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Gourde, Yanni

AHL Game Night: 4-11-14 Penguins at Crunch

Playing out the string, Crunch still sorting out themselves for next season.

WBS-3
SYR-2 (SO)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 31 shots before allowing 2 of 5 to convert in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss.

First Period
WBS Kobasew, (9) (Ebbett, Dumoulin), 4:46 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (19) (Korobov, Connolly), 8:18 (PP)
SYR DiSalvatore, (11) (Marchessault, Mormina), 16:09 (PP)

Second Period
WBS Kobasew, (10) (Machacek, Dumoulin), 7:28 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
WBS- Zlobin, Machachek
SYR- NONE

Yanni Gourde and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's second and third stars. Henri Ikonen made his North American pro debut with 2 shots and he was also unsuccessful in his shootout attempt.

Syracuse remains stuck at 1 game under .500 with 5 games left in their season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-28-14 Phantoms at Crunch

Roller coaster Crunch back on the uphill slope.

ADK-4
SYR-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Goal support remains a beautiful thing.

First Period
ADK Cousins, (9) (Eddy, Manning), 9:31
ADK Noebels, (3) (Akeson, Lamarche), 17:43

Second Period
SYR Walker, (5) (Marchessault, Gourde), 7:49 (PP)
ADK Akeson, (21) , 11:54
SYR Paquette, (17) (DiSalvatore, Connolly), 14:46 (PP)
SYR Paquette, (18) (Sustr, Cote), 15:56

Third Period
ADK Holmstrom, (12) (Delisle, Noebels), 0:59 (PP)
SYR Smith, (6) (Marchessault, Langelier-Parent), 3:35
SYR Langelier-Parent, (2) (Gourde, Witkowski), 9:16
SYR Marchessault, (16) (Connolly, Witkowski), 14:03

Cedric Paquette, Jonathan Marchessault, and Yanni Gourde were the game's three stars.

Andrej Sustr also returned from injury tonight after missing over a month on the shelf, and he was joined in the lineup by J.P. Cote who has only been healthy enough to see game action in 1 game in the last month. Both defensemen had assists in the game, and both add to the list of reasons to believe this 3 game winning streak the Crunch are on might be sustainable. Also, if Sustr can finish the AHL season strong, he might give the Lightning defensive corps a shot in the arm in the depth department once he goes back up to to Tampa Bay.

The opportunity to make the playoffs is long gone for Syracuse, but they improved to 2 games under .500 with tonight's result. With everything that's happened, if the team can post a record over .500 this year, that's going to be a moral victory at least, and will help lay a foundation for success next season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-15-14 Bulldogs at Crunch

Legendary goaltending by Gudlevskis, but no dice in the shootout.

HAM-2
SYR-1 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis sparkled, allowing 1 goal on 29 shots before allowing 1 of 9 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. That's a shame.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (15) (Namestnikov), 6:42
HAM Leblanc, (12) (Ellis), 10:36

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HAM- Blunden
SYR- NONE

Gudlevskis was the game's second star. He was bested in the goaltending duel by counterpart Robert Mayer, whose performance included stopping Yanni Gourde on a penalty shot.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-14-14 Bears at Crunch

Syracuse unleashes the secret weapon.

HER-2
SYR-3 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory. The Latvian rookie is now 4 games over .500 for the season and has inched his save percentage up to .901 for the campaign.

First Period
HER Brown, (15) (Newbury, Byers), 9:50 (PP)
SYR Landry, (1) (Paradis, Gourde), 14:04

Second Period
SYR Smith, (5) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 2:48

Third Period
HER Watkins, (10) (Kolomatis, Byers), 9:13

Overtime
SYR DiSalvatore, (10) (Connolly), 1:50

Jon DiSalvatore and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars. But, who cares about that? After nearly 3 seasons in the organization, finally Charles Landry was let loose upon the league. Tonight the young defenseman finally scored his first ever AHL goal. Congratulations.

Also, as advertised, new signee Yanni Gourde had a helper in his Syracuse debut, keeping the forward at his point a game pace for the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Gourde Finds Home in Lightning Organization


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Yanni Gourde took the ice Tuesday as determined as ever.

The 5-9 left-winger signed a new deal -- an American Hockey League contract with the Syracuse Crunch for the rest of this season and a two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning over the next two years -- last weekend. But Gourde, who spent time with three teams over the past two years, isn’t completely satisfied with his new found stability.

"It's awesome to feel that type of security right now," Gourde said. "But hockey is day-by-day. Every practice is important, and every time I step on the ice I need to improve myself to get better."

Yanni Gourde

Basics

Type: 
BP Alumni
Position: 
Right Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
5.09
Weight: 
170
Born: 
12/15/1991
Age: 
26
Hometown: 
St. Narcisse, QC
Acquired: 
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 9, 2014
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Small skilled forward with Top 6 upside

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Undrafted

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
06/26/2017
Contract Type: 
One-way
Contract Length: 
2 years
Cap Number: 
$1 000 000
Contract Start Year: 
2017
Contract End Year: 
2019
Contract End Status: 
UFA
Salary: 
$1 000 000
Salary: 
$1 000 000

Bio

Awards: 

2011-12

  • QMJHL First All-Star Team
  • QMJHL Most Assists
  • QMJHL Most Point
  • QMJHL Most Valuable Player

Statistics

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Lévis ChevaliersQMAAA2 0 00 0|        
 2008-2009 Jonquière ÉlitesQMAAA41 23 3053 50|Playoffs4 1 56
  Victoriaville TigresQMJHL4 0 11 0|        
 2009-2010 Victoriaville TigresQMJHL59 11 1728 36|Playoffs16 2 35 20 
 2010-2011 Victoriaville TigresQMJHL68 26 4268 48|Playoffs9 4 610 12 
 2011-2012 Victoriaville TigresQMJHL68 37 87124 70|Playoffs4 1 23
  Worcester SharksAHL4 1 23 0|        
 2012-2013 Worcester SharksAHL54 8 614 41|        
  San Francisco BullsECHL8 4 610 9|        
 2013-2014 Kalamazoo WingsECHL30 15 1934 19|        
  Worcester SharksAHL25 4 2024 26|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL18 2 68 16|        
 2014-2015 Syracuse CrunchAHL76 29 2857 61|Playoffs3 1 12 10 
 2015-2016 Tampa Bay LightningNHL2 0 11 2|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL65 14 3044 42|        
 2016-2017 Tampa Bay LightningNHL20 6 28 8|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL56 22 2648 54|Playoffs22 9 1827 29 
 2017-2018 Tampa Bay LightningNHL82 25 3964 50|Playoffs17 2 57
 2018-2019 Tampa Bay LightningNHL- - -- -|        

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