SYRACUSE, NY – Streaks are meant to be broken. For the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, to lose to this opponent, had to come as a shock. The Crunch were playing shorthanded due to call-ups and suspensions, but that didn’t seem to matter. Louis Domingue was stellar, and Michael Bournival added a goal and an assist as Syracuse prevailed 5-2 on Friday night.
Slow starts have plagued the Penguins in spite of their streak, and unfortunately, Friday night was no different. Alexander Volkov wired a shot from the slot past Casey DeSmith. Seven minutes later, Jamie McBain put Syracuse up two when he scored from the point on the opening faceoff of a power play.
57 seconds later, Kevin Lynch put the Crunch up by three when she beat DeSmith from the slot through a screen. The Penguins had three power plays in the first but managed only seven shots in the frame.
Syracuse got a penalty shot at the 13-minute mark, when Frank Corrado hauled down Anthony Cirelli on a breakaway. Cirelli wasn’t able to convert, however, as DeSmith made a glove save.
In the third, Dominik Simo’s third of the season cut the deficit to one at the 13 minute mark, when he finished off a cross-ice feed from Smith. The story of the period, however, was a five-minute boarding major on Syracuse’s Ben Smith. Smith destroyed DiPauli along the half wall with just under seven minutes left, and was ejected from the game.
On the ensuing power play, the Penguins best chance came two minutes in, when Zach Trotman hit the crossbar from the near point. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a few other grade-A chances, but they couldn’t solve Domingue.
Carter Verhaeghe and Bournival added empty net goals late to seal the victory.
3) SYR-Alexander Volkov (Goal)
2) SYR-Louis Domingue (23 Saves)
1) SYR-Kevin Lynch (Goal)
Up Next: These two teams finish the home-and-home Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre at 7:05 pm EST.