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Crunch Pick Up Point in Hartford

TORONTO - FEBRUARY 17:  Mike Ayers #1 of the Syracuse Crunch tends goal against the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum on February 17, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Syracuse won 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)
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Ryan MaloneyContributor IIJanuary 4, 2010

The Syracuse Crunch now have at least point in four of their last five contests after dropping a 2-1 decision at Hartford yesterday.  Syracuse led for much of the game after Jared Aulin found the back if the net in the game's ninth minute, but the Rangers tied it up with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation.  Hartford then won a shootout after a scoreless overtime period.

Kevin Lalande continued to shine in the Syracuse net.  From The Hartford Courant:

Hartford outshot Syracuse 9-8 in the period, but was stifled by goalie Kevin Lalande (33 saves), who made a quality stop on a Brodie Dupont stuff-in attempt. Lalande also received help from the crossbar, as an Andres Ambühl drive went high.

Lalande posted another perfect period in a scoreless second, making 13 saves that once again saw the Crunch outshot, 13-8.


Syracuse now sits 10 points behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.   They continue their five-game road swing Friday night in Norfolk.

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