First period surge powers Syracuse to win over Belleville



The Syracuse Crunch used a four-goal first period to pace to a 8-2 win over the Belleville Senators Friday night at the Yardmen Arena.

Belleville had goals from Colin White, Jordan Murray while Andrew Hammond made 13 saves before being pulled in favour of Chris Driedger who turned aside 16 shots.Mat Bodie (2) Dominik Masin, Michael Bournival, Erik Condra, Mitchell Stephens, Mathieu Joseph, Matt Peca scored for Syracuse while Louis Dominage stopped 27 shots in his first start against the Sens this year.

The Senators jumped out a 1-0 lead 3:39 in through White’s fifth of the year but the Crunch responded in a big way, scoring four times over a 10:17 span.

Masin made it 1-1 at 5:42 as he buried Matt Peca’s pass for his fifth of the year before Bournival gave the Crunch the lead at 11:27. Syracuse would push its lead to 4-1 through two goals in 37 seconds first through Condra who found a loose puck in the crease after Mathieu Joseph’s point shot had been deflected and then Matt Bodie’s third of the year.

Syracuse tallied two more goals in the middle frame first through Mitchell Stephens on what was a strange bounce off of Bournival’s shot before Joseph’s wrister at 11:56 made it 6-1 and pulled Hammond from the game.

Murray grabbed the Sens’ second goal of the night as his wrister from the power play on the man advantage cut the Crunch lead to 6-2 at 14:27.

Peca’s sixth of the year came on the power play with 2:19 left in the period to make it 7-2 Crunch.

Bodie made it 8-2 on the power play with 6:38 to play after he tapped the puck into an open net after the Crunch had crashed the net.

Jamie Doornbosch made his Sens debut after signing a PTO earlier in the day while TJ Melancon made his home debut.

The Sens are back in action on Boxing Day when they head to the ACC to face the Toronto Marlies. Belleville returns to the Yardmen Arena on Dec. 28 to host the Laval Rocket and tickets are available by clicking here.

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