Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 1-31-14 Crunch at Comets

Have you heard the one about a Latvian and a French Canadian who walk into a diner on the way from Utica to Montreal?

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Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. After the game, Desjardins and tandem-mate Kristers Gudlevskis were summoned to join the Lightning in Montreal for tomorrow night's came against the Canadiens with Bishop's head injury and Lindback's sprained ankle.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
UTI DeFazio, (6) (O'Reilly), 3:24
UTI Pelletier, (8) (Grenier, Archibald), 13:31

Third Period
UTI Archibald, (7) (Grenier, Pelletier), 14:46
SYR Sustr, (1) (Angelidis, Panik), 18:55

I suppose the good news is that at least Andrej Sustr was able to get on the board. Sadly, though, the Crunch will be going into tomorrow night with a loaned ECHL goaltender between the pipes, in all likelihood. They've reportedly suspended Riku Helenius tonight for breach of contract. So, things don't appear to be on the way to getting a whole lot better for the Crunch. Perhaps there's a silver lining that there's no recall for Valtteri Filppula's spot as of this posting. It's not exactly something worth throwing a parade over, but Crunch fans have to take what they can get these days.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Sustr Focuses on Big Picture After Reassignment to Syracuse


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite being sent to Syracuse for more ice time, Andrej Sustr hasn't seen much game action.

The 6-8 defenseman, hurt on his second shift since being reassigned by the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this month, practiced with the Crunch Tuesday. After missing five games, he is nearing a return to the lineup.

“It’s been pretty good,” Sustr said of working his way back into game shape Tuesday. “I’m aiming for this weekend.”

With Syracuse on a five-game losing streak, the addition of Sustr is a major shot in the arm to a struggling Crunch defense that has surrendered 23 goals in the past five games.

AHL Game Night: 1-29-14 Crunch at Penguins

Nothing.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss. It's not a great stat line, but it's irrelevant if the team in front of your goaltender can't get any goals.

First Period
WBS Thompson, (4) (Carman, Letourneau-Leblond), 2:11
WBS Kostopoulos, (16) (Samuelsson, Despres), 12:23

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
WBS Zolnierczyk, (14) (Dumoulin, McNeill), 1:31
WBS Manderson, (1) (Kostopoulos, Despres), 7:51

Right now this team can't consistently score goals and they really, really can't keep it out of the back of their own net. What Zettler needs to sell his team on is that if they focus on the latter the former will come to them. That's a hard thing to get straightened out, though, when you just can't seem to get the positive result to give you the right feedback for your work.

Syracuse remains 10 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference, 14th out of 15 teams.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Panik Plans to Work His Way Back to Tampa Bay


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After skating in a red practice jersey Tuesday, Richard Panik reiterated his intentions -- he came to play.

In his first game of the season with the Syracuse Crunch Saturday, the 6-3 Slovakian winger posted an assist before absorbing a thundering check by the Hershey Bears’ Tyson Strachan. Panik quickly got up from the hit, and instead of taking the game off Sunday to rest and recuperate an apparent upper body injury, he was back on the ice against the Sound Tigers Sunday.

“He gamed it out against Bridgeport,” said Crunch coach Rob Zettler.

AHL Game Night: 1-26-14 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Was this weekend Syracuse's 2013-2014 swan song?

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 6 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
BRI Lee, (17) (Strome, Ness), 13:19 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (6) (Rankin, Tyrell), 15:44
BRI Persson, (7) (Mayfield, Bouchard), 18:15

Second Period
BRI Vaughan, (3) (Wetmore, Langkow), 3:02
SYR Namestnikov, (13) (Connolly, DiSalvatore), 8:54
BRI Clark, (3) (Diamond), 9:32
SYR Angelidis, (7) (Tyrell, Rankin), 19:00

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (4) (Namestnikov, Connolly), 8:00 (PP)
BRI Persson, (8) (Wetmore, Clark), 9:09
SYR Nesterov, (3) (Paquette), 13:58 (PP)
BRI Persson, (9) (Bouchard, Ness), 15:54 (PP)

Mike Angelidis was the game's second star.

Syracuse had a 3 game in 3 night scenario this weekend, and they managed to get 0 points out of the 3 games. Syracuse has fallen to second to last in the Eastern Conference, 10 points out of 8th place. At the end of the season, this may well be the weekend the Crunch point to as the moment when the season was finally beyond repair.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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