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Early Surge, Late PK Lead Crunch Over Penguins


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch surged out of the gate, but needed their penalty kill to bail them out late in the game.

The Crunch jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first period, but the Penguins cut their deficit to one in the third period. Syracuse killed off a five minute major penalty in the closing minutes and added a pair of empty-netters in a 5-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The loss snaps an 12-game point streak for the league-leading Penguins.

“Any time you can score early in a period, especially two or three in the same period, that’s going to build momentum for your hockey team,” Crunch defenseman Jamie McBain said. “They’re a great team and we knew they were going to make a push for it and not make it easy on us. We had some big kills and were able to pull it off.”

AHL Game Night: 11-24-17 Penguins at Crunch

Shorthanded Syracuse starts streaking.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:51 SYR Volkov (4), (Peca, Erne)
8:39 SYR McBain (3), (Peca)(PP)
9:36 SYR Lynch (4), (McBain, Bournival)

Second Period
9:19 WBS Smith (3), (Czuczman, DiPauli)(PP)

Third Period
13:00 WBS Simon (3), (Smith)
18:54 SYR Verhaeghe (2), (Joseph, McNeill)(EN)
19:31 SYR Bournival (6), (unassisted)(EN)(SH)

Kevin Lynch, Domingue, and Alexei Volkov were the game's three stars.

Between callups, injuries, and other recent transactions, Syracuse had to cobble together lines with only 10 natural forwards. Didn't matter. Fresh off an emotional Overtime victory the Crunch manufactured a big win over a perennial Eastern Conference power. The back-to-back wins have lifted Syracuse out of the North Division basement. They are still 3 games under .500 on the campaign, but there's suddenly a little hope the ship has been righted.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Yan's OT Goal Lifts Crunch Over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dennis Yan saw the opportunity and took advantage,

The Crunch rookie gathered the puck behind his own net, rushed up the right side of the ice, charged past the last defender and beat Americans goalie Linus Ullmark blocker side to lift Syracuse to a 6-5 overtime win over Rochester in a back-and-forth battle at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

“I didn’t plan to go all the way to the net, but once I took the puck I saw a huge space and I put the jets on,” Yan said. “I had space there and tried to get to the net as fast as I could.”

AHL Game Night: 11-22-17 Americans at Crunch

Syracuse finally gets a break through.

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Louis Domingue allowed 5 goals on 35 shots, but got a drink from the cool, refreshing fountain of goal support.

First Period
1:18 SYR Volkov (3), (Peca, McNeill)
14:34 RCH Redmond (2), (Baptiste, Blackwell)
17:00 RCH Porter (5), (Moses, Rodrigues)(PP)

Second Period
7:39 SYR Peca (1), (unassisted)(SH)
11:10 RCH Malone (1), (unassisted)
14:43 SYR McBain (2), (Conacher, Walcott)
18:16 SYR Masin (3), (Peca, Bournival)(SH)
19:50 RCH Baptiste (4), (Percy, Fasching)(PP)

Third Period
10:14 SYR Bodie (1), (Lynch)
13:11 RCH Allen (1), (Blackwell, Smith)

Overtime
1:48 SYR Yan (3), (Masin, Cirelli)

Dennis Yan and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars. Yan's quietly got points in 4 of his last 5 outings and has had decent production for his rookie campaign.

This team has been so painfully close so many times this season that you just have to hope getting an emotional OT win is the elixir that slingshots them back into the playoff hunt.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 11-19-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch drop another close heartbreaker.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Another hard luck loss in a quality start for the freshly acquired Syracuse starter.

First Period
4:56 TOR Holl (1), (Marincin, Bracco)(SH)
10:02 SYR Lynch (3), (Conacher)(SH)
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Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:45 TOR Aaltonen (2), (Johnsson, Kapanen)
18:44 TOR Smith (9), (Greening)(EN)

Another, effectively, one goal loss for the Crunch as their close-but-no-cigar frustrations continue to mount on the campaign.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 11-18-17 Crunch at Marlies

Breakthrough for Crunch remains close, but out of reach.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It was a quality start in his Syracuse debut, at least.

First Period
3:05 SYR Erne (1), (Thomas, Yan)(PP)
13:54 TOR Johnsson (7), (Mueller, Kapanen)(PP)
18:56 TOR Kapanen (5), (Rosen, Johnsson)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Dennis Yan was the game's third star.

Good to see Adam Erne rebound with a goal after his... inartful... breakaway attempt last time out made Sportcenter bloopers.

Syracuse outshot the division-leading Marlies, but couldn't crack Garret Sparks for the equalizer. The team remains tantalizingly close to a breakthrough but is still struggling to figure out how to finish off and win games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-15-17 Crunch at Bears

Inspired Crunch effort fades into Third Period disappointment.

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Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Ingram was the lone goaltender dressed for the Crunch as they await the newly acquired Louis Domingue.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:43 SYR Cirelli (3), (Thomas)(PP)

Third Period
0:27 HER Langlois (2), (O'Brien, Williams)
4:05 HER Bourque (6), (Simpson)
6:57 SYR Volkov (2), (Yan, Erne)
12:55 HER Bourque (7), (Simpson, Boyd)
19:51 HER Johansen (3), (unassisted)(EN)

With the departure of Leighton and McGinn in the Domingue deal and the release of Akeson from his PTO, Syracuse has opted to get even younger as they attempt to find a winning formula to get out of the cellar this season. If you're looking for a silver lining from tonight, all Crunch scoring was contributed by prospects. Cold comfort, but that's something.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Bolts Acquire G Domingue from Coyotes

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Louis Domingue (doh-MING, LOO-ee) from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Domingue, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Coyotes this season, posting a 4.33 goals-against average and .856 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound goaltender has played in 84 career NHL games, all with Arizona over the past four seasons, compiling a record of 27-41-7 to go along with a 3.00 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with two shutouts. During the 2015-16 season, he set career highs for games played (39), wins (15) and save percentage (.912).

The St. Hyacinthe, Quebec native has appeared in 71 career American Hockey League games, posting a record of 27-30-3 to go along with a 3.09 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He last played in the AHL during the 2015-16 season when he appeared in 13 games with the Springfield Falcons, compiling a record of 6-6-1 to go along with a 2.55 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

Domingue was originally selected by the Coyotes in the fifth round, 138th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

AHL Game Night: 11-11-17 Checkers at Crunch

Crunch have, hopefully, a breakthrough victory.

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Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:14 SYR McBain (1), (Verhaeghe, Yan)
11:39 SYR Condra (1), (McBain, Conacher)(PP)
14:25 SYR Joseph (3), (McBain, McGinn)(PP)
19:47 CHA Roy (3), (Kuokkanen, Carrick)(PP)

Second Period
2:35 CHA Poturalski (5), (Miller, Samuelsson)(PP)
11:51 SYR Bournival (5), (Volkov, Lynch)
14:57 CHA Saarela (3), (Kuokkanen, Schilkey)

Third Period
18:19 SYR Condra (2), (Cirelli, McBain)

Jamie McBain, Erik Condra, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars.

After what seems like a long line of heartbreaking, close losses, the Crunch led by their veteran leaders finally managed to close the deal on a victory tonight. The team pulls to 2 games under .500 and can hopefully turn this victory into the start of a nice little winning streak that gets their campaign back on the right track.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Start Strong in Win Over Checkers


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch took it to the Charlotte Checkers in the first 19 minutes.

Crunch captain Erik Condra netted a goal in his long-awaited return, Jamie McBain had a hand in three goals and the Syracuse power play converted twice. The Checkers made it close late in the second period, but the Crunch held on to win, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought we came out strong and overall, we played a very good game,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “They’re a good team. probably the best team we faced this year with Toronto. They have skill on every line. They play with a lot of poise and they make plays with the puck. It’s very impressive the way Charlotte is playing. Tonight we were a good team.”

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