Syracuse Crunch

Prospect of the Week: January 13, 2014

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

The Prospect of the Week for January 13, 2014 is … Kristers Gudlevskis, G, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Syracuse goaltender Cedrick Desjardins could find himself in a rare situation. The veteran netminder has been the Crunch’s No. 1 goalie for most of the season, yet he may have just lost his hold on No. 1 after being promoted to the NHL.

AHL Game Night: 1-11-14 Bruins at Crunch

125 minutes.

PRO-0
SYR-1

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout victory. If you're keeping track at home, in the last 48 hours the Providence Bruins played 125 minutes of regulation and overtime hockey against Gudlevskis and they got nothing to show for their efforts. Nada. Were it not for the shootout gimmick last night, we might be calling Gudlevskis Providence's daddy. We still might, anyhow. Gudlevskis has 4 shutouts in his 16 appearances this season and a very respectable 2.37 GAA and .915 sv%. He's looking like quite the late round steal for the Lightning, to be sure.

First Period
SYR Paquette, (11) (Tyrell, Korobov), 0:42

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Gudlevskis and Cedric Paquette were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse remains 3 points back of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. They're off until Friday when they face the Hershey Bears.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Score Early, Shut Out Bruins, 1-0


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after playing 65 scoreless minutes, Syracuse took less than 60 seconds to find the back of the net against Providence Saturday.

Cedric Paquette scored the lone goal 42 seconds in and Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 27 shots for his second-straight shutout, as the Crunch topped the Bruins, 1-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

With Friday's scoreless contest decided by a shootout, Syracuse knew the rematch would be another close game.

AHL Game Night 1-10-14: Crunch at Bruins

Shutout, loss?

SYR-0
PRO-1 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 22 shots he faced in regulation and overtime, but allowed 3 of 4 to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. That's rough.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Rankin, Connolly
PRO- Khokhlachev, Knight, Griffith

Gudlevskis was the game's second star.

With tonight's result the Crunch pulled within 3 points of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. They'll face Providence again tomorrow night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-8-14 Crunch at Penguins

Connolly remains on fire.

SYR-4
WBS-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Namestnikov, (11) (Connolly, DiSalvatore), 13:17 (PP)
SYR DiSalvatore, (1) (Connolly, Mormina), 13:47 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Connolly, (9) (Nesterov, DiSalvatore), 8:04
SYR Paquette, (10) (Richard, Witkowski), 8:59
WBS Samuelsson, (1) (Manderson, Mikkelson), 17:39

Third Period
WBS Samuelsson, (2) (Kuhnhackl, Carman), 15:11

Jon DiSalvatore and Brett Connolly were the game's first and second stars. Connolly, if you're keeping track at home, just posted his 3rd consecutive 3-point night. He now has 9 goals and 23 points in 24 games. A lot of disappointment has been expressed by Lightning fans based on Connolly's ineffective callup earlier this season, but here's a set of fun facts to consider: 1.) Last season Connolly was a 2nd Team AHL All-Star scoring at a pace of .887 points per game. 2.) This season, despite fears Connolly's development has stagnated, Connolly is now scoring at a .958 points per game clip. My point is this: folks giving up on Connolly might be wise to wait until the next time he gets a cup of coffee with Tampa Bay before drawing any final conclusions, because he's still getting better.

With the victory, Syracuse climbs back to within 4 points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They face Providence on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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