Syracuse Crunch

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-23-19 Crunch at Monsters

Desperate Crunch stave off elimination.

SYR-2
CLE-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-1

Eddie Pasquale turned aside 25 of 26 for the victory.

First Period
12:10 SYR Barre-Boulet (1), (Stephens, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:31 SYR Andreoff (1), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)(PP)
12:47 CLE Scott (2), (Dalpe)(SH)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and second stars.

Backs against the wall, Syracuse grossly outshot Cleveland 20-8 through the first 40 minutes tonight and, but for some bad luck with some posts, probably deserved to have a much larger than 1-0 lead. Thankfully, they got the insurance marker on the PP early in the Third Period and then managed to withstand the age-old score effects surge from the Monsters the rest of the way. Game Four will really tell the tale, though, because I expect a lot more urgency from Cleveland facing the prospect of having to go to a decisive Game Five on the road in Syracuse if they fail to deliver in their own barn. Syracuse could really use a break through in their secondary scoring to help make that happen.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-20-19 Monsters at Crunch

Everything is bad in the Lightning organization right now.

CLE-5
SYR-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:18 CLE Scott (1), (MacInnis)
12:36 SYR Colton (1), (Conacher, Verhaeghe)(PP)
17:15 CLE DeSalvo (1), (Milano, Carlsson)

Third Period
9:05 CLE Letestu (2), (Milano)
15:47 CLE Milano (1), (Carlsson)(EN)
17:40 CLE Barach (1), (unassisted)(EN)

I feel like I'm watching that episode of Married With Children where the devil makes a deal with Al Bundy to take the Bears to the Super Bowl, but then takes his football powers away so he can't win the Super Bowl... except hockey, and an entire organization.

https://theahl.com/stats/game-summary/1019540

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-19-19 Monsters at Crunch

:Face palm:

CLE-5
SYR-3

Cleveland Leads the Series 1-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
10:15 CLE Letestu (1), (Milano, DeSalvo)
12:26 CLE MacInnis (1), (unassisted)
17:55 SYR Volkov (1), (Verhaeghe, Gaunce)(PP)

Third Period
10:49 SYR Conacher (1), (Gaunce, Verhaeghe)(PP)
13:09 CLE Stenlund (1), (Sherwood, Cockerill)(PP)
14:01 CLE Dalpe (1), (MacInnis, Vigneault)
18:08 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Barre-Boulet, Conacher)
19:23 CLE Simpson (1), (unassisted)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe and Alex Barre-Boulet were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse was guilty of getting off to a slow start and didn't get back to even footing until midway through the final frame, only to come apart at the seams and allowed a couple of goals in less than a minute shortly thereafter. So now the Crunch fall squarely behind the eight ball going into Game Two, and I'm starting to really, REALLY hate the state of Ohio.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-14-19 Crunch at Comets

Crunch end regular season with a little rest.

SYR-3
UTI-4 (SO)

Atte Tolvanen started for the scratched Eddie Pasquale and allowed 3 goals on 42 shots before conceding to two of three shooters for the SO defeat.

First Period
3:49 SYR Volkov (23), (Stephens, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Second Period
4:09 SYR Somppi (2), (unassisted)
7:50 UTI Woods (7), (Jasek, Graham)(PP)
15:22 SYR Valleau (3), (Volkov)
17:34 UTI Arseneau (9), (Woods, Jasek)

Third Period
0:32 UTI MacEwen (22), (Kero, Graham)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Bligh
UTI- Jasek, Lind

Syracuse rested roughly a half dozen of its regulars and was subsequently outshot 42-18 in the contest. Kudos to Tolvanen for still giving his team a shot.

Syracuse will draw the Cleveland Monsters in the opening round of the playoffs. Pray they fare better against an Ohio-based team than the big club.

Box score from THeAHL.com.

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