Mike Angelidis didn't pause to think over his answer.
The Crunch captain netted the eventual game-winning power play goal, chipped in a pair of assists, and dropped the gloves in a brawl in the final minute. But Angelidis was most proud of the two points in the standings after a 5-3 win over the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"I'm proud the team got two points," Angelidis said. "We've lost a couple games there ... We got two in a row here. So it's key for us to keep going here. I think we've got to get our swagger back. The chemistry is starting to click here, especially offensively, hopefully we can just keep riding it."
After totaling just three goals in the last five games, the Syracuse Crunch offense appeared to turn the corner.
Yanni Gourde gave the Crunch the lead midway through the first period, Jonathan Marchessault added a goal early in the second, and after the Devils cut their deficit to one, Vladislav Namestnikov sealed the win with a breakaway goal in the third, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-1, to snap a five game losing streak at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I thought we started a little bit slow -- for six or seven minutes our execution wasn't there -- but we started rolling," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "I thought we competed hard. I thought the only time we were in trouble was the second period when we took three penalties in a row. It felt like they gained some momentum from it, they obviously scored on one of them, but we got back to our five on five game and controlled the play a little bit."
Offense starting to come together.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. That's three pretty quality starts in a row as Gudlevskis adjusts to being the clear-cut number one between the pipes in Syracuse again.
SYR Gourde, (17) (Corrente, Ashton), 13:03
SYR Marchessault, (13) (Namestnikov, Vermin), 1:42
ALB K. Zajac, (1) (Thompson, Burlon), 9:16 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (10) (Broll), 8:35
Syracuse had a couple of, frankly, horrible games as they tried to make the adjustment after adding Ashton to the lineup in lieu of losing Mike Blunden. They also had to deal with Marchessault being out of the lineup due to injury and a rash of callups, but you could see that game-by-game things were starting to come together. This was hardly an offensive explosion to get 3 goals, but now you're starting to see some lines gel and little-by-little the results are coming.
Syracuse will jump over Hershey onto 2nd in the Eastern Conference with tonight's result and they'll be 1-2 points behind Manchester for the top spot when the night concludes. So, the hiccup that the Crunch had hasn't compromised their standings position to any great degree. The Crunch are still in a great spot if they continue to build up as they have been doing in the last 2-3 games.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
David Broll wanted to make an impact as quickly as possible.
The gritty forward, making his Syracuse Crunch debut last Friday, saw the opportunity in the first period when Norfolk’s Nic Kerdiles crossed the blue line and cut toward the middle of the ice with his head down. Nicknamed the Brolldozer since his time playing minor midget hockey, Broll laid out the opposing forward with a clean open ice check and later answered the bell by fighting John Kurtz.
Since being traded from the Toronto organization earlier this month, Broll is focused on taking advantage of his fresh start with Syracuse.
“I wanted to get into the game early, whether it was physical or getting puck on the net,” the 22-year-old said. “I took advantage of the opportunity there.”
No love in Norfolk.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the OT loss. He also stopped a penalty shot in the game, as well. It's another quality start for Gudlevskis, who has eked his save percentage up to .901. That actually matches his save percentage last season in the AHL before being recalled to the Lightning after Bishop's injury.
SYR Sergeev, (1) (Ashton, Cote), 5:19
NOR Karlsson, (5) (Noesen, Manson), 7:47 (PP)
NOR Karlsson, (6) (Etem), 3:33
Artem Sergeev notched his first AHL goal of the season, while Carter Ashton got his first point with the Crunch since his re-acquisition from the Toronto organization. Baby steps for the suddenly offense-starved Syracuse Crunch.
Box score from TheAHL.com.