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AHL Game Day: 4-3-16 Crunch at Comets

Syracuse crushes Utica, keeping extremely slim hopes alive.

SYR-7
UTI- 3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
UTI LaBate, (9) (Hensick, Landry), 9:02 (PP)

Second Period
UTI Bancks, (14) (Hensick, Landry), 5:11
SYR Vermin, (7) (Peca), 7:04 (SH)
SYR Darcy, (4) (Taormina, Dotchin), 9:06
SYR Vermin, (8) (Peca, Taormina), 10:04 (PP)
UTI Friesen, (12) (Grenier, Fedun), 13:50 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Erne, (13) (Walcott, Blujus), 2:01
SYR Ikonen, (3) (Richard, Thomas), 3:39
SYR Tambellini, (25) (Peca), 17:56
SYR Tambellini, (26) (Thomas, McGinn), 19:18

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

It's kind of remarkable that the day Jonathan Drouin sat out due to a lower body injury that the Crunch went and scored 7 goals.

Peca continues his strong late season charge, extending his points streak to 6 games with 1 goal and 10 points in that span. Going back to March 6th, he's got 1 goal and 16 points in a 13 game stretch, including 5 multi-point games. He's definitely throwing his hat in the ring to be the next Conacher/Johnson type in the Lightning organization.

Speaking of multi-point efforts, Ben Thomas had his first as a pro today. He's got 3 helpers in his first 4 pro games. He's been like found money thus far for Syracuse.

Unfortunately, despite the severity of today's whipping of the Comets, it still only counts as 2 points in the standings. That places Syracuse 6 points back of Utica for 3rd in the North Division with the Comets still holding a game in hand. Portland and Bridgeport maintain an 8 point gap on Syracuse in the crossover scenario, so it looks like catching Utica in the final 5 regular season games is the formula for the postseason. The Crunch do have 2 more head-to-head matchups against the Comets, but it's still going to be like threading the needle for the Crunch to make the playoffs.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-31-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(2)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 28/30, 1.48 GAA, .933 sv%
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 10-2-0, 2 SO, 1.45 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Panthers pick Yaroslov Kosov scored 1:37 into Second OT to send Magnitogorsk to the Gagarin Cup Final by virtue of a 3-2 Game Five win over Ufa. Ex-NHLer Alexander Semin also had a pair of helpers in the win. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Maxim Mayorov had a goal for Ufa in defeat.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-29-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 1 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 3
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 9-2-0, 2 SO, 1.44 GAA, .953 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-NHLers Alexander Semin and Wojtek Wolski each contributed goals for Magnitogorsk in their 3-1 Game Three victory over Ufa. Magnitka is now 1 win away from advancing to the Gagarin Cup Final to face CSKA.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-28-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(6)St. Petersburg 1 vs. (1)CSKA 2 (OT)
CSKA Wins the Series 4-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 5-9-14, -2, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev played just 3 shifts and 2:32 in SKA's 2-1 OT loss to CSKA. CSKA advances to the Gagarin Cup Final by virtue of the sweep. Ex-Blues pick Sergei Andronov scored the OT winner 1:02 into the extra session. Nikita Gusev signed an extension with SKA during the regular season and is expected to stay in the KHL next season with the club.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-27-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(4)Ufa 3 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 21/24, 3.04 GAA, .875 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 8-2-0, 2 SO, 1.49 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin lost for just the second time in the KHL playoffs as Ufa nipped Magnitka 3-2 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals. Ex-NHLer Sami Lepisto had the GWG for Ufa and had 2 goals, overall, in the match. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Maxim Mayorov also chipped in 2 assists for Ufa in the win.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-25-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(2)Magnitogorsk 6 vs. (4)Ufa 1
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 41/42, 1.01 GAA, .976 sv%
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 8-1-0, 2 SO, 1.32 GAA, .958 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

6 different goalscorers contributed for Magnitogorsk in their 6-1 Game Two steamrolling of Ufa. Magnitka's attack included 1 goal and 3 points by ex-NHL'er Alexander Semin. Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 41 shots for the win.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-24-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(1)CSKA 3 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 2
CSKA Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 13 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov scored the game winning goal on the power play with under 4 minutes left in the Third Period to lift CSKA to a 3-2 Game Two win over SKA. Radulov also had a helper in the match. Ex-Syracuse Crunch forward Geoff Platt had CSKA's other two goals in the win. Nikita Gusev played 16:28 in the match for SKA.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-23-16

KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(2)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (4)Ufa 2 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Win, 47/49, 1.34 GAA, .959 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 2 SO, 1.35 GAA, .954 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 9:37 into the second OT of Game One to deliver Magnitogorsk and 3-2 win over Ufa. Mozyakin also had a helper in the win. Ex-Wings second rounder Igor Grigorenko had a goal in defeat for Ufa and ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark added a pair of helpers.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-22-16

KHL Western Conference Finals
(1)CSKA 3 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 0
CSKA Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 12 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Isles third rounder Ilya Sorokin stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout in CSKA's 3-0 Game One win over SKA. Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane DaCosta had a goal in the match for CSKA. Nikita Gusev played 20:10 in the loss.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-17-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(6)St. Petersburg 2 vs. (5)Dynamo Moscow 0
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 5-9-14, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored the eventual GWG on the power play in St. Petersburg's 2-0, Game Six, series-clinching win over Dynamo Moscow. The forward played 15:40 in the match. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen turned aside all 31 shots he faced for the shutout. SKA St. Petersburg advances to the KHL Western Conference Finals where they will face top-seeded CSKA.

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