Peca, Matthew

AHL Game Night: 2-28-16 Crunch at Senators

Crunch steal a wild, improbable win.

BNG-4 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 32 shots before stopping 4 of 5 in the penalty shot session for the 5-4 SO win.

First Period
BNG Puempel, (14) (Varone, Kostka), 1:19 (PP)
BNG Leduc, (8) , 3:46

Second Period
BNG Puempel, (15) (Akeson), 8:53

Third Period
SYR Blunden, (17) (Richard, DeAngelo), 5:42 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (18) (DeAngelo, Richard), 9:32 (PP)
SYR Vermin, (4) (Blujus, Dotchin), 15:26
BNG Kostka, (5) (Varone, Akeson), 19:11
SYR McGinn, (17) (Richard, Tambellini), 19:51


SYR- Blunden, Peca
BNG- Akeson

Mike Blunden and Tanner Richard were the game's first and third stars.

A 3 goals deficit in pro hockey SHOULD be a death sentence. Syracuse improbably erased a 3 goal deficit after 40 minutes only to see ex-Lightning property Mike Kostka put Bingo ahead with under a minute to go. Not to be deterred, Tye McGinn tied the game with under 10 seconds to go before Matthew Peca eventually put it away in the Shootout. When you cough up a 3 goal lead like that, it's emotionally devastating. When you come back and win a game by erasing one, it can be emotionally galvanizing. We'll see if the Crunch get a bounce off of this win.

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AHL Game Night: 2-26-16 Senators at Crunch

Peca and hope return.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory, in a one game cameo performance before heading back to Tampa Bay.

First Period
SYR Peca, (5) (McGinn, Tambellini), 1:04
BNG Hobbs, (2) (McCormick, Robinson), 5:39
SYR Koekkoek, (5) (Peca), 9:58
SYR Angelidis, (6) (DeAngelo, McGinn), 13:13

Second Period
BNG Robinson, (13) (Kostka, Fraser), 9:28

Third Period

Matthew Peca, Vasilevskiy, and Tye McGinn were the game's three stars. Peca, playing in his first game in a little over a month due to injury, had 1 goal and 1 assist in the First Period alone. I don't want to overplay Peca like he's the second coming, but he's the type of player that Syracuse doesn't have much of: a skilled playmaking centerman. They've got lots of grit, but not guys that are creators who put pressure on the opposing defense. That's why Peca's so important to Syracuse and why I have a sneaking suspicion their nosedive over the last month and Peca's injury were highly related.

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AHL Game Night: 1-16-16: Penguins at Crunch

Wilcox halts Pens' winning streak.


Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Erne, (6) (Taormina, Tambellini), 11:31 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (14) (Gourde, Drouin), 12:20 (PP)
WBS Archibald, (5) (Simon), 17:39
SYR Blunden, (8) (Peca), 19:47

Second Period

Third Period
WBS Dea, (11) (Rowney, Uher), 4:47 (PP)
SYR Richard, (4) (Blunden), 19:39 (EN)

Wilcox, Matthew Peca, and Matt Blunden were the game's three stars.

Your nightly Drouinsanity update: 1 power play assist. Would like to see him shoot the puck more.

The Crunch's win stopped a 7 game winning streak that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was on.

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AHL Game Night: 1-10-16 Crunch at Americans

Drouinsanity weekend ends with Syracuse collecting 4 of 6 points.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, and was likely the margin in the contest today. He left the game Friday after feeling ill, but evidently got enough Vitamin C in the time between then and tonight.

First Period
SYR Tambellini, (16) (Peca), 1:31

Second Period

Third Period
SYR Ikonen, (2) (Peca, Taormina), 2:27
RCH Akeson, (7) (Leduc, Pysyk), 9:44 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

It was a quiet night for Drouin as Syracuse, in general, struggled a bit offensively. They were outshot 29-22 on the night, but still pulled out the win.

The win allowed Syracuse to move up into 4th in the North Division, leapfrogging over both Rochester and the Utica Comets.

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AHL Game Night: 12-19-15 Penguins at Crunch



Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Kostopoulos, (7) (Sundqvist, Andersen), 6:20

Second Period

Third Period
WBS O'Neill, (4) (Mouillierat, Rust), 3:33
WBS Kuhnhackl, (6) (Simon), 5:19

Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

Syracuse actually outshot Wilke-Barre/Scranton 30-23 in the contest, but couldn't find the scoresheet.

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AHL Game Night: 12-4-15 Senators at Crunch

Erne's baaaaaaaaaaaack!


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, further pumping up his season save percentage to .938. Stylish.

First Period
SYR Erne, (1) (Angelidis, Walcott), 8:02
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Tambellini, Erne), 12:31

Second Period

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (5) (DeAngelo, Peca), 1:06 (PP)
SYR Tambellini, (7) (Angelidis, Erne), 8:22
BNG Puempel, (5) (Dzingel, Carlisle), 11:49
SYR Witkowski, (1) (Peca), 19:30

Adam Erne, Gudlevskis, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars.

Top flight prospect played his first game in over a month returning from injury, and immediately dropped points in triplicate, including his first goal of the season 8:02 into the game. So it took him less than a half a period to knock of the rust, I guess. Erne's performance coupled with a pair of assists by Matthew Peca are a welcome sign for a Crunch team that needs their top rookie pro forwards to chip in like core players if they're going to reach their ceiling this year as a club.

The Crunch have a ton of games in hand relative to most of the teams in the Eastern Conference, so a winning streak moving forward could be a chance to climb very quickly in the standings.

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Peca Getting Comfortable, Consistent With Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Matthew Peca’s goals in back-to-back games looked eerily similar.

The Syracuse Crunch center picked the puck off the half wall, danced through multiple defenders to the slot, and wristed a shot into the back of the net. Peca used his speed and skill to get into prime scoring areas, and was rewarded with three points in his last two games.

Peca is getting more comfortable and consistent as he continues to develop during his rookie season.

“Over the last couple weeks his game has been more consistent,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “He’s skating a little more consistently, he’s starting to protect pucks down low, and you see these goals he is scoring off the half wall and moving into the high traffic areas -- that’s where he’s really good. He just needs to get there often and use his speed to his advantage.”

AHL Game Night: 11-14-15 Comets at Crunch

Gudlevskis stands on his head.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 48 shots for the victory. That's darned near shades of the Lightning's affiliation with Springfield territory, when guys like Boutin were having to fend off 50-some shots a game. He gets back on track and one ups Wilcox who has had a couple of good starts in a row and now we have two goaltenders cooking in the AHL in a way that the Lightning haven't seen since the heady days of Tokarski and Janus. This is good.

First Period

Second Period
SYR Vermin, (3) (Nesterov, Mormina), 10:45
UTI Zalewski, (3) (Pedan, Fedun), 12:23

Third Period
SYR Peca, (4) (Vermin, DeAngelo), 1:01 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Joel Vermin and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

Syracuse punctuated their victory tonight with a feverish 5-on-3 PK toward the end of the Third Period to seal the win.

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AHL Game Night: 11-13-15 Senators at Crunch

Extra hockey fun in Syracuse.

SYR-4 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the OT victory. Not surprisingly, Zettler rode the hot hand from last weekend. It's up to Gudlevskis to take the lead dog's job back.

First Period
BNG Hobbs, (1) (Robinson, Fraser), 3:13
SYR Peca, (3) (Witkowski, Vermin), 10:31
BNG Lindberg, (3) (Dzingel, Kostka), 19:01

Second Period
BNG Robinson, (1) (Claesson), 15:19 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Vermin, (2) (DeAngelo, Wilcox), 2:13 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (1) (Peca, Vermin), 12:16 (PP)

SYR Tambellini, (4) (Gourde, Witkowski), 3:30

Wilcox, Joel Vermin, and Jeff Tambellini were the game's three stars.

My running theory for this season for the Crunch is that their ceiling ultimately depends on Matthew Peca's development. The Crunch need his speed and creativity to give them some offensive punch off the rush and on counters to augment the more meat and potatoes approach they showed to manufacturing goals most of last season. So, anytime Peca gets a multi point game, that's a good sign.

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AHL Game Night: 10-18-15 Crunch at Wolf Pack


Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss in his season debut. So Gudlevskis starts the season the clear top dog in the crease.

First Period
SYR Peca, (1) (Vermin, Dotchin), 12:19 GIF GIF

Second Period
HFD Hrivik, (1) (Adam, Andersson), 12:33 GIF
HFD Megna, (1) (Tambellini), 13:57 GIF

Third Period
HFD Bourque, (1) (Diaz, Gibbons), 3:05 (PP) GIF
HFD Gibbons, (2) , 15:05 GIF
SYR Paradis, (2) (Taormina, McGinn), 16:55 GIF
HFD Hughes, (1) (Bodie, Nehring), 18:14 (EN/SH)GIF

Matthew Peca potted his first goal and first point of the season. He's an important piece if Syracuse is going to improve on last season's performance.

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