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Crunch top Checkers, 5-4

The Syracuse Crunch topped the Charlotte Checkers in a back-and-forth affair tonight at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Alex Volkov opened scoring before the Checkers went on a three-goal run to steal the lead. Syracuse then went on a three-goal run of their own with markers from Gemel Smith, Chris Mueller and Ross Colton to take it back. After the Checkers added another to tie the game late in the third, Boris Katchouk potted the game-winner. The victory advances the Crunch to 15-10-2-0 on the season and gives the team their only win in the four-game season series against the Checkers.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Charlotte Checkers

Goaltender Mike Condon earned his first win in his first start for the Crunch turning aside 22-of-26 shots. Anton Forsberg stopped 25-of-30 for the Checkers. Syracuse converted on 1-of-6 power play opportunities, while Charlotte was 2-for-3.

The Crunch were first on the board 17 minutes into the game with a power-play goal. Dennis Yan’s shot from the left wing was stopped, but the rebound kicked out for Volkov to chip into an open net.