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63 saves for Leafs’ Aubin

It was certainly a night to remember at Mile One Stadium on Thursday.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin, one night after a 47-save effort, turned aside 63 shots to backstop St. John’s to a 5-3 win over visiting Syracuse.

Maple Leafs defenseman Ian White, held without a goal in his first 39 games as a pro, scored twice.

The teams combined for 77 penalty minutes — and one penalty shot — in the first period.

And the Crunch spent 9:12 of the second period on five power plays, taking 29 shots in the middle frame alone, but not only were held scoreless, they allowed two shorthanded goals in the process.

Aubin, who played part of his rookie 1997-98 season in Syracuse, is now 5-2-0 for the Leafs this season. He stopped 15 shots in the first period and 19 in the third in addition to his 29-save effort in the second.

Brad Moran had two goals and an assist for the Crunch, who owned a 66-22 advantage in shots for the game. Alexander Svitov took 11 shots, Prestin Ryan was credited with nine shots and Joe Motzko took eight, including the first-period penalty shot, to lead Syracuse.

Jeremy Williams also scored twice for St. John’s.

In addition to his two goals, White also has 13 assists on the season and leads all Maple Leafs players with a plus-15 rating.

Aubin had stopped 47 of 48 shots in the Leafs’ 4-1 win over Syracuse on Wednesday night.

Elsewhere on Thursday:
Keith Aucoin scored three times and added an assist as Providence defeated Springfield, 4-2… Quintin Laing and Shawn Thornton had a goal and an assist apiece to lead Norfolk to a 5-2 victory in Houston… Darren Haydar and Brad Tiley recorded a goal and an assist each as Milwaukee rallied past Hamilton, 3-2.