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Palat plays hero as Crunch sweep Pirates

Game 3 (OT)

Ondrej Palat banged home a rebound with 16.2 seconds left in the first overtime period as the Syracuse Crunch completed a three-game sweep of the Portland Pirates with a 4-3 victory at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Palat had tied the game with 1:12 left in regulation and the Crunch net empty for an extra attacker.

Portland’s Andy Miele and Syracuse’s Radko Gudas traded power-play goals and the game was even at 1-1 entering the third period.

The Pirates broke open a two-goal lead on goals by Alexandre Bolduc 19 seconds into the third and Nick Johnson with 9:13 remaining.

But the Crunch rallied, with captain Mike Angelidis scoring with 6:01 left in regulation before Palat netted the equalizer.

Syracuse controlled play for most of the overtime period, finishing with a 15-4 edge in shots during the stanza and a 45-18 advantage for the game.

Cedrick Desjardins (3-0) made 15 saves, including a game-saving stop off Bolduc in the final minute of OT.

Chad Johnson (0-3) stopped 41 shots for the Pirates.