Volkov, Alexander

AHL Game Night: 2-29-20 Americans at Crunch

Wedgewood stands on his head to spur Crunch victory.

RCH-2
SYR-4

Scott Wedgewood allowed 2 goals on 45 shots for the victory. That's his best performance since about mid-month.

First Period
4:20 RCH Oglevie (14), (Murray, MacWilliam)
4:53 SYR Smith (21), (Abbandonato, Volkov)

Second Period
8:03 SYR Volkov (9), (Joseph, Colton)(PP)

Third Period
0:23 RCH Asplund (3), (Mittlestadt, Leier)(PP)
5:07 SYR Katchouk (13), (Bird, Somppi)
19:34 SYR Colton (11), (unassisted)(EN)

Alexander Volkov and Wedgewood were the game's first and second stars.

Periodic reminder that Ross Colton is quietly killing it with 2-11-13 in his last 11 games, spitting out helpers like a Pez dispenser.

With points in nine of their last ten games, Syracuse has a three point cushion on fifth place in the North Division and sits just two points behind Utica for third place. However, other than Laval, the competition all has two or three games in hand on Syracuse, so they must keep streaking to keep postseason dreams alive.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-15-20 Americans at Crunch

Crunch comeback falls short in shootout.

RCH-4
SYR-3 (SO)

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 38 shots before allowing 2 of 3 shooters to convert in the PS session for the SO loss. Syracuse was outshot 38-18 in this contest, so it's clear that Martin's performance held his team in the game, which may be a sign this diminished workload is more in line with what he can handle at this point in his development.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:44 SYR Somppi (5), (Walcott)
4:42 RCH Murray (8), (Oglevie, Hickey)
12:52 RCH MacWilliam (2), (Mittlestadt)

Third Period
0:38 SYR Katchouk (11), (Martel, D. Stephens)
1:13 SYR Volkov (7), (Thomas, Colton)
5:28 RCH Smith(10), (Bryson, Asplund)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
RCH- Oglevie, Mittlestadt
SYR- NONE

Martin and Alexander Volkov were the game's first and second stars.

I'd love to see a stat of how many points the Crunch have lost from a leading position in the Third Period this season. It's got to be an astronomically large number, at this point, although in this case you can't gripe too much when they came into the final regulation fram trailing.

With a six game streak (4-0-0-2) Syracuse has moved into fifth position in the North Division 3 points clear of Laval and 1 point back of Toronto. However, the Marlies still hold three games in hand, so Syracuse HAS to keep streaking to give themselves a chance.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 2-13-20 Oilers at Lightning

Lightning starting to look like an unbreakable machine.

EDM-1
TB-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. Unbeaten in his last 20 starts. The man's going to mess around and win another Vezina.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
4:39 TB Maroon (7), (Gaunce, Schenn)
9:36 EDM Jones (3), (Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl)
13:01 TB Gourde (8), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
19:04 TB Paquette (5), (Point, Killorn)(EN)

Yanni Gourde and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and second stars. Gourde finally took his mojo back from Killorn. That's my guess, at least.

Granted, Edmonton's dealing with a rash of important injuries, too. But, with five regulars out of the lineup and Cameron Gaunce having to take a regular shift at forward (for crying out loud) the Lightning still looked poised and determined within their good hockey structure and habits en route to outshooting the Oilers 37-30 and winning their ninth in a row. They once again move to within a lone point of Boston for the league's top mark and show no signs of letting up.

Cameron Gaunce had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 9:13. At forward? Ordinarily, I'd be revolted at anyone not named Fredrik Modin being allowed the honor of wearing #33 for the Lightning, but he did it justice tonight.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 and 56% on 18 draws in 16:48. Once again, accepted the greater responsibilities and ice time well.

Alexander Volkov was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:43.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-5-20 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Crunch rise back to .500.

SYR-3
BRI-2

Scott Wedgewood allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the win, including turning away a penalty shot opportunity.

First Period
17:51 BRI Bardreau (2), (Ho-Sang, Bourque)

Second Period
1:32 SYR Abbandonato (3), (Katchouk, D. Stephens)
16:25 BRI Ho-Sang (2), (Koivula, Aho)

Third Period
7:57 SYR Martel (15), (Katchouk, Masin)
13:27 SYR Volkov (6), (Barre-Boulet, Abbandonato)

Alexander Volkov and Peter Abbandonato were the game's first and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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