Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 11-6-15 Devils at Crunch

Crunch comeback dissolves into Third Period disappointment.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss. That's not exactly the kind of triumphant return one might've hoped for in Gudlevskis first action back from Tampa Bay. Then again, some rust due to inaction was probably inevitable.

First Period
ALB Thomson, (2) (Scarlett), 16:40

Second Period
ALB Blandisi, (3) (Lorito, Sislo), 1:41 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (2) (Marchessault, Richard), 11:41
SYR Nesterov, (1) (DeAngelo, Vermin), 17:45 (PP)

Third Period
ALB Blandisi, (4) (Lorito, Sislo), 4:03 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (4) (Gourde, Richard), 8:21
ALB Kujawinski, (2) (Mozik, McKelvie), 14:38

Yanni Gourde and Mike Blunden were the game's second and third stars.

It's a shame the Crunch spend all game crawling out of their initial 2 goal deficit only to relent the winner after getting the even footing for the second time in the game. Nikita Nesterov paid instant dividends in his return to the club by potting a power play goal that was the first equalizer toward the end of the Second Period. That's good news. Nesterov's regressed a bit early this year in Tampa Bay due to lack of action and a loss of confidence. Getting the chance to get more minutes, especially on the power play, is a good way for Nikita to get his swagger back. In the mean time, I'd expect a recall on the blueline to Tampa Bay for tomorrow's game against Minnesota (Slater Koekkoek?).

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Vermin Making Strides With Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Joel Vermin has continued to evolve as a player.

In his second full season in North America, the Syracuse Crunch forward is finding a way to harness his speed and skill, as well as making a habit of going to the hard areas of the ice. The 23-year-old has registered one goal and three assists in the first eight games with Syracuse this season, and is steadily improving many facets of his game.

“I feel really comfortable, I feel really good on the ice,” Vermin said. “I think I’ve made a big step forward from last year. I hope it keeps going like that.”

Vasilevskiy, Special Teams Play Lead Crunch Over Bears

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse got a boost in net and with the man-advantage.

The Crunch rode the momentum from their power play work and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 27 saves on 28 shots, as Syracuse cruised past the Hershey Bears, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial on Friday.

“He’s there when you need him, that’s for sure,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said of Vasilevskiy. “He was there for us early there for us, he was there late for us. I thought our middle part was really good, but he made some big saves for us.”

AHL Game Night: 10-30-15 Bears at Crunch

No Marchessault? No problem.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. Syracuse is off until next Friday now, and in the absence of anymore games this weekend the logical conclusion is that Vasilevskiy will find his way back up to Tampa Bay pretty soon with Gudlevskis coming back down by Friday's contest. We'll see if that's how it pans out. 2-0 with a 1.04 GAA and a .965 save percentage is a pretty nice conditioning stint for a goaltender, from where I sit.

First Period
HER Gazley, (2) (Bowey), 2:46

Second Period
SYR Taormina, (2) (Gourde, Tambellini), 11:36 (PP)
SYR DeAngelo, (3) (Peca, Taormina), 11:52

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (3) (Taormina), 2:28
SYR Blunden, (3) (Blujus, DeAngelo), 6:43 (PP)

Matt Taormina, Jeff Tambellini, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

Don't look now, but Anthony DeAngelo's got 7 points in his first 8 pro games. He's also averaging over 3 SOG's a game, which is symptomatic of fancy stat magic, from what I understand. Will his offensive game immediately translate from junior to pro? It appears so. Tonight was his first multi-point game with the Crunch.

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AHL Game Night: 10-28-15 Crunch at Marlies

Vasiy returns.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
TOR Clune, (2) (Soshnikov, Gauthier), 5:29 (PP) GIF
SYR Vermin, (1) (McGinn, Witkowski), 14:55 GIF

Second Period
SYR DeAngelo, (2) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 6:56 GIF

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (1) (Marchessault, Tambellini), 15:31 GIF

Anthony DeAngelo, Vasilevskiy GIF, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars.

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Rookie Defenseman DeAngelo Contributing Offense for Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Anthony DeAngelo picked up the loose puck, swooped down the edge of the right wing circle, and picked his spot over the goalie’s glove.

The Syracuse defenseman’s first professional goal during the third period Sunday in Rochester sent the game to overtime and secured a point in the standings for the Crunch. Six games into his rookie season, DeAngelo is showing he can chip in on the scoresheet, but is working on improving his defensive game to take the next step to the National Hockey League.

“It was a little bit of a broken offensive play, but he gathered the puck around the half wall and was patient enough with it to wait and allow their defense to bite a little before he took the shot,” said Syracuse Head Coach Rob Zettler. “He got himself into the prime scoring area, and it was a helluva shot. It went short side high and it was a big goal for us.”

AHL Game Night: 10-25-15 Crunch at Americans

Tough weekend ends with SO loss.

RCH-4 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 40 shots but allowed both shooters to light the lamp in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. With news coming down today that Kevin Poulin cleared waivers, a provocative question about where Wilcox will be getting starts in the near future begs asking. Vasilevskiy will soon be back with Tampa Bay, pushing Gudlevskis back down to Syracuse and potentially making the best move for the organization finding Wilcox a place to get a starting role in the ECHL. He needs playing time to develop, and I don't see that happening as quickly with sparing appearances in a crowded crease situation in Syracuse.

First Period
RCH Varone, (2) (Donovan), 8:41 (PP) GIF

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (1) (Witkowski, Koekkoek), 0:49 GIF
RCH Baptiste, (1) (O'Reilly, Leduc), 2:15 GIF
SYR Blunden, (2) (Marchessault, Tambellini), 15:22 GIF

Third Period
RCH Akeson, (3) (Varone, O'Reilly), 4:57 (PP) GIF
SYR DeAngelo, (1) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 10:24 GIF


RCH- Varone GIF, Akeson GIF

Anthony DeAngelo scored his first AHL goal in the loss and was named the game's third star. Through six games the rookie has a respectable 1 goal and 4 points with a -1 rating.

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AHL Game Night: 10-24-15

Syracuse's offensive frustration continues.


Allen York allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
UTI Gaunce, (1) (Subban, Jensen), 4:12
UTI Jones, (1) (Subban, Friesen), 11:45 (PP)

Second Period
UTI Vey, (1) (Biega), 14:42 (PP)

Third Period
UTI Shinkaruk, (4) (Hamilton, Negrin), 1:35

Bolt Prospects alumni Blair Jones potted a goal for Utica and was named the third star. Of all the treacheries...

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Crunch Rally Comes Too Late in Loss to Wolf Pack

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The last-minute rally provided little consolation.

The Crunch netted a pair of goals in the final 57 seconds but couldn’t overcome their struggles in the second period and on special teams, as Syracuse fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“We had flurries late, but the damage should have been done in the first period,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “We failed to take advantage of two 5-on-3s. They got a 5-on-3 and they took advantage of it. That ended up being the difference in my mind.”

AHL Game Night: 10-23-15 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Not as close as the score indicates.


Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss. They'd have been completely run out of the building without him. As it was, he gave them only a tiny glimmer of hope with several solid stops.

First Period
HFD Graves, (1) (Bourque, Oleksuk), 3:33
SYR Marchessault, (3) (DeAngelo, Vermin), 5:58 (PP)

Second Period
HFD Tambellini, (3) (Gibbons, Megna), 12:42
HFD Tambellini, (4) (Hrivik, Bodie), 18:46 (PP)

Third Period
HFD Nehring, (3) (Glass, Graves), 17:14 (EN)
SYR Blujus, (1) (Peca, McGinn), 19:03
SYR Peca, (2) (Blunden, Gourde), 19:58 (PP)

Wilcox was the game's second star. The wrong Tambellini got first star.

You can't even call it a false hope goal when you get it cut to 1 goal deficit with less than a second left.

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