Volkov, Alexander

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-21-18 Americans at Crunch

Volkov and Crunch outlast Rochester in Game Two to hold serve at home.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

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SYR-6

Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Bathe in sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period
3:48 SYR Peca (1), (Bodie, Condra)(PP)
15:43 RCH Blackwell (1), (Percy, Griffith)(PP)
18:31 SYR Joseph (1), (Peca, Masin)

Second Period
1:29 SYR Archambault (1), (Stephens, Peca)
2:15 SYR McNeill (1), (Condra, Lynch)
5:10 RCH Bailey (1), (Porter)(SH)
6:02 RCH Percy (1), (Malone, Blackwell)

Third Period
4:52 SYR Volkov (1), (McBain, Peca)
5:22 RCH Porter (1), (O'Regan)
5:59 SYR Volkov (2), (Bodie, Foote)
6:58 RCH Baptiste (1), (MacWilliam, Smith)

Matthew Peca, Alexander Volkov, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars.

The Crunch probably made this one a lot more exciting than it needed to be after staking themselves to a 4-1 lead early in the Second Period and surrendering a shorty to allow the Americans off the canvas. With that said, I'd have to think it's a pretty good endorsement of this past June's draft that Volkov and Cal Foote both figured in the eventual game winner.

Syracuse did what they needed to do by holding serve at home. But, just like with the big club, I have to caution that it's not a series until someone wins a road game. The Crunch can't get too high right now and need to play a solid road style to try to shorten this series and move along quickly. Nothing fancy. Just survive and advance as quickly as possible in this opening round best-of-five encounter.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-14-18 Americans at Crunch

Skeleton crew Crunch lose regular season finale.

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SYR-2

Olivier Mantha allowed 3 goals on 42 shots for the loss. Olivier Who? Exactly.

First Period
11:13 SYR Volkov (22), (Archambault, Verhaeghe)(PP)
13:01 RCH Bailey (10), (Smith, Griffith)(PP)
18:56 RCH Nylander (8), (unassisted)

Second Period
3:22 RCH Ross (7), (Fasching, Guhle)
5:55 SYR Volkov (23), (Spencer, Archambault)

Third Period
18:36 RCH Malone (12), (unassisted)(EN)

Alexander Volkov and Olivier Archambault were the game's second and third stars.

Syracuse iced a roster filled with PTO's and recalls from Adirondack. These two teams will meet again now in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a very different Crunch team next time around.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-30-18 Senators at Crunch

Alexander's greatness puts red hot Crunch over Belleville.

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SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:19 BEL Leier (2), (Paul)
5:57 SYR Volkov (20), (Dumont, Gallant)

Second Period
10:08 SYR Volkov (21), (Joseph, Thomas)

Third Period
3:16 SYR Joseph (15), (Dumont)
16:12 SYR Lynch (14), (Lipanov, Verhaeghe)

Alexander Volkov, Pasquale, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars. Volkov becomes the first Crunch player to clear 20 goals this season, which is quite the rookie campaign for a 2nd round pick who didn't have a huge body of work coming into this season. He's definitely justified the love of the Lightning scouts.

Syracuse is 8-0-0-1 in their last nine games and, oh by the way, the game's about to be a-Foote.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-14-18 Crunch at Devils

Syracuse punches their postseason ticket by punching Bingo square in the nose in emphatic victory.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory after having been returned to Syracuse at the conclusion of his emergency recall.

First Period
7:19 SYR Volkov (17), (Peca, Cernak)
15:19 SYR Yan (12), (Stephens)

Second Period
1:55 BNG Quenneville (12), (Santini, White)
9:19 SYR Yan (13), (unassisted)
13:20 SYR Lynch (10), (Stephens, Walcott)

Third Period
0:41 BNG Quenneville (13), (Kearns, Bertschy)(PP)
8:34 SYR Volkov (18), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)
17:33 SYR Archambault (7), (Condra, Peca)(PP)

Alexander Volkov and Dennis Yan were the game's first and second stars after potting a pair of goals each. Just a quick reminder: All Dennis Yan Does is Score (tm).

Syracuse becomes the second team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff berth. They still trail the Toronto Marlies by seven points in the race for the top spot in the North Division with Toronto holding two games in hand. But, the Crunch and their fans go to bed tonight secure in the knowledge they're in the dance and their young team is a legit threat to do damage once they get there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-24-18 Penguins at Crunch

Streaking Crunch now await outcome of NHL trade deadline.

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SYR-3

Connor Ingram allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for an impressive win. He hit a little rocky patch for a while, but he now has a sub-2.50 GAA and his save percentage is up to .906 for the campaign.

First Period
4:42 WBS Tiffels (2), (Quinney)

Second Period
1:35 SYR Dumont (1), (Bournival)(SH)

Third Period
6:02 SYR Volkov (16), (Walcott, Peca)
8:46 SYR Cirelli (12), (Joseph, Dumont)(PP)

Gabriel Dumont, Alexander Volkov, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars. That's right folks, Gabriel Dumont's triumphant return to the scoresheet for Syracuse has happened.

Syracuse opens up a little three point lead for second place in the North Division and are eight points back of first place Toronto. However, things get a little interesting now with the NHL trade deadline coming up on Monday. The prospect rich Lightning are in on some potentially big deals to improve the big club that would more likely subtract from Syracuse than add to its roster.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-3-18 Comets at Crunch

Crunch lose a squeaker to Comets.

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SYR-2

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
17:14 SYR Archambault (4), (Yan, Condra)

Second Period
15:34 SYR Volkov (13), (McNeill, McBain)
18:39 UTI Holm (10), (Boucher, Chaput)
18:55 UTI Blujus (4), (Archibald, D'Aoust)

Third Period
9:12 UTI Holm (11), (Archibald, Goldobin)(PP)
18:44 UTI Hamilton (3), (Holm, D'Aoust)(EN)

Alexander Volkov was the game's second star.

The Crunch fell despite building a 2-0 lead with less than 15 minutes left to go in the game and ultimately outshooting Utica 36-24.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Opinion: Lightning at the Halfway Mark

Forty games into a historic 2017-2018 season, let's take a moment to pause, step out of the moment, and take stock of where the club is. Sitting halfway through the campaign expectations for the team, which missed the postseason just a year ago, are sky high for good reason. Not only is the Lightning atop the NHL standings a full 13 points ahead of the pace they need to be in order to make the postseason, but the team leads a bevy of organizational and individual statistical categories.

Let's pump the breaks on prematurely planning a Stanley Cup championship parade, though. There's still half of the regular season and the postseason left to play, and as good as the team is, it's not without blemishes. How General Manager Steve Yzerman addresses those blemishes (or doesn't) and how any potential changes alters team chemistry (or doesn't) will have a lot to say about whether the team lives up to its perceived potential. So, with all of that in mind, let's look at how the team got here, what its weaknesses are, and what might happen next.

AHL Game Night: 12-31-17 Crunch at Senators

Syracuse ends 2017 with plenty of fireworks.

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BNG-0

Connor Ingram stopped all 29 shots he faced for his second career shutout. With Domingue up top, Ingram's had a nice start to his tenure as the #1 for the Crunch. Budaj's injury may not be as serious as originally feared, but for however long he has to mind the store Ingram's doing it with style so far.

First Period
15:18 SYR Peca (7), (Verhaeghe)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
2:25 SYR Stephens (7), (Yan, Thomas)
6:31 SYR Volkov (9), (Cirelli, Bodie)
14:22 SYR Volkov (10), (Bournival, McBain)(PP)
17:34 SYR Stephens (8), (Yan, Walcott)

Ingram, Alexander Volkov, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars. Volkov with four goals in the two weekend games and Peca caps December with 5-10-15 in 13 games. Needless to say, these are two guys sliding their resumes on Yzerman's desk for a potential recall.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-30-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch dispose of rival Comets in a lengthy shootout.

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SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 17 shots before stopping 8 of 11 in a lengthy penalty shot session for the SO victory. With Budaj's injury moving Domingue up to the big league, Ingram's got a window of opportunity here to prove his worth until and if BriseBois brings in another goaltender to help bolster the Crunch.

First Period
9:59 SYR Volkov (7), (Verhaeghe, McNeill)
15:41 UTI Carcone (7), (Archibald, Brisebois)

Second Period
14:15 UTI Roy (1), (Chatfield)

Third Period
5:28 SYR Volkov (8), (Joseph, Cirelli)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
UTI- Archibald, Holm, Cassels
SYR- Volkov, Joseph, Erne, Thomas

Alexander Volkov and Ben Thomas were the game's first and third stars. Volkov had quite a night with both goals in regulation and the opening marker for Syracuse in the Shootout.

Syracuse continues to slowly creep up onto the heels of Rochester and Toronto atop the division. They're now 7 points back of Toronto with a game in hand and 9 points back of the Americans with a pair of games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-9-17 Crunch at Senators

New Crunchning Death Star vaporizes Sens to run streak to nine.

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BEL-0

Connor Ingram stopped all 18 shots he faced for the shutout victory, his first shutout as a pro.

First Period
9:01 SYR Volkov (5), (Lynch, Thomas)
14:37 SYR Stephens (4), (Volkov, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
7:35 SYR McBain (4), (Volkov, Peca)(PP)
15:05 SYR Stephens (5), (Masin)(SH)

Third Period
10:37 SYR Cirelli (6), (Erne, Joseph)(PP)
16:09 SYR Volkov (6), (Peca, Masin)

Alexander Volkov, Mitchell Stephens, and Ingram were the game's three stars.

Tonight you started to see the quality of the depth the Crunch have, prospect-wise, start to show. This isn't a team that has top scoring line NHL caliber skill on it, but everywhere you look there's a really high energy player who is a strong 200 foot player and plays a strong possession game. Cirelli and Joseph, in particular, had their way in the previous two games. Tonight was Volkov and Stephens' turn.

I'll also throw some love Dominik Masin's way tonight, as he had two assists and has been really good since joining the Crunch after some injuries nagged him in camp. He's formed a very solid pair with rookie Erik Cernak, and the mind wanders to thoughts of whether that may be a pair in the NHL in a couple of years time.

Syracuse is now 4 games over .500 and sits just 3 points back of Rochester for second in the North Division after the Americans dropped their game a shootout tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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