Shootout: Phantoms 2, Crunch 1 - Phantoms 4, Crunch 3
Schenn and Roe scored for the Phantoms, while Ondrej Palat scored for the Crunch (see separate post).
Overtime: Phantoms 3, Crunch 3
To continue with the theme of the game, each team also took a penalty in the overtime period. Munroe was called for roughing and then Connolly was called for interference. The Crunch outshot the Phantoms 5-1 in the five-minute frame.
Third period: Phantoms 3, Crunch 3
The third period featured no scoring, though each team had a couple of power plays.
With Holmstrom out of the game, Zac Rinaldo stepped onto the second line in his place.
Rinaldo promptly took a charging penalty; he also took an elbowing penalty later in the frame. The consensus in the press box was that both hits were clean and were reputation calls.
Garrett Roe was also called for holding with 5:05 to play in regulation. The Phantoms killed all of the penalties.
The Crunch had two penalties also - Aulie for high-sticking and Mike Angelidis for interference - and killed both.
Second period: Phantoms 3, Crunch 3
The Phantoms started the second period with two goals before the Crunch had a shot.
With four seconds left on a five-on-three power play, Couturier ripped off a shot from center slot past Tokarski to tie it up at 1:56.
Brayden Schenn added another goal three minutes later, again on a power play, firing home a slapper from the right face-off circle to give the Phantoms a 2-1 lead.
Syracuse finally got its first shot of the period through to Munroe at 8:12.
Pierre-Cedric Labrie tied it up again for the Crunch at 13:51. He took a shot, which Danny Syvret blocked, and then jumped back on the puck before Munroe could recover from the original shot.
Seconds later, a scrum broke out next to the Phantoms' bench. Cullen Eddy and Radko Gudas skated out holding each other and dropped the gloves.
Another scrum broke out a few minutes later. Schenn hit J.T. Wyman, so Labrie hit Schenn, which in turn prompted McGinn to hit Labrie. Then everyone joined in behind Munroe. Just about everyone dropped their gloves, but really only exchanged a few shoves. McGinn and Labrie were both given double-minors for roughing.
With 1:48 to play, Schenn scored on the Phantoms' fourth shot in a 12-second span. Akeson got the puck of the faceoff and sent it over to Schenn at the far side of the net to give the Phantoms a 3-2 lead
Cory Conacher responded less than a minute later for Syracuse, beating Munroe stick-side to tie the game up again.
First period: Crunch 1, Phantoms 0
The Phantoms gave the Crunch three consecutive power plays, which really allowed Syracuse to dominate the flow of the third period.
Harry Zolnierczyk went off for interference, followed by Rob Bordson for delay of game (trying to clear the puck) 1:52 later and then by Cullen Eddy for cross-checking another 2:11 after that.
The Crunch sent five shots at Scott Munroe in the first two power plays, but the Phantoms held them without a shot on goal in the third and barely allowed them in the offensive zone.
The Phantoms started building some momentum after that. Adirondack had only two shots on goal through the first about 15 minutes and then took seven in the final five.
Adirondack had a good chance with 3:10 to play in the frame when Sean Couturier's shot was blocked by a Syracuse defenseman and the puck was left sitting in the crease. Jason Akeson jumped on the puck, firing into goaltender Dustin Tokarski's pad. Harry Zolnierczyk got the rebound but couldn't get a clean shot off.
It was Syracuse that finally capitalized. Brett Connolly scored on his own rebound to give the Crunch a 1-0 lead with 2:13 to play.
The Phantoms had one more chance in the frame. Zolnierczyk tried to go after the rebound of a slapper by Danny Syvret, but was held down by Keith Aulie. Aulie was called for interference with less than a second left and will start the second period in the box, but the damage was done and the Phantoms went to the dressing room down a goal.
The Phantoms' losing streak is now longer than their longest winning streak of the season at four games. In three of those four games, the Phantoms have taken more than 40 shots on goal (they had 33 against St. John's on Nov. 28).
The last time the Phantoms and Crunch met, the 5-2 loss in Syracuse sparked a three-game winning streak for Adirondack.
The Phantoms have struggled on special teams recently. In this losing streak, they have only scored three times on 25 power plays and have allowed five power-play goals and two shorthanded goals.
Phantoms defensive pairings
Phantoms goaltender: Scott Munroe
Phantoms scratches: Marc-Andre Bourdon (illness), Oliver Lauridsen (injury), Zack FitzGerald, Mike Testwuide, Matt Ford