Syracuse Crunch

Crunch's Archambault Showing Off Offensive Flair


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The goal was so pretty, the players stopped celebrating to watch the replay.

Olivier Archambault picked up the boards on the half wall, cut toward the middle, deked through a defender, took the puck from his backhand to his forehand and easily slid the puck past the Springfield goalie. The overtime game-winner was just the beginning of a three-goal weekend for the Syracuse Crunch forward.

Archambault has put on a show offensively in his tryout with Syracuse.

“When you see a goal like that, you’re like ‘Wow!’’ Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It’s a great move. We know he has those skills. He made a great play. You don’t see those goals every game.”

Archambault Scores Twice, Crunch Power Past Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The first couple minutes of the third period were crucial.

With 1:51 of time on a 5-on-3, the Crunch knew — despite holding a two-goal lead — they needed to convert to create some breathing room and stop the Rocket from getting any momentum.

Olivier Archambault cut toward the middle and scored from the left wing circle — his second goal of the night — and Syracuse went on to beat Laval, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“It was a big turning point either way. You score and you’re up three, and if don’t score, the other team is getting some momentum,” Crunch defenseman Mat Bodie said. “Huge goal. Good job by (Archambault) to create his own space and find a way to put it past their goalie.”

AHL Game Night: 3-17-18 Rocket at Crunch

At least Syracuse kicked some butt tonight.

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Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the victory. He and Eddie Pasquale are likely the tandem the rest of the way now with Louis Domingue recalled to Tampa Bay, presumably for good.

First Period
18:04 SYR Lynch (11), (Thomas, Bodie)
18:31 SYR Archambault (9), (Dumont, Joseph)

Second Period
2:01 LAV Petti (6), (Terry, Boucher)(PP)
8:19 SYR Bodie (6), (Dumont, Joseph)

Third Period
1:24 SYR Archambault (10), (Peca, Joseph)(PP)
12:06 LAV Petti (7), (Veilleux, Bourque)
17:20 SYR Dumont (4), (Bodie, Walcott)(EN)

Olivier Archambault, Mathieu Joseph, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars. Joseph checking in with helpers in triplicate.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-16-18 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Olivier Archambault FTW.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
13:47 SYR Dumont (3), (Bodie, Bournival)(SH)

Second Period
18:26 SYR Peca (11), (Condra, Bournival)(PP)

Third Period
4:48 SPR Valk (17), (Brown, Chase)
11:22 SPR Beauchemin (4), (Hawryluk, Balisy)(PP)

Overtime
2:06 SYR Archambault (8), (Verhaeghe, Bodie)

Archambault and Domingue were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-14-18 Crunch at Devils

Syracuse punches their postseason ticket by punching Bingo square in the nose in emphatic victory.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory after having been returned to Syracuse at the conclusion of his emergency recall.

First Period
7:19 SYR Volkov (17), (Peca, Cernak)
15:19 SYR Yan (12), (Stephens)

Second Period
1:55 BNG Quenneville (12), (Santini, White)
9:19 SYR Yan (13), (unassisted)
13:20 SYR Lynch (10), (Stephens, Walcott)

Third Period
0:41 BNG Quenneville (13), (Kearns, Bertschy)(PP)
8:34 SYR Volkov (18), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)
17:33 SYR Archambault (7), (Condra, Peca)(PP)

Alexander Volkov and Dennis Yan were the game's first and second stars after potting a pair of goals each. Just a quick reminder: All Dennis Yan Does is Score (tm).

Syracuse becomes the second team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff berth. They still trail the Toronto Marlies by seven points in the race for the top spot in the North Division with Toronto holding two games in hand. But, the Crunch and their fans go to bed tonight secure in the knowledge they're in the dance and their young team is a legit threat to do damage once they get there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-10-18 Americans at Crunch

Crunch ride Joseph back into the win column.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:24 SYR Joseph (12), (Volkov, Dumont)
8:05 RCH Fedun (3), (Cornel, Porter)(PP)
12:06 SYR Thomas (4), (Archambault, Yan)
15:55 SYR Walcott (3), (Dumont, Condra)

Third Period
4:01 RCH Porter (16), (Percy, Fedun)(PP)
19:08 SYR Joseph (13), (Condra)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph, Pasquale, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars.

Syracuse is six points back of Toronto for the top spot in the North Division with the Marlies holding two games in hand. Toronto has clinched a playoff berth and Syracuse will be looking to do the same shortly over the next week or two.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Big Second Period Lifts Crunch over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After a scoreless first period, things started to click for the Syracuse Crunch offense.

The Crunch scored three times in the middle frame — including a pair from players not necessarily known for their scoring prowess — as the Crunch beat the Rochester Americans, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“We started connecting,” Crunch forward Daniel Walcott said. “We got a good bounce off (Mathieu Joseph’s) leg and the floodgates opened. We just kept shooting on him. We knew he left a lot of rebounds, we just had to capitalize. We put pucks on net and we got some goals.”

AHL Game Night: 3-9-18 Bears at Crunch

Budaj loses a squeaker in his first conditioning start.

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Peter Budaj allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:51 HER Graovac (12), (Gazley, Simpson)(PP)
7:56 SYR Joseph (11), (Bodie, Dumont)(PP)

Third Period
13:22 HER Ness (4), (Graovac)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Offense Struggles in Loss to Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch had a sizable advantage in shots, but the Hershey Bears were more opportunistic.

The Crunch led 30-18 in shots on goal but the Bears’ Aaron Ness broke the tie with 6:38 remaining, as Syracuse was edged by Hershey, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The loss snaps the Crunch’s seven game point streak.

“It was a tough game to lose tonight,” Syracuse forward Mathieu Joseph said. “We outshot them and had a lot of scoring chances. A couple missed scoring chances on my part and a couple guys on the team. We weren’t opportunistic enough. We’ve got to find a way to win like that. It’s a tough loss.”

Crunch's Yan Focuses on Consistency in Rookie Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Consistency is a key for Dennis Yan’s development.

The Syracuse Crunch winger has four multi-point games during his rookie season, including a goal and an assist against Laval Saturday. Of his 20 points in 40 games this season, nine have come during a multi-point performance.

Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Yan has the tools, but needs to use them each and every game.

“I like the skills. I like the size. He’s got to bring it together every day,” Groulx said. “He’s not consistent at doing that. When he does that, he’s a very good player. When he does not, he’s a different player.”

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