LAVAL, Que. — Cedric Paquette scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period Thursday as the Laval Rocket beat the Syracuse Crunch 4-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five AHL playoff series.
Paquette's goal came at the 8:49 mark of the final third on the power play to break a 1-1 tie and bring Laval to the brink of a division final berth.
Xavier Ouellet assisted on two goals for Laval and Cayden Primeau stopped 22-of-23 shots sent his way.
Remi Elie scored the Crunch's lone goal to tie the game at 4:49 into the second period.
Danick Martel opened scoring for the Rocket, giving them a 1-0 lead just 2:43 into the contest on the power play.
Jean-Sébastien Dea and Louie Belpedio each scored empty-net goals late in the game to pump Laval's lead to 4-1.
The Rocket will have a chance to close out the Crunch in Game 4 Saturday in Laval.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2022.
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