Alex Barre-Boulet recorded his first career hat trick in a 4-3 Syracuse Crunch win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.
Ross Colton and Cameron Gaunce also had a multi-point game tallying two assists, while Alex Volkov netted the game-winner to advance the Crunch to 27-22-4-5 on the season. Syracuse and Wilke-Barre/Scranton split the two-game season series, 1-1.
Goaltender Spencer Martin stopped 16-of-19 shots in net for the Crunch. Dustin Tokarski turned aside 25-of-29 between the pipes for the Penguins. Syracuse went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton converted on 2-of-6 man-advantages.
The Crunch were first on the board just 11 seconds into the game. Colton skated the puck down the left wing during a 2-on-1 and sent a feed for Barre-Boulet to backhand past Tokarski. Gaunce tallied the secondary helper.
The Penguins evened the score at 5:11 when Jamie Devane tipped John Nyberg’s left point shot. Five minutes later, they took the lead on the power play. Phil Varone dug the puck out from along the right wing boards and centered it for Cole Cassels. He quickly dished it over for Riley Barber to score with a wrister from the left circle.
Oh, what a night. #WBSvsSYR
— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) February 29, 2020