Syracuse Crunch

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

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