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AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-6-18 Marlies at Crunch

Flat Crunch get flattened.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

TOR-7
SYR-1

Toronto Leads the Series 3-0

Connor Ingram allowed 7 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
3:23 TOR Mueller (2), (Holl, Smith)
4:35 TOR Grundstrom (4), (Aaltonen, Johnsson)

Second Period
10:39 TOR Aaltonen (1), (Johnsson, Grundstrom)
14:05 TOR Greening (3), (Gauthier, Engvall)
17:14 SYR Cernak (1), (Verhaeghe, Lynch)

Third Period
8:23 TOR Moore (2), (LoVerde, Pickard)
15:08 TOR Johnsson (2), (Liljegren, Aaltonen)
18:20 TOR Moore (3), (Mueller)

Hard to believe about 24 hours ago the Crunch were a bounce away from making this a very competitive series. Clearly the sting of that Double OT loss carried over to Game Three and now the Crunch are in a seemingly impossible 3-0 hole.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-5-18 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch leave Toronto empty handed after double OT thriller.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

SYR-1
TOR-2 (2OT)

Toronto Leads the Series 2-0

Connor Ingram shined allowing 2 goals on 57 shots for the OT loss. He's exceeded expectations as a rookie and continues to make you think his ceiling could be higher than originally thought.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:25 SYR Peca (3), (Stephens)

Third Period
6:52 TOR Marchment (2), (Moore)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Double Overtime
15:10 TOR Gauthier (1), (Engvall)

Ingram was the game's second star.

That's a tough one to take, given the Crunch were just a bounce away from putting themselves in a really good position in this series. As it is, there's no need to panic. It's not a series until someone drops a home game. But, it does put a lot of pressure on Syracuse to win the next two tilts at home to get the series back to level.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-3-18 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch drop opening round of heavyweight matchup with Toronto.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

SYR-4
TOR-6

Toronto Leads the Series 1-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 20 shots for the loss. Yuck. That stat line may beg for a goaltending change for Game Two.

First Period
8:33 TOR Brooks (1), (Marincin, Marchment)
18:34 SYR Joseph (3), (unassisted)(SH)
19:16 TOR Timashov (4), (Moore, Mueller)(PP)

Second Period
10:55 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Stephens)(PP)
15:15 TOR Dermott (1), (Johnsson, Grundstrom)(PP)

Third Period
7:56 TOR Marchment (1), (Gauthier, Marincin)
8:53 SYR Lynch (1), (Condra, Volkov)
12:46 TOR Engvall (3), (Moore, Brooks)
18:55 SYR Lynch (2), (Joseph, Verhaeghe)
19:23 TOR Smith (1), (Gauthier)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's third star.

Toronto draws first blood in what may be, arguably, the de fact Eastern Conference Final in a clash of two AHL titans. But the Crunch should not despair. They can still accomplish what they came to Toronto to do and they actually outshot the high-powered Marlies by a comfortable 32-21 margin (albeit score effects in the Third Period were heavily involved). This feels like a long series going into it, and each team's going to have to weather some haymakers if they want the prize.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-25-18 Crunch at Americans

Bye, Rochester.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

SYR-6
RCH-3

Syracuse Wins the Series 3-0

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory in his playoff debut.

First Period
3:25 RCH Redmond (2), (Porter, Blackwell (2) (PP)
19:16 SYR Peca (2), (Masin, Joseph)

Second Period
7:48 RCH Bailey (2), (Malone)
8:17 SYR Foote (1), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)
8:36 SYR Archambault (2), (Stephens, Peca)
10:49 SYR Stephens (1), (Dumont, Verhaeghe)

Third Period
6:05 SYR Joseph (2), (Volkov, Dumont)(PP)
13:50 RCH O'Regan (1), (Porter, Griffith)
19:08 SYR Volkov (3), (Peca, Condra)(EN)

Mitchell Stephens, Matthew Peca, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

Well that was an interesting series considering the bluster from the Americans coming into the series based on their late regular season play against the Crunch. One of these teams clearly had an extra gear or two and the other was Rochester.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-21-18 Americans at Crunch

Volkov and Crunch outlast Rochester in Game Two to hold serve at home.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

RCH-5
SYR-6

Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Bathe in sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period
3:48 SYR Peca (1), (Bodie, Condra)(PP)
15:43 RCH Blackwell (1), (Percy, Griffith)(PP)
18:31 SYR Joseph (1), (Peca, Masin)

Second Period
1:29 SYR Archambault (1), (Stephens, Peca)
2:15 SYR McNeill (1), (Condra, Lynch)
5:10 RCH Bailey (1), (Porter)(SH)
6:02 RCH Percy (1), (Malone, Blackwell)

Third Period
4:52 SYR Volkov (1), (McBain, Peca)
5:22 RCH Porter (1), (O'Regan)
5:59 SYR Volkov (2), (Bodie, Foote)
6:58 RCH Baptiste (1), (MacWilliam, Smith)

Matthew Peca, Alexander Volkov, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars.

The Crunch probably made this one a lot more exciting than it needed to be after staking themselves to a 4-1 lead early in the Second Period and surrendering a shorty to allow the Americans off the canvas. With that said, I'd have to think it's a pretty good endorsement of this past June's draft that Volkov and Cal Foote both figured in the eventual game winner.

Syracuse did what they needed to do by holding serve at home. But, just like with the big club, I have to caution that it's not a series until someone wins a road game. The Crunch can't get too high right now and need to play a solid road style to try to shorten this series and move along quickly. Nothing fancy. Just survive and advance as quickly as possible in this opening round best-of-five encounter.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Win Wild Game 2, Push Americans to Brink


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It was a wild 60 minutes, but the Syracuse pushed Rochester to the brink.

The Crunch had three multiple-goal leads trimmed to just one but managed to pull out a 6-5 victory over the Americans in Game 2 of the North Division Semifinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. Syracuse holds a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, which shifts to Rochester for Game 3 Wednesday.

For Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, the game was a good test and showed his team reacted the right way to the momentum swings.

“I think it’s a great win. The more you go into the playoffs, the more intense games become,” Groulx said. “Today, a lot of momentum swings on both sides … but I thought we held our composure. I’m very happy for our team. We battled hard and it’s a good win.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-20-18 Americans at Crunch

Dumont's hat trick paces Crunch to huge Game One win.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

RCH-2
SYR-6

Syracuse Leads the Series 1-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:22 SYR Dumont (1), (Verhaeghe, McBain)
4:12 RCH Redmond (1), (Griffith, Porter)(PP)
11:15 SYR McBain (1), (Dumont, Volkov)
19:08 RCH Criscuolo (1), (Smith, Griffith)

Second Period
1:44 SYR Masin (1), (Stephens, Peca)

Third Period
8:27 SYR Bradley (1), (Walcott, McBain)
14:46 SYR Dumont (2), (Cernak, Joseph)(PP)
19:08 SYR Dumont (3), (Condra)(EN)

Gabriel Dumont, Pasquale, and Jamie McBain were the game's three stars.

This was an intriguing result given the fact that Rochester came in this series with a lot of confidence and even some bravado (bulletin board material) about how they felt Syracuse was a good first round matchup for them given their possession advantage in some late regular season games. Well, I believe it was Mike Tyson who said something along the lines of, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." The Crunch punched Rochester in the mouth tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Score Four Unanswered Goals to Top Amerks in Game 1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After allowing a pair of one-goal leads slip away, the Syracuse Crunch were able to pull away.

With Gabriel Dumont leading the charge, the Crunch scored four unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes in a 6-2 victory over the Rochester Americans in Game 1 of the North Division Semifinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I don’t think we played the way we wanted in the first half of this game. We played better after that,” Dumont said. “If you’re a good team, you’re going to get chances. We were lucky enough to capitalize on our power play and there was a big goal by the fourth line too.”

Bolts Extend Depth F Michael Bournival

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Michael Bournival to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Bournival, 25, skated in five games with the Lightning during the 2017-18 regular season, recording five shots on goal. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound forward has played in 113 career NHL games over three seasons with the Lightning and Montreal Canadiens, notching 12 goals and 22 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. Bournival set career highs during the 2013-14 season while with Montreal for games played (60), goals (seven), assists (seven) and points (14).

The Shawinigan, Quebec native has appeared in 57 games with the Crunch this season, posting 15 goals and 34 points to go along with 55 penalty minutes. Bournival ranks tied for fourth on Syracuse for goals and is eighth for points. He has played in 199 career AHL games over six seasons, collecting 40 goals and 103 points to go along with 121 penalty minutes.

Bournival was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round, 71st overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft

AHL Game Night: 4-14-18 Americans at Crunch

Skeleton crew Crunch lose regular season finale.

RCH-4
SYR-2

Olivier Mantha allowed 3 goals on 42 shots for the loss. Olivier Who? Exactly.

First Period
11:13 SYR Volkov (22), (Archambault, Verhaeghe)(PP)
13:01 RCH Bailey (10), (Smith, Griffith)(PP)
18:56 RCH Nylander (8), (unassisted)

Second Period
3:22 RCH Ross (7), (Fasching, Guhle)
5:55 SYR Volkov (23), (Spencer, Archambault)

Third Period
18:36 RCH Malone (12), (unassisted)(EN)

Alexander Volkov and Olivier Archambault were the game's second and third stars.

Syracuse iced a roster filled with PTO's and recalls from Adirondack. These two teams will meet again now in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs with a very different Crunch team next time around.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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