Peca, Matthew

AHL Game Night: 4-17-15 Flames at Crunch

Snake bitten and still struggling.

SYR-4 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. After getting his save percentage up as high as .906, Gudlevskis' recent struggles have dropped him back down to the goaltending Mendoza line of .900.

First Period
SYR Vermin, (12) (Peca, Koekkoek), 4:39
ADK Poirier, (18) , Reinhart, 19:16

Second Period
SYR Point, (2) (Marchessault, Kunyk), 0:47
SYR Gourde, (29) (Point, Ikonen), 4:52
ADK Yonkman, (2) (Tousignant, Harris), 16:24

Third Period
SYR Marchessault, (24) (Dotchin, Peca), 3:29
ADK Wolf, (20) (Kulak), 13:43
ADK Elson, (17) , 16:31

ADK Agostino, (14) (Kulak, Arnold), 0:39

Jonathan Marchessault and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars. Throw in that Matthew Peca had his first multi-point night as a pro, and you had a hat trick of important Lightning forward prospects producing. Therein lies the silver lining of tonight's loss: the offense is starting to come around, finally. That doesn't take all the sting out of coughing up a pair of 2 goal leads, but it's something.

Syracuse sits 2 points behind Hartford for the division lead, which will yield the East #3 seed in the playoffs.

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AHL Game Night: 4-4-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Comeback bid comes close to paying off.


Allen York allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Again, paging Adam Wilcox?

First Period
BRI Mouillierat, (21) (Halmo, Collberg), 17:49

Second Period
BRI Pulock, (16) (Quine, Ness), 3:47 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Marchessault, (22) (Kunyk, Dotchin), 3:50
SYR Lynch, (2) (Peca, Dodero), 7:34
BRI Sundstrom, (7) (Pulock, Quine), 14:50 (PP)

One thing about the Crunch this year, when changes to the roster have come it's taken a few games for them to adjust. Once they do, though, it's lights out. So, I expect Syracuse to settle in here, soon, and especially when they get Koekkoek and Witkowski back from Tampa Bay. They could be frightening when that happens, especially if they get more good goaltending from Gudlevskis and possibly Wilcox.

Matthew Peca got his first pro point on a fantastic setup on what was, at the time, the tying goal at 2-2 for the Crunch.

Syracuse remains 4 points up on Hartford in the division with both teams having 6 games left on the regular season slate.

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AHL Game Night: 4-3-15 Crunch at Wolf Pack

Epic Third Period collapse.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 29 shots before giving way to Allen York who allowed 1 on 2 shots for the back door loss. Looooots of goaltender speculation on the Twitter box tonight. Paging Adam Wilcox.

First Period
SYR Vermin, (11) , 6:56
SYR Gourde, (27) (Mormina, Cote), 7:47

Second Period
HFD Haggerty, (14) , 6:50
SYR Martindale, (14) (Marchessault, Nightingale), 18:47

Third Period
HFD Hrivik, (10) (Haggerty, Kristo), 3:55 (PP)
SYR Martindale, (15) (Gourde), 4:14 (SH)
HFD Vaive, (13) (Bodie, Lindberg), 8:00 (PP)
HFD Bourque, (27) (Crabb, Allen), 9:54
HFD Hrivik, (11) (Hughes, R. Bourque), 15:44
HFD Mueller, (13) , 19:32 (EN/PP)

Ryan Martindale was the game's second star.

Matthew Peca was scoreless in his pro debut in the game.

Syracuse clinched a playoff spot despite the loss, due to Albany's shootout win over Springield.

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AHL Game Night: 4-1-15 Senators at Crunch

Crunch lose a tight one with reinforcements on the way.

SYR-2 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the OT loss. He made several key stops to allow the Crunch to secure 1 point in the contest.

First Period
BNG Prince, (24) (Camper), 4:05
SYR Angelidis, (20) (Courtnall, Vermin), 12:32
BNG Camper, (14) (Schneider, A. Grant), 17:53 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Martindale, (13) (Marchessault), 1:23

Third Period

BNG Wideman, (17) (Dzingel), 3:06

Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

Syracuse has already lost Namestnikov and three regular defensemen to recall because of various injuries up top in Tampa Bay. They've gotten a little help with the signing of Brayden Point to an ATO and bringing the likes of Jared Nightingale back into the fold for a spell. They're about to get even more reinforcements, though, with today's signing of forward Matthew Peca and the word that goaltender Adam Wilcox is also likely to sign with the Lightning and may be assigned to Syracuse, as well. If they can get Koekkoek and Witkowski, at least, back from Tampa Bay and the likes of Tanner Richard back from injury, this could take a decent Syracuse roster to the level of a reasonable title contender in the playoffs. If one or two other active junior players can also join in the fun, all the better.

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AHL Game Night: 3-28-15 Americans at Crunch



Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the hard luck loss. His save percentage has inched up to .906 for the season, despite the loss.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
RCH McPherson, (2) (Catenacci, Ruhwedel), 4:04
RCH Catenacci, (12) , 19:52 (EN)

Gudlevskis was the game's second star. First star Andrey Makarov, who was Andrei Vasilevkiy's tandem-mate with the Russian U20 WJC team once upon a time, stopped 32 shots for the shutout.

ATO signee Brayden Point was -2 with 3 SOG's in his pro debut. As noted yesterday, there are a handful of other potential ATO's which could be added to the Syracuse roster this week, including graduating Quinnipiac senior forward Matthew Peca.

The loss, coupled with Hershey's win, puts Syracuse back into the 3rd seed, 1 point back of the Bears. 9 games remain on the regular season slate.

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AHL Game Night: 3-27-15 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Peaking at the right time?


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 41 shots for the victory. Bridgeport made a big push in the Third Period, outshooting Syracuse 19-7 and getting a couple of goals, but Gudlevskis was ultimately able to get Syracuse over the finish line to secure the win.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (19) (Ashton, Gourde), 2:41 (PP)
BRI Quine, (19) (Mayfield, Pelech), 15:36

Second Period
SYR Martindale, (12) (Kunyk, Marchessault), 3:06
SYR Dotchin, (6) (Mormina, Marchessault), 14:31 (PP)

Third Period
BRI Jeffrey, (22) (Ness), 5:21
SYR Vermin, (10) (Courtnall, Angelidis), 9:48
BRI McMillan, (3) (Sundstrom, Vaughan), 17:26

Joel Vermin, Jake Dotchin, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars.

The game got a little nasty in the Second Period, with matching ejections that led to Carter Ashton's early departure from the game for being involved in a secondary altercation.

Note that none of the Crunch's recent ATO signees, including highly touted Brayden Point, made their debuts tonight. More additions could be on the way with goaltender Adam Wilcox and Minnesota already knocked out of the NCAA Tournament tonight and Matthew Peca's Quinnipiac Bobcats down 3-0 early in the Second Period at the time of this posting. Both highly touted prospects could possibly make an immediate contribution at the AHL level.

Syracuse leapfrogs over Hershey into the second seed with the win. They're 4 points behind Manchester for the top spot in the conference (and the league) with the Monarchs holding a game in hand. The Crunch have 10 games left in the regular season, which is a nice time to go on a tear like the current, ongoing 4 game winning streak.

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AHL Game Night: 3-22-15 Crunch at Falcons

Blujuspalooza continues.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 14 shots for the victory. Not a typo. Light work for the Yak today.

First Period
SYR Courtnall, (6) (Blujus, Vermin), 10:25
SPR Adam, (14) (Chaput, Hoeffel), 16:52

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (19) (Blujus, Richard), 3:04 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (26) (Ashton, Koekkoek), 19:40 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (18) (Mormina), 14:03

Jonathan Marchessault and Dylan Blujus were the game's first and second stars. Blujus with back-to-back multi-point games for the first time in his pro career.

Justin Courtnall continues to look like another Julien BriseBois trash to treasure conversion.

Things get interesting in the next couple of weeks for Syracuse as the amateur ranks yield some ATO opportunities for the Lightning organization. Specifically, Brayden Point could be a prime addition on an ATO for the Crunch, and an early exit from the NCAA tournament could put Matthew Peca in a Crunch jersey very soon, too. Both would be nice additions to a Crunch team in need of more speed and skill, especially up the middle.

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NCAA Game Night: 1-31-15

No. 1 North Dakota 4 @ No. 5 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 (SO)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-5-15, +9, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota was looking to avenge an overtime loss the previous night and got it Saturday night after O'Donnell delivered some overtime heroics, notching his 10th goal of the season in the process.

No. 18 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Brown Bears 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-21-26, +1, 21 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca followed his very productive Friday night with a helper on a third period tally that gave Quinnipiac the lead but Brown was able to respond soon after to force a stalemate.

Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 vs Wisconsin Badgers 4 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 21 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 24 GP, 12-8-3, 2.68 GAA, .901 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Seth Ambroz (2011 5th rounder - CBJ) scored in the final seconds of regulation to cap a wild third period that saw both teams combine for five goals. After a scoreless overtime period, Wisconsin technically won the ensuing shootout.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-30-2013

No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 3 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 20 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 13 GP, 10-2-1, 2.21 GAA, .921 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox had a light workload, especially in the third period where Minnesota took over the game, which it won with a last-minute strike.

Massachusetts Minutemen 1 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 6 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

QU got a balanced offensive effort Saturday night, scoring three even-strength and power play goals apiece, all scored by a different player.

No. 13 Miami RedHawks 6 @ Bemidji State Beavers 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Former Bolts development camper Austin Czarnik had 5 assists.

Saint Lawrence Saints 2 @ North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UND rebounded from a rough Friday night loss.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Dartmouth Big Green 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-6-7, -4, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

The Crimson had trouble solving the Big Green's team defense and netminder Charles Grant. Harvard registering just 23 shots on goal for the game, even with six power play opportunities, all of Dartmouth successfully killed.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-27-2013

No. 4 Providence Friars 3 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-6-9, +6, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

QU rebounded from an upset at the hands of Princeton by managing a tie against the team ahead of it in the standings. In addition to his goal, Peca had 7 shots, including a backhand bid to win the game in the OT after skating end-to-end with the puck on his stick.

*USCHO poll used

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