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Crunch beat Amerks in double OT to take 2-1 series lead

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Rochester Americans, 2-1, in double overtime on Thursday night at the Upstate Medical University Arena to take a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five North Division semifinals.

Walterri Merela netted the game-winner for the Crunch on a breakaway at 10:18 in the second overtime.

Alex Barré-Boulet tallied the first goal for Syracuse, and Isak Rosén scored the lone goal for Rochester on a penalty shot.

Brandon Halverson made 33 saves for the Crunch, while Devon Levi stopped 60 shots for the Amerks.

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Game four is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m.