Gudlevskis, Kristers

NHL Game Night: 12-23-16 Lightning at Capitals

Schedule and injuries victimize the Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss before being lifted for Kristers Gudlevskis, who stopped all 3 shots he saw in garbage time. I wasn't in love with the 1st and 4th goals Vasilevskiy gave up, not that this atrocity was his fault.

First Period
0:55 WSH Carlson (2), (Alzner, Wilson)
15:42 WSH Carlson (3), (Johansson, Backstrom)

Second Period
10:48 WSH Ovechkin (15), (Orlov)

Third Period
8:33 WSH Johansson (13), (Backstrom)

No chance. The Lightning got to Washington at 2:30 am last night after their game against St. Louis already hobbled with multiple injuries. You had guys like Bournival who have played something like 6 of the last 8 days along with the travel. Stralman looked like he was completely running on fumes. This was a schedule loss, plain and simple, and it was made worse by fatigue leading to multiple injuries. Drouin and Coburn went out. Hedman went out and came back in. The Lightning would've been better off not getting of the plane and declaring this a no contest. This schedule in the first three months of the year has been as vicious as I think I've seen in the league for a Lightning team. They've been grinded down into the ground and they just collapsed under the weight of it tonight.

Unfortunately, halfway through this fourth ten game segment of the season, the Lightning need 7 of a possible 10 remaining points in the segment just to tread water and not dig their hole deeper in their playoff pursuit. Fortunately, the Lightning do have a glut of home games and hopefully a glut of guys returning from injury to try to make some hey with over the course of those five games.

Brayden Point was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 19:35.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:34.

Tanner Richard was -1 with 2 hits and he was 38% on 13 draws in 16:07.

You get a minus. And, you get a minus. And, YOU get a minus!

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-18-16 Crunch at Bruins

Crunch drop finale of 3 game weekend set.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
13:57 PRO Kuraly (3), (Porter, White)

Second Period
7:24 SYR Halmo (8), (unassisted)
12:43 PRO DeBrusk (5), (Grzelcyk, Grant)

Third Period
18:09 PRO Vatrano (2), (Heinen, Cross)(EN)

Mike Halmo was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-17-16 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Saturday night's alright for fighting.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 13 shots before getting booted from the contest for fighting. Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 10 shots the rest of the way in cleanup duty to claim the rare bird that is the backdoor win.

First Period
14:01 SYR Hart (2), (Thomas, Peca)(PP)
14:47 SYR Gourde (8), (Brodeur, Bournival)
15:03 SYR Morin (4), (Dotchin, Taormina)

Second Period
9:24 BRI Gionta (1), (K. Jones, C. Jones)
14:05 BRI Pulock (1), (Toews, Kearns)
17:32 BRI Mayfield (2), (Kearns, St. Denis)
19:56 SYR Halmo (7), (Taormina, Gourde)

Third Period
5:53 SYR Comrie (2), (Taormina, Peca)(PP)

Matt Taormina and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse scorched their way to a 3-0 lead in the First Period and looked completely in control until 9:25 of the Second Period when Stephen Gionta scored Bridgeport's first goal and the following insanity broke loose:

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09:24 SYR Jake Dotchin, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 SYR Jake Dotchin, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 SYR Kristers Gudlevskis, Leaving the crease, 2 min
09:24 SYR Kristers Gudlevskis, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 SYR Kristers Gudlevskis, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 SYR Daniel Walcott, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 SYR Daniel Walcott, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 SYR Luke Witkowski, Slashing, 2 min PP
09:24 SYR Luke Witkowski, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 SYR Luke Witkowski, Misconduct - Continuing altercation, 10 min
09:24 BRI Patrick Cullity, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 BRI Patrick Cullity, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 BRI Kellen Jones, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 BRI Kellen Jones, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 BRI Scott Mayfield, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 BRI Stephon Williams, Leaving the crease, 2 min
09:24 BRI Stephon Williams, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 BRI Stephon Williams, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min

And a good time was had by all. Syracuse blew the 3 goal lead but were able to eventually regain the winning edge with a late Second Period marker by Halmo.

Syracuse is now 4 points clear of the rest of the North Division in first place and 6 points back of the conference lead with games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-10-16 Comets at Crunch

Crunch clip their rivals.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 34 shots before stopping 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
7:45 UTI Pelletier (1), (Kunyk, Subban)(PP)
13:20 SYR Ikonen (1), (Bournival, Gourde)

Second Period
5:03 UTI Virtanen (4), (Billins, Robak)(PP)
7:01 SYR Thomas (1), (Richard, Hart)

Third Period
0:12 SYR Taormina (8), (Dotchin, Peca)(SH)
15:21 UTI Cassels (3), (Kunyk, Grenier)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
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SYR- Conacher, Richard

Tanner Richard, Henri Ikonen, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars.

Syracuse, for the moment, moves 6 points clear of second place atop the North Division. They're starting to make up some ground on Lehigh Valley for tops in the conference if they can stay on track.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-7-16 Phantoms at Crunch

A goaltender rises...

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Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 50 (not a typo) shots for the victory. Wilcox is now 9-3-0 on the season with 1 shutout, a 2.13 GAA, and a .924 sv%. His 9 wins now matches his total number of victories from all of his rookie pro campaign. Tonight was his statement of intent to take over the starting job in Syracuse permanently. I don't think, ultimately, he's going to lose in his bid.

First Period
11:57 LV Bardreau (3), (Knight)
12:29 SYR Peca (5), (Condra, Erne)
12:50 SYR Dotchin (2), (Gourde, Halmo)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:40 LV Bardreau (4), (Knight, O'Neill)
17:25 SYR Taormina (7), (Erne, Condra)
19:39 SYR Gourde (6), (Condra)(EN)(SH)

Wilcox and Matt Taormina were the game's first and second stars.

When the Lightning organization's farm team last won a championship with the Norfolk Admirals, they did so with a team that was fortunate enough to have two high-quality AHL starting goaltenders in Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus. Coming into this season, with a Syracuse roster stocked to the gills with veteran firepower, it's always seemed the limiting factor would be goaltending where it wasn't clear the Crunch even had one high-quality AHL starter. Now that we're well past the quarter post of the season, though, it's becoming clear one of the two netminders in Syracuse's tandem has risen up and clearly separated himself from the other. Adam Wilcox doesn't have all the physical gifts that Kristers Gudlevskis does, but goaltending is only partially about pure athleticism. Like boxing, goaltending is also a sweet science of understanding angles, body positioning, reading your opponents, and the ebb and flow of the game. Gudlevskis has struggled to find his calm place in the sweet science of the goaltending game. Adam Wilcox is finding his comfort zone inside the maelstrom around his crease and he's made his move. The numbers don't lie. Wilcox is now 7th in the AHL in GAA and 8th in save percentage.

Syracuse moves 1 point up on Albany for first in the North Division with 2 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-4-16 Crunch at Bears

Goaltending betrays Syracuse.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 12 shots for the loss, and there were questionable goals in those 3.

First Period
15:02 HER Mitchell (2), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:23 HER Sanford (1), (Walker, Djoos)
3:38 SYR Conacher (4), (Taormina, Richard)(PP)
5:08 SYR Gourde (5), (Peca, Gudlevskis)(PP)
18:31 HER Ness (3), (Boyd, Lewington)
19:37 HER Sill (3), (Malone)(EN)

It's a hard pill to swallow losing when you outshoot an opponent 37-13. Goaltending remains the limiting factor that has to be questioned when you look at how far this Syracuse team can go. They have most everything else.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-25-16 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch overcome turkey coma to clip Marlies in OT.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the OT win.

First Period
3:41 TOR Kapanen (9), (Greening, Holl)
12:46 TOR Froese (9), (Leipsic)

Second Period
1:01 TOR Greening (3), (Clune)(SH)
2:10 SYR Morin (1), (Taormina, Comrie)(PP)
5:07 SYR Vermin (4), (Darcy, Peca)(PP)
5:42 SYR Bournival (5), (Masin)
15:00 TOR Rychel (3), (Leipsic, Valiev)(PP)
15:23 SYR Taormina (3), (Bournival, Letourneau-Leblond)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
1:59 SYR Blujus (1), (Walcott, Gourde)

Dylan Blujus and Gudlevskis were the game's first and third stars.

The Crunch having an early Thanksgiving hangover and falling behind 3-0 early at home was predictable but unacceptable. That was the theme of the night throughout the Lightning organization, by the way: the home Thanksgiving hangover. Fortunately, Syracuse showed a lot of resiliency in roaring back to life in the Second Period before Blujus eventually scored the winning goal in his return from injury. It's kind of a shame that Blujus got nicked up when he did given the injuries the Lightning have up top, because looking at his timetable he should be close to earning his first cup of coffee with the Lightning.

Syracuse pulls to within 3 points of the division lead with 2 games in hand on Albany. If they can go on a little run, first place seems there for the taking.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-23-16 Crunch at Comets

Crunch get Demko'ed.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on just 15 shots for the loss. He found himself in a goaltending duel and couldn't help covert Syracuse's 32-15 shot surplus into a win.

First Period
8:45 UTI Grenier (6), (Bancks, Valk)(PP)

Second Period
11:15 UTI Hulak (4), (Carcone)
13:58 SYR Richard (6), (Vermin)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Tanner Richard extended his goal scoring streak to four games. So, there was that.

Syracuse dips to 4th in the North Division in points with the loss. They'll get back to it Friday at home against Toronto.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-19-16 Devils at Crunch

Gudlevskis makes good.

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Fresh off of last night's shelling, Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:34 SYR Taormina (2), (Peca, Gourde)
4:06 SYR Richard (5), (Gourde, Taormina)
8:44 ALB Gormley (1), (Novak, Straka)(PP)
14:34 ALB Quenneville (5), (Blandisi, Jacobs)(PP)

Third Period
19:58 SYR Condra (3), (Vermin, Walcott)

Erik Condra. Yanni Gourde, and Matt Taormina were the game's three stars, with Condra scoring the game winner dekeing to his backhand off the rush with less than 3 seconds left in the game.

Tanner Richard now has a 3 game goal scoring streak and a 4 game point streak.

Syracuse is now just 2 points back of St. John's for first place in the North Division with a whopping 4 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-18-16 Crunch at Bears

Crunch strafed in Hershey.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 2 goals on 4 shots the rest of the way. Simply a dreadful night for the entire team, but particularly for the netminders.

First Period
8:03 HER Vrana (8), (Bourque, Djoos)
12:34 HER Thomas (5), (Djoos, Stephenson)(PP)
14:36 HER Bourque (3), (Stephenson, Mitchell)

Second Period
0:33 SYR Richard (4), (Conacher, Taormina)

Third Period
15:49 HER Thomas (6), (O'Brien, Stephenson)(PP)
19:29 HER Bourque (4), (Djoos, Carey)(PP)

With injuries up top in Tampa Bay, there are opportunities to earn call ups on the line. So, it's disappointing to see the team start flat and get run out of the game early. It's frankly not acceptable.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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