Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 12-5-15 Comets at Crunch

Crunch choke.

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SYR-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (4) (Erne, Peca), 18:58 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Tambellini, (8) (Taormina, Blunden), 17:02 (PP)

Third Period
UTI Jensen, (4) (Vey, Archibald), 13:47
UTI Hamilton, (3) (Ehrhardt), 17:01
UTI Friesen, (4) (Zalewski), 17:55
UTI Grenier, (4) (Bancks), 19:43 (EN)

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

After being in control most of the night, Syracuse allowed 3 goals in the last 3 minutes of the game to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Erne Returns, Lifts Crunch to 5-1 Win Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Adam Erne, it was just another game.

After missing six weeks with an injury, the Crunch rookie forward registered a goal and an assist in his return to lead Syracuse to a 5-1 win over the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“Obviously, you get some butterflies before the game, but it’s just another game,” Erne said. “You want to prove yourself and get goals. The goal is to play in the NHL, and you have to prove yourself to do that. It can’t be a one time thing, it’s something you have to bring every night.”

Crunch head coach Rob Zettler believed pairing Erne with veterans Mike Angelidis and Jeff Tambellini gave the line a whole new dimension.

“He was maybe the best player on the ice tonight,” Zettler said. “He was really good. He skated really well. He looked really fast out there and was making plays.”

AHL Game Night: 12-4-15 Senators at Crunch

Erne's baaaaaaaaaaaack!

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SYR-5

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, further pumping up his season save percentage to .938. Stylish.

First Period
SYR Erne, (1) (Angelidis, Walcott), 8:02
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Tambellini, Erne), 12:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (5) (DeAngelo, Peca), 1:06 (PP)
SYR Tambellini, (7) (Angelidis, Erne), 8:22
BNG Puempel, (5) (Dzingel, Carlisle), 11:49
SYR Witkowski, (1) (Peca), 19:30

Adam Erne, Gudlevskis, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars.

Top flight prospect played his first game in over a month returning from injury, and immediately dropped points in triplicate, including his first goal of the season 8:02 into the game. So it took him less than a half a period to knock of the rust, I guess. Erne's performance coupled with a pair of assists by Matthew Peca are a welcome sign for a Crunch team that needs their top rookie pro forwards to chip in like core players if they're going to reach their ceiling this year as a club.

The Crunch have a ton of games in hand relative to most of the teams in the Eastern Conference, so a winning streak moving forward could be a chance to climb very quickly in the standings.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Defensive Depth Drives Blujus


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dylan Blujus sees the positives in the competition.

With the eight defenseman combining for more than 1,500 pro games, the Syracuse Crunch has been forced to make tough decisions on who to play each night. Blujus knows that the amount of depth on the Syracuse blue line means any player who struggles is likely to watch the next game from the stands.

In his second year pro, Blujus has worked to strengthen his play in his own zone and chip in on offense when he can to keep his spot in the lineup.

“It’s also good for the D because you have to have a good game every night, because there’s someone who’s going to take your ice time if you’re not playing good,” Blujus said. “It’s tough, but it’s good for us.”

AHL Game Day: 11-29-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Miserable weekend ends on a hopeful note.

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BRI-0

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory. His 2.01 GAA and .935 sv% thus far this season marks a clear progression from the previous two seasons when he muddled around the .900 sv% mark.

First Period
SYR Blunden, (4) (Peca, Nesterov), 4:05

Second Period
SYR Paradis, (4) (Mormina, Richard), 15:41
SYR Blunden, (5) (Nesterov, DeAngelo), 18:51 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Gourde, (4) (Richard, Paradis), 18:31 (EN)

Mike Blunden, Gudlevskis, and Nikita Nesterov were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Late Spark Not Enough in Crunch's Loss to Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse searched for a spark.

After being held to one shot on goal in the first period, Crunch captain Mike Angelidis dropped the gloves for a spirited bout in the second and head coach Rob Zettler switched around the lines for the third. Syracuse scored once in the final frame, but ultimately fell to the Toronto Marlies, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“The start killed us,” Zettler said. “They were the better team for two periods, and we didn’t decide to play hockey until the third period when it was too late.”

AHL Game Night: 11-27-15 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch crushed by high-powered Marlies.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
TOR Leivo, (6) (Brennan, Arcobello), 6:24 (PP)

Second Period
TOR Carrick, (3) (Brennan, Frattin), 4:40
TOR Gauthier, (2) (Campbell, Clune), 7:01

Third Period
SYR McGinn, (3) (DeAngelo), 4:11 (PP)

Tye McGinn was the game's third star.

Toronto gave several of their stars the day off, including Bolt Prospects Alumni Richard Panik, and the Marlies still hardly looked threatened by Syracuse over the course of the game. Just two teams in a completely different area code in terms of depth.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-25-15 Crunch at Americans

Crunch battle back from 2 goal deficit to salvage a point.

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RCH-4 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss. Not a great stat line, but the defense in front of him was a bit tardy tonight.

First Period
RCH Ruhwedel, (1) (Donovan, O'Reilly), 5:26 (PP)
RCH Rodrigues, (1) (Akeson, Dupuy), 9:32
SYR Taormina, (4) (Paradis, Dotchin), 16:04

Second Period
RCH Carrier, (3) (Bailey, O'Reilly), 17:24

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (1) (Blunden), 9:18
SYR Tambellini, (6) (McGinn, Taormina), 19:11

Overtime
RCH Dupuy, (2) , 1:49

Jeff Tambellini was the game's third star.

The Crunch's veterans pulled the sled tonight with Mike Angelidis keying the comeback by finally getting the monkey off his back with his first goal of the campaign. It's much needed with Marchessault up top in Tampa Bay.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect(s) of the Week for the week ending November 24 is … Joel Vermin, W, and Jonathan Marchessault, W, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL).

Walcott Embraces Utility Role With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

However he gets into the lineup, Daniel Walcott wants to make the most of his opportunity.

A natural defenseman, Walcott changed positions last weekend after multiple call-ups left the Syracuse Crunch short a few forwards. The 21-year-old rookie responded by registering his first professional point Friday.

With Syracuse boasting a deep blueline, Walcott is willing to help out on the ice wherever he can.

“I was pretty fortunate that they trusted me to be the extra forward instead of bringing in someone else,” Walcott said. “They could have easily done that, but they take care of their prospects. … I’ve been waiting a while to get back in a game here, so it felt good. I have to work hard and show that I can go wherever they need me.”

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