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Checkers rally past Crunch, 3-2

After the Syracuse Crunch built a two-goal lead, the Charlotte Checkers rallied with three unanswered goals to steal a 3-2 win tonight at Bojangles’ Coliseum.
Gemel Smith and Chris Mueller potted the only goals in the first period before Charlotte went on a run that downed Syracuse and dropped the team to 14-10-2-0 on the season. The Checkers are 3-0-0-0 in the four-game season series.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Charlotte Checkers

Goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 26-of-29 in net for the Crunch. Alex Nedeljkovic turned aside 16-of-18 between the pipes for the Checkers. Syracuse went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Charlotte was 1-for-5.

The Crunch were first on the board 4:44 into the game. After Danick Martel forced a turnover in the neutral zone, Alex Barre-Boulet grabbed the loose puck and skated it back into the zone. The puck rolled off his stick as he toe-dragged around a defender, but Smith followed behind and sent home a slap shot from the high slot.