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Utica Comets empty Syracuse Crunch, 1-0

SYRACUSE, NY — The Syracuse Crunch was beaten 1-0 by the Utica Comets tonight at the Upstate Medical University Arena.

The loss sets a six-game points streak for the crunch, putting the team at 18-14-3-3 for the season. Syracuse still holds a 4-1-1-0 lead in the 14-game season series against Utica.

Crunch goaltender Hugo Alnefelt saved 29 of 30 shots while Akira Schmid stopped all 23 shots for the Comets in the net.

Syracuse went 0-4 on the power play but a perfect 3-3 on penalties.

After a scoreless first third, the Comets broke the stalemate and scored the only goal of the game by 7:21 into midfield. After gaining control of the puck during a fight in the corner, Joe Gambardella sled it to the net and fed Graeme Clarke for a one-timer in the slot.

The Crunch takes on the Hartford Wolf Pack tomorrow.

Single game tickets and ticket packages for the 2022-23 season are available now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located at the Upstate Medical University Arena at the Onondaga County War Memorial at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse by calling the office at 315-473 -4444 or online via Ticketmaster. For the latest Crunch news, visit or follow the club on Facebook (, Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch), and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

Crunchables: This is the first time the Crunch has been ruled out this season. They eliminated two opponents – the Charlotte Checkers and Utica Comets.

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