By the time the Syracuse Crunch scored its first goal, the hole was simply too deep to climb out of.
The Crunch scored twice in the final 11:15 but an empty-netter sealed the win for the Sharks, as Worcester snapped Syracuse's 10-game winning streak with a 4-2 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"We didn't come out the way we wanted," said Crunch forward Yanni Gourde. "We started late in the third period playing our way, and we can't do that against any team in this league."
All good things...
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. That snaps a streak of 4 starts where he allowed 2 or fewer goals. It should be noted Gudlevskis did also turn away a First Period penalty shot, as well.
WOR Taormina, (4) (Lerg, Fedun), 8:43 (PP)
WOR Coetzee, (1) (Brace, Abeltshauser), 17:07
WOR Trupp, (7) (Langlois), 3:31
SYR Gourde, (13) (Koekkoek, Richard), 9:45 (PP)
SYR Smith, (8) (Marchessault, Namestnikov), 17:17
WOR Langlois, (8) (Lerg), 18:29 (EN)
Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.
The defeat snaps Syracuse's 10 game winning streak.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
At the end of a tiring 3-on-3 shift, Jonathan Marchessault found another burst of energy.
The Crunch forward kicked it an extra gear, turned the corner on a Devils defender, and threw the puck to the front of the net. Vladislav Namestnikov deposited the puck past Scott Wedgewood, who was already down, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-2, 4:16 into overtime for the Crunch's 10th straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"They were tired also," Marchessault said. "So we had to take advantage of it and we had the puck possession. Let's try something and it ended up pretty good."
Crunch make it 10 in a row.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the OT victory. He made some key saves that allowed the Crunch to keep contact and tie the game up late in the Third Period.
ALB Burlon, (3) (Whitney), 4:52
SYR Blunden, (6) (Cote, Blujus), 13:00
ALB Boucher, (8) (Whitney, Faust), 1:27
SYR Mormina, (1) (Marchessault), 18:33
SYR Namestnikov, (5) (Marchessault), 4:16
Syracuse keeps pace in the Eastern Conference, 1 point back of Manchester for the top spot.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The streak continues.
The Syracuse Crunch netted a pair of power play goals in a 3-2 victory over the Albany River Rats in the final game before the holiday break at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The nine-game win streak is the longest the franchise has had in its three years affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Syracuse leads the Northeast Division and is second overall in the Eastern Conference. While the Crunch would like to keep the momentum rolling, they are welcoming a short rest.
"They deserve it," Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler said of the break. "These guys played very hard. You could see it out there. It was a chippy, kind of nasty game, but I think our players played hard and they deserve the five days."