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“Platt trick” lifts Crunch to victory

Rookie Geoff Platt scored three times as Syracuse rallied with five unanswered goals to post a 6-3 win over Rochester at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter on Saturday night.

Platt, a first-year pro who scored 45 goals at Erie (OHL) last season, cut the Crunch’s deficit to 3-2 midway through the second period, then netted the final two tallies of Syracuse’s four-goal third.

The 20-year-old Platt has six goals in five games this season.

Ben Simon and Jaroslav Balastik added a goal and an assist for the Crunch. It was Balastik’s first points in the AHL after starting his first North American season in the NHL with Columbus.

Andrew Penner finished with 41 saves against the potent Americans offense, which scored eight times against Cleveland on Friday.

Elsewhere on Saturday:
Michel Ouellet and Ryan Whitney scored two goals apiece and Erik Christensen added a goal and three assists as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went to 6-0-0-0 with a 5-1 win over visiting Binghamton… Jamie Storr made 44 saves and R.J. Umberger scored early in the third period as Philadelphia posted a 1-0 win at Norfolk… Eric Healey recorded three goals and an assist and Nathan Robinson and Eric Nickulas scored twice each as Providence rolled over Springfield, 8-2… Dimitri Patzold made 36 saves for Cleveland in a 2-1 win over Hamilton at Copps Coliseum… Nigel Dawes and Dwight Helminen had a goal and an assist each and Hartford survived a late Hershey rally to earn a 6-5 win over the Bears… Ryan Shannon scored twice for Portland in a 4-1 win at Bridgeport… Nate DiCasmirro scored two third-period goals as Grand Rapids got past Omaha, 3-1… Yan Stastny scored his first two AHL goals, including the winner 2:21 into overtime, as Iowa defeated Chicago, 2-1… Marty Wilford scored on a power play at 3:04 of overtime, giving Manchester a 2-1 win in Houston.