Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 2-10-17 Senators at Crunch

Late mistake costs Crunch.

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SYR-2

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
13:06 BNG Bailey (12), (Harpur, McCormick)

Second Period
4:07 BNG Englund (2), (Varone, Akeson)
17:22 SYR Vermin (10), (Conacher, Gourde)

Third Period
9:03 SYR Morin (9), (unassisted)(PS)
19:06 BNG McCormick (13), (Flanagan)(SH)

Joel Vermin was the game's second star.

The stunning late loss stings with the Crunch 1 point behind Albany for the top spot in the North Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Late Shorthanded Goal Sinks Crunch's Comeback Bid


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch squandered a golden opportunity.

With the score tied in the final two minutes against the Senators, the Crunch were awarded a power play after a tripping call. Instead of the Crunch completing a comeback, Max McCormick converted on a 2-on-1 shorthanded chance to lift Binghamton to a 3-2 win over Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“It’s tough. There’s only 1:40 left and we’re going on the power play to win it, not to lose it,” Crunch alternate captain Matt Taormina said. “It takes a little bit of a bounce over (Matthew) Peca’s stick, and we don’t take guys going back to the net or anything, and that kind of takes the wind out of the sails a little bit.”

Crunch's Richard Benefits From Video Session


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Breaking down the video helped show Tanner Richard his options.

The Syracuse Crunch center sat down with head coach Benoit Groulx for a 25-minute video session after Richard returned to the lineup last week. Richard, who has been primarily a pass-first type of player, and Groulx went through each shift by the second, shared their thought processes and the choices available on each play.

Richard hopes to continue to refine his decision-making skills with the puck as he continues to develop with the Crunch.

“We were looking at shifts and the passes I made and he would ask what I should have done there,” Richard said. “I’m thinking ‘Well, I made a pretty good pass right on our guy’s tape and he got in a shooting position,’ but then he’s like ‘OK, look at all this free ice. You could have taken it yourself.’

“You want to try and take more control of the game instead of always giving the puck away.”

AHL Game Day: 2-5-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch can't parlay the false hope goal into real hope.

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TOR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
9:44 TOR Froese (18), (Griffith, Rychel)(PP)

Second Period
19:23 TOR Froese (19), (Campbell, Johnsson)

Third Period
6:42 TOR Rychel (9), (Dermott, Froese)(PP)
13:10 SYR Richard (12), (Conacher, Condra)(PP)
14:52 SYR Comrie (6), (Taormina, Conacher)

Tanner Richard was the game's third star.

A three goal deficit in the Third Period of a pro hockey is just a death sentence 99% of the time. You'll see teams get that "false hope goal" to pull within one, but they rarely have enough gas to get the equalizer. It happened again to Syracuse today. They managed to get the false hope goal with a good 5+ minutes to go, but just couldn't find the equalizer. That's why you need timely goaltending and goal scoring to stay within 2 and give yourself a chance, because it's doom if you get down by 3.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-4-17 Crunch at Marlies

No problem scoring goals for Conacher, Crunch.

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TOR-3

Adam Wilcox made a stout 37 saves on 40 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:47 SYR Conacher (8), (Thomas)
3:17 SYR Richard (11), (Ikonen, Hart)
9:17 TOR Timashov (7), (Wrenn)
19:28 TOR Moore (5), (Griffith, Dermott)

Second Period
0:42 SYR Halmo (13), (Condra)
17:15 TOR Moore (6), (Griffith, Timashov)(PP)

Third Period
6:13 SYR Conacher (9), (Halmo)
12:57 SYR Lynch (1), (Conacher, Halmo)

Cory Conacher and Mike Halmo were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse seized, for the moment, a 1 point lead over Albany for the top spot on the North Division standings. Albany plays Binghamton later tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-28-17

HPK 3 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-4-6, -8, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was 43% on 14 draws in 11:46 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 loss to HPK. Ex-NHL'er Niko Kapanen scored the game winning goal for HPK.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-17 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Crunch hold of a furious rally... barely.

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SPR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:37 SYR Conacher (7), (Vermin, Gourde)

Second Period
11:27 SYR Brodeur (2), (Morin, Ikonen)

Third Period
5:43 SYR Ikonen (2), (Conacher, Koekkoek)
11:21 SYR Gourde (15), (unassisted)(SH)
13:53 SPR Hawryluk (3), (Acolatse, Sutter)(PP)
15:08 SPR Rau (5), (Weegar, Berra)(PP)
18:28 SPR Sutter (4), (Acolatse, Rau)

Henri Ikonen and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars. Ikonen? I'll take unlikely heroes for $500, Alex.

When you have a 4-0 lead in the Third Period, you really shouldn't allow the opposition to get as close as the old false hope goal. Fortunately, with the win, Syracuse maintained position 1 point back of Albany for the division lead with a game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lightning Deal Nesterov to Montreal for Prospect, Pick

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Jonathan Racine, along with a sixth-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Nikita Nesterov, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Racine, 23, has played in one NHL game, that coming during the 2013-14 season while a member of the Florida Panthers. He was traded from the Panthers to Montreal prior to the start of this season and has played 26 games for the St. John’s IceCaps, the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate. Racine has three assists and ranks fourth on the team and first among IceCaps’ defensemen for penalty minutes with 58.

The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Racine was originally a third round draft pick, 87th overall, of the Florida Panthers at the 2011 NHL Draft

AHL Game Night: 1-25-16 Crunch at Penguins

Another strong effort against the East's top team fails to yield the full two points.

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WBS-3 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
13:26 SYR Vermin (8), (Conacher, Gourde)

Second Period
4:15 WBS Kostopoulos (14), (Blueger)
6:30 WBS Porter (7), (Warsofsky, Gaunce)
9:31 SYR Comrie (4), (Hart, Ikonen)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
4:58 WBS Warsofsky (9), (unassisted)

The Crunch actually outshot the Penguins 41-29 in the contest, but couldn't bury the chance to pull out the victory.

Syracuse is 1 point back of Albany in the North Division with 1 game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-21-17 Comets at Crunch

Utica pulls away in the final 20 minutes.

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SYR-0

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:42 UTI Kunyk (6), (Nilsson, Pelletier)
10:58 UTI McEneny (4), (Bancks, Virtanen)
16:19 UTI Cassels (5), (Kunyk, Zalewski)
16:54 UTI Archibald (12), (Grenier, Valk)(EN)

Gunned down in cold blood by ex-Bolt Prospect Cody Kunyk. My my.

Syracuse managed just 20 shots on goal in the game. That simply won't get it done.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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