Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 11-29-16 Crunch and IceCaps

Crunch veterans run wild.

SYR-6
STJ-2

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win while swimming a lazy backstroke in the deep, deep waters of sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period
0:43 SYR Taormina (5), (Gourde, Halmo)
6:40 SYR Morin (2), (Richard)
9:20 STJ Brouillette (1), (Hanley, de la Rose)(PP)
15:48 SYR Morin (3), (Vermin, Richard)

Second Period
2:44 SYR Taormina (6), (Conacher)(PP)
19:50 STJ Friberg (4), (Hanley, de la Rose)(PP)

Third Period
11:55 SYR Vermin (6), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
15:51 SYR Halmo (6), (unassisted)

Matt Taormina, Jeremy Morin, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-26-16 Crunch at Senators

Successful weekend for shorthanded Crunch.

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BNG-2

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
19:50 SYR Halmo (4), (Darcy, Bournival)

Second Period
8:29 SYR Taormina (4), (Erne, Richard)(PP)
8:44 SYR Halmo (5), (Bournival, Comrie)
19:58 BNG Flanagan (1), (Varone)(SH)

Third Period
1:42 BNG Robinson (3), (Bailey, Varone)
17:44 SYR Vermin (5), (Taormina, Gourde)

Mike Halmo and Michael Bournival were the game's first and second stars.

No Cory Conacher, no problem. Syracuse continues to be on the prowl for the top spot in their division with games in hand to burn to get there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Blujus Nets Game-Winner, Crunch Rally Past Marlies in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The power play allowed Syracuse to climb back in the game and the Crunch completed the comeback in overtime.

The Crunch rallied from a three-goal deficit in the second period and Dylan Blujus drove to the net to pot a rebound 1:59 into the extra session, as the Crunch topped the Toronto Marlies, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I was honestly just going through the middle and the rebound came right to my stick,” Blujus said of his overtime goal. “I was a little surprised and I had an open net from there.”

AHL Game Night: 11-25-16 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch overcome turkey coma to clip Marlies in OT.

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SYR-5 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the OT win.

First Period
3:41 TOR Kapanen (9), (Greening, Holl)
12:46 TOR Froese (9), (Leipsic)

Second Period
1:01 TOR Greening (3), (Clune)(SH)
2:10 SYR Morin (1), (Taormina, Comrie)(PP)
5:07 SYR Vermin (4), (Darcy, Peca)(PP)
5:42 SYR Bournival (5), (Masin)
15:00 TOR Rychel (3), (Leipsic, Valiev)(PP)
15:23 SYR Taormina (3), (Bournival, Letourneau-Leblond)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
1:59 SYR Blujus (1), (Walcott, Gourde)

Dylan Blujus and Gudlevskis were the game's first and third stars.

The Crunch having an early Thanksgiving hangover and falling behind 3-0 early at home was predictable but unacceptable. That was the theme of the night throughout the Lightning organization, by the way: the home Thanksgiving hangover. Fortunately, Syracuse showed a lot of resiliency in roaring back to life in the Second Period before Blujus eventually scored the winning goal in his return from injury. It's kind of a shame that Blujus got nicked up when he did given the injuries the Lightning have up top, because looking at his timetable he should be close to earning his first cup of coffee with the Lightning.

Syracuse pulls to within 3 points of the division lead with 2 games in hand on Albany. If they can go on a little run, first place seems there for the taking.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-23-16 Crunch at Comets

Crunch get Demko'ed.

SYR-1
UTI-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on just 15 shots for the loss. He found himself in a goaltending duel and couldn't help covert Syracuse's 32-15 shot surplus into a win.

First Period
8:45 UTI Grenier (6), (Bancks, Valk)(PP)

Second Period
11:15 UTI Hulak (4), (Carcone)
13:58 SYR Richard (6), (Vermin)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Tanner Richard extended his goal scoring streak to four games. So, there was that.

Syracuse dips to 4th in the North Division in points with the loss. They'll get back to it Friday at home against Toronto.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Condra's Goal in Final Seconds Lifts Crunch Over Devils


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Erik Condra darted to the front of the net knowing time was almost up.

The Crunch forward calmly slid the puck to his backhand and scored with 1.9 seconds remaining, as Syracuse topped the Albany Devils, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I knew there wasn’t a lot of time left, so they kind of backed up when I was getting to the neutral zone,” Condra said. “Joel (Vermin) cut to the middle, I gave it to him, and I don’t know how he kept the puck moving through three or four guys, but he did. I snuck around the pile and put it in.”

AHL Game Night: 11-19-16 Devils at Crunch

Gudlevskis makes good.

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SYR-3

Fresh off of last night's shelling, Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:34 SYR Taormina (2), (Peca, Gourde)
4:06 SYR Richard (5), (Gourde, Taormina)
8:44 ALB Gormley (1), (Novak, Straka)(PP)
14:34 ALB Quenneville (5), (Blandisi, Jacobs)(PP)

Third Period
19:58 SYR Condra (3), (Vermin, Walcott)

Erik Condra. Yanni Gourde, and Matt Taormina were the game's three stars, with Condra scoring the game winner dekeing to his backhand off the rush with less than 3 seconds left in the game.

Tanner Richard now has a 3 game goal scoring streak and a 4 game point streak.

Syracuse is now just 2 points back of St. John's for first place in the North Division with a whopping 4 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-18-16 Crunch at Bears

Crunch strafed in Hershey.

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HER-5

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 2 goals on 4 shots the rest of the way. Simply a dreadful night for the entire team, but particularly for the netminders.

First Period
8:03 HER Vrana (8), (Bourque, Djoos)
12:34 HER Thomas (5), (Djoos, Stephenson)(PP)
14:36 HER Bourque (3), (Stephenson, Mitchell)

Second Period
0:33 SYR Richard (4), (Conacher, Taormina)

Third Period
15:49 HER Thomas (6), (O'Brien, Stephenson)(PP)
19:29 HER Bourque (4), (Djoos, Carey)(PP)

With injuries up top in Tampa Bay, there are opportunities to earn call ups on the line. So, it's disappointing to see the team start flat and get run out of the game early. It's frankly not acceptable.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Richard Looks to Improve Skating, Challenge for NHL Job


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard remembers getting the call, taking the ice for warmups, and then hitting the showers.

The Syracuse Crunch center earned his first call-up to the Tampa Bay Lightning last December, but was a healthy scratch and never saw game action. Richard is looking to change that this season.

In a system that's all about high tempo play, Richard has continued to work on his skating in order to take the next step to the NHL.

"You're so close. You can't get any closer than doing the warmups and showering while the guys are walking out getting their names called," the fourth-year pro said. "You can't get any closer than that. It left a little taste in my mouth to just make it to there so that one day I can hear my name called during the game too.

"I used that for motivation this summer. I thought I had a good summer, so hopefully this year it can happen."

Richard Records Hat Trick, Crunch Rout Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard netted his first goal of the season and the next two followed quickly.

The Crunch center rushed down on a 2-on-1, pulled up to avoid a sprawling defenseman and buried the puck over the goalie’s shoulder. Richard’s goal with 24 seconds remaining capped his first career hat trick, as Syracuse routed the Rochester Americans, 7-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“The puck was in the neutral zone and (Michael) Bournival set up a perfect trap for them, and then (Erik) Condra kind of touched it to me,” Richard said. “I wanted to go backdoor all the way — I think everyone in the building knew that — and the D-man slid to take it away, so I figured I may as well take a shot.”

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