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Crunch edged by Comets, 5-4, in shootout

The Syracuse Crunch were edged by the Utica Comets, 5-4, in a shootout after a back-and-forth affair tonight at Adirondack Bank Center.

The Crunch held four different leads throughout the game, but the Comets always responded to tie it up before eventually taking the win. Syracuse is now 22-21-3-4 on the season and 2-3-0-1 in the 12-game series against Utica.

Syracuse Crunch vs. Utica Comets

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood stopped 25-of-29 shots and 1-of-3 shootout attempts in net for the Crunch. Michael DiPietro turned aside 27-of-31 shots and 2-of-3 shootout attempts between the pipes for the Comets. Syracuse went 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.

The Crunch and Comets exchanged goals back-and-forth in the first period, but the Crunch went into the first intermission leading, 3-2. Syracuse opened scoring just 1:30 into the game. Boris Katchouk won the draw in the left circle and sent it back to Daniel Walcott. He skated it down and around the net before centering a feed for Taylor Raddysh to fire home. Three minutes later, Reid Boucher carried the puck into the zone down the right wing and dropped a pass back for Carter Camper to even the score.