Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 2-17-18 Crunch at Checkers

Hard luck squeaker loss for Pasquale, Crunch.

SYR-0
CHA-2

Eddie Pasquale allowed just 1 goal on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:25 CHA Carrick (5), (Kruger)

Third Period
18:58 CHA Chelios (4), (Carrick)(EN)

Fun fact: Charlotte's GM (VP of Hockey Operations, technically) is former Lightning prospect goaltender Derek Wilkinson.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-14-18 Crunch at Comets

Crunch tell rivals to kiss off on Valentine's Day.

SYR-3
UTI-2 (SO)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 35 shots before stopping all seven shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
1:57 SYR Verhaeghe (9), (Bodie, Cirelli)
6:15 SYR Masin (8), (Stephens, Joseph)

Second Period
12:44 UTI Dziurzynski (1), (Comrie, Cassels)

Third Period
1:39 UTI Wiercioch (6), (Cameranesi, D'Aoust)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- McBain
UTI- NONE

Pasquale and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse's win vaults them 1 point ahead of Utica and Rochester into second place in the North Division with the Comets and Americans both holding a game in hand. Big win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

After Multiple Trades, Verhaeghe Producing for Syracuse Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Carter Verhaeghe is more well-traveled than most 22-year-old hockey players.

Originally drafted by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013, Verhaeghe has been traded twice and split the last two seasons between the ECHL and the AHL.

Verhaeghe believes his experience has helped mold him into a nearly point-per-game player this year for the Syracuse Crunch.

"I've been through a lot in my short career so far, and I think that only helps me," Verhaeghe said. "I've played for a bunch of different coaches and different teams, and I think everything has contributed to the player I am now."

AHL Game Night: 2-11-18 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Third Period excellence allows Syracuse to pull out a winning weekend.

SYR-3
BRI-2

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
12:21 BRI St. Denis (11), (unassisted)(PP)
14:55 SYR Masin (7), (Stephens)
16:52 BRI Dal Colle (6), (Bernier, Burroughs)(PP)

Third Period
3:02 SYR Stephens (17), (Volkov, McNeill)
8:01 SYR Yan (9), (Cernak, Masin)

Dominik Masin, Mitchell Stephens, and Dennis Yan were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-10-18 Rocket at Crunch

Archambault's individual play helps Crunch finish off Laval.

LAV-2
SYR-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:13 SYR Volkov (15), (Cirelli, McBain)(SH)
17:15 SYR Cirelli (10), (Joseph, McBain)

Second Period
9:57 LAV Broll (2), (Leblanc, Lernout)(PP)

Third Period
9:06 LAV Cracknell (19), (Parisi, Baun)
10:47 SYR Archambault (5), (unassisted)

Olivier Archambault and Pasquale were the game's first and second stars. Archambault's play beating a Rocket defender 1-on-1 off the rush allowed the Crunch to pull this one out of the fire after squandering an early 2-0 lead.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Answer Quickly in Win Over Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Less than two minutes after the Rocket evened the score, the Crunch responded.

Olivier Archambault scored a highlight reel goal and Syracuse held off Laval for the final 9:13, as the Crunch edged the Rocket, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The win snaps Syracuse’s four-game skid.

“Great play by (Archambault). Second effort and a great goal,” Crunch head coach Groulx said. “It’s always huge when you bounce back and respond with a goal like that.”

Crunch's Rally Falls Short in Shootout Loss to Wolf Pack


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believed his team deserved a better result.

The Crunch overcame a slow start and tied the score in the third after trailing by two, but the Hartford Wolf Pack prevailed in the shootout, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“The first period we weren’t doing many things right. I don’t think we had our legs and it seemed we were sluggish a little bit. Second, like I mentioned, you take two goals like that and it’s tough to recover right away. I thought we did that in the third,” Groulx said. “We had a very good third period, good overtime and we ended up losing in a shootout.”

AHL Game Night: 2-9-18 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Crunch comeback nets a point.

HFD-4
SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 15 shots before being lifted for veteran Eddie Pasquale. Pasquale stopped all 6 shots he faced before allowing two of three to convert in the penalty shot session.

First Period
10:23 HFD Tambellini (10), (unassisted)

Second Period
1:04 SYR Volkov (14), (Archambault, Cirelli)
1:14 HFD Chytil (9), (Schneider)
7:03 HFD Gropp (10), (Chytil, Sproul)
19:43 SYR Stephens (17), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)

Third Period
8:00 SYR Joseph (9), (Verhaeghe, Thomas)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HFD- Tambellini, Gropp
SYR- Verhaeghe

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

This was Pasquale's second appearance for Syracuse after making a brief 12 second appearance against Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Stephens Shining on Crunch's Scoring Lines


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, Mitchell Stephens may have been on the fourth line, but he wasn't a fourth-liner.

With a glut of healthy forwards and Tampa Bay not calling for reinforcements early this season, Groulx had the rookie center the team's fourth line. Once the inevitable injuries happened, Stephens earned more time on the Crunch's scoring lines.

With a point in 12 of the last 15 games, Stephens has become one of Syracuse's most consistent contributors offensively.

"I remember sitting down with him at one point and telling him that we had no injuries, no call-ups, and it's not because he was playing on the fourth line that we saw him as a fourth liner. ... We had four healthy lines and those lines were made in order to have the team balance," Groulx said. "We didn't see him as a defensive player. I think he needed those 10 games to get more confident and feel the water a little bit to see what it's like to play in this league. Then he started scoring and putting up points. He hasn't stopped since then."

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

Crunch lose a squeaker to Comets.

UTI-4
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.

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