Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler still sees his team as a confident group.
The Crunch fell behind despite outshooting the Springfield Falcons 18-8 in the first period and rallied to tie the score in the third, but Syracuse ultimately lost in overtime for a second straight night, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
Despite multiple lineup shuffles due to injuries and trades, the Crunch increased their point streak to seven games to maintain their lead in the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference.
"The last two games we lost in overtime, I get it," Zettler said. "We're able to scrounge a point out of it the last two games. We're still generating a lot of chances, we're just not scoring right now."
Revenge of the Bolt Prospects alumnus...
Allen York allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. That's a quality effort for Syracuse's new backup.
SPR Craig, (12) (Sauve, Chaput), 7:11
SYR Angelidis, (15) (Richard, Koekkoek), 12:37 (PP)
SPR Dano, (10) (Tyrell), 4:13
York was the game's third star.
On a night where Ric Flair was in the building signing autographs, it was a WCW-esque swerve that saw Bolt Prospects Alumni Ryan Craig score Springfield's lone regulation goal and fellow Bolt Prospects Alumni Dana Tyrell assist on the OT winner. It's like when Curt Hennig sided with the nWo in the cage at Fall Brawl. No!
Syracuse holds a 1 point lead for the Eastern Conference lead and the overall AHL points lead, as of this posting.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Syracuse backs into the AHL's top spot.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the OT loss. Quality start for the Yak.
BRI Graham, (3) (Conacher, Mouillierat), 7:41
SYR Namestnikov, (9) (Gourde, Smith), 8:37
BRI Mouillierat, (16) (Graham), 3:36
Gudlevskis was the game's second star.
The point from the OTL moves Syracuse into a tie with Oklahoma City for the top spot in the AHL and moves their edge in the Eastern Conference to 2 points over Manchester.
The big news of the day, however, was the Lightning's acquisition of Carter Ashton and David Broll in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick in 2016. Ashton, of course, is a former Lightning first round pick who was shipped out of the organization in exchange for Keith Aulie (a deal we can now safely say neither team won). He's an accomplished power forward at the AHL level who should fill nicely for the injured Mike Blunden. Broll, a former 6th rounder in 2011, brings muscle, albeit not much else. He was playing for the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL prior to today's transaction.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
With a second point on the table in overtime, the Syracuse Crunch came up just short.
The Crunch stopped the best power play in league on an extended 5-on-3 advantage in the second period, answered less than a minute after the Sound Tigers scored in the third, and Kristers Gudelvskis finished with 30 saves, but Bridgeport's Kael Mouillierat was able to score on a breakaway in the extra session to top Syracuse, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
With points in each of the last six games, the Crunch has tied the Oklahoma City Barons for the most points in the AHL.
"I think it's tough when you lose any game, especially like that," said Crunch captain Mike Angelidis. "I think we had a good chance to win the game. We came back after they scored. We just have to keep bearing down and hopefully we'll keep getting points as we go along."
Despite trailing by two at the second intermission, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler's message was to stay the course.
The Crunch outshot the Wolf Pack 25-2 in the third period, scored a pair of power play goals, and capped the comeback with 4:05 remaining, as Syracuse topped Hartford, 3-2, for its fifth straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.
"I actually thought we were playing the right way throughout the game," Zettler said. "We got a couple goals scored against us — I'd have to look again — but I thought all those penalties in the third were legit penalties. We earned the breaks, we earned the calls. Overall, we were creating a lot of offensive zone time and wore them down a little bit."