Syracuse Crunch

Crunch's Bold Move Fails in Loss to Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Crunch made a bold move with a little less than five minutes remaining.

Down by three goals and needing standing points to stay in the playoff picture, Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler pulled goalie Kristers Gudlevskis for an extra attacker. The tactic went awry a little more than a minute later, as the Americans’ Dan Catenacci scored into the empty net to seal Rochester’s 6-2 win over Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

With the loss, the Crunch have dropped 11 out of their last 13 contests.

“We were desperate,” Zettler said. “We had to find a way to try and make something happen, and try and score a goal. We were down by three.”

AHL Game Night: 2-19-16 Comets at Crunch

The streak is over.

UTI-4
SYR-5

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Taormina, (11) (Blunden, Richard), 1:14 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (16) (Blujus, Gourde), 2:52 (PP)
UTI Bancks, (8) (Landry, Ehrhardt), 15:08
SYR Tambellini, (17) (McGinn, Witkowski), 17:26
UTI Sautner, (4) (Kenins, Gaunce), 19:36

Second Period
SYR Tambellini, (18) (Martindale), 2:34
UTI Pedan, (4) (Kenins, Grenier), 6:54 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Blunden, (14) (Erne, Richard), 2:33 (PP)
UTI Prust, (1) (Gaunce), 10:26 (SH)

Jeff Tambellini and Mike Blunden were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse snaps a 9-game winless streak. They currently sit at 1 game under .500 for the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Use Special Teams to Top Comets, Snap Skid


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch used special teams to snap out of their slide.

The Crunch’s power play struck three times and the penalty kill held the Comets to one 5-on-3 marker, as Syracuse topped Utica, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial on Friday. The Crunch had lost nine straight coming into the contest.

“I expected our penalty kill to get us out of this slump,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “Before tonight, we hadn’t given up a 5-on-5 goal in three games. That’s a big deal. We needed our PK to come up big. That’s what we talked about and they did. They came up big for us tonight.”

Syracuse forward Jeff Tambellini registered two goals, Mike Blunden and Tye McGinn each had one goal and one assist, and Tanner Richard had two helpers. Matt Taormina rounded out the scoring, while Dylan Blujus, Ryan Martindale, Adam Erne, and Luke Witkowski each had one assist.

AHL Game Night: 2-17-16 IceCaps at Crunch

Crunch skid hits 9.

STJ-3
SYR-2 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 31 shots before allowing 1 of 5 to convert in the penalty shot session for the hard luck Shootout loss.

First Period
SYR Walcott, (2) (Taormina, Blunden), 1:43
STJ Scott, (1) (MacMillan, Bartley), 4:31 (PP)
SYR DeAngelo, (5) (Richard, Gourde), 8:19

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
STJ McCarron, (15) , 17:26 (PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
STJ- McCarron
SYR- NONE

Anthony DeAngelo returned to the lineup after being scratched in 3 consecutive games and had a goal en route to being named the second star of the game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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