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Crunch topped by Phantoms, 5-4

The Syracuse Crunch were topped by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 5-4, tonight at the PPL Center.

After exchanging goals in the first period, the Crunch lead through most of the second period, but the Phantoms rallied to build a lead and take the victory. The Crunch are now 18-17-2-2 on the season.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 28-of-33 shots in net for the Crunch, while Jean-Francois Berube turned aside 23-of-27. Syracuse converted on 2-of-4 power play opportunities and went 5-for-7 on the penalty kill.

The Crunch and Phantoms exchanged goals in the opening frame and ended the period tied, 2-2. The Phantoms opened scoring 3:15 into the game. Maksim Sushko skated the puck into the zone down the right wing and fired a wrister off the far post and in with the help of Eric Knodel and Kyle Criscuolo. Syracuse knotted the game with a power-play goal at 6:13. Ross Colton one-timed a feed from Ben Thomas from the top of the right circle. Cory Conacher tallied the secondary assist.