconds later. Cal Foote started the rush behind the Crunch goal. He skated through the neutral zone and split the defense before passing over for Smith to snipe a shot from the left circle.

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