Syracuse Crunch

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-25-19 Crunch at Monsters

Long offseason begins for Lightning organization.

SYR-0
CLE-3

Cleveland Wins the Series 3-1

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
6:36 CLE Foudy (1), (Letestu, Milano)

Second Period
4:31 CLE Broadhurst (1), (unassisted)
18:02 CLE Foudy (2), (Milano, Wade)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Cleveland got the early goal in this one and immediately had Syracuse chasing the game. The Crunch, unfortunately, just never caught up despite putting a lot of pressure (38 shots) in Cleveland's direction, especially in the final 40 minutes.

With salary cap issues requiring changes up top, we may well see Dominik Masin and Cal Foote, among others, make the jump to the next level.

Frustrating postseason top to bottom. It hurts badly, and the Lightning organization has some serious wagon-circling to do once the aftermath of Steve Yzerman departing to Detroit shakes out. This felt like an era ending with a whimper tonight, to be honest.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-23-19 Crunch at Monsters

Desperate Crunch stave off elimination.

SYR-2
CLE-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-1

Eddie Pasquale turned aside 25 of 26 for the victory.

First Period
12:10 SYR Barre-Boulet (1), (Stephens, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:31 SYR Andreoff (1), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)(PP)
12:47 CLE Scott (2), (Dalpe)(SH)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and second stars.

Backs against the wall, Syracuse grossly outshot Cleveland 20-8 through the first 40 minutes tonight and, but for some bad luck with some posts, probably deserved to have a much larger than 1-0 lead. Thankfully, they got the insurance marker on the PP early in the Third Period and then managed to withstand the age-old score effects surge from the Monsters the rest of the way. Game Four will really tell the tale, though, because I expect a lot more urgency from Cleveland facing the prospect of having to go to a decisive Game Five on the road in Syracuse if they fail to deliver in their own barn. Syracuse could really use a break through in their secondary scoring to help make that happen.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-20-19 Monsters at Crunch

Everything is bad in the Lightning organization right now.

CLE-5
SYR-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:18 CLE Scott (1), (MacInnis)
12:36 SYR Colton (1), (Conacher, Verhaeghe)(PP)
17:15 CLE DeSalvo (1), (Milano, Carlsson)

Third Period
9:05 CLE Letestu (2), (Milano)
15:47 CLE Milano (1), (Carlsson)(EN)
17:40 CLE Barach (1), (unassisted)(EN)

I feel like I'm watching that episode of Married With Children where the devil makes a deal with Al Bundy to take the Bears to the Super Bowl, but then takes his football powers away so he can't win the Super Bowl... except hockey, and an entire organization.

https://theahl.com/stats/game-summary/1019540

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-19-19 Monsters at Crunch

:Face palm:

CLE-5
SYR-3

Cleveland Leads the Series 1-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
10:15 CLE Letestu (1), (Milano, DeSalvo)
12:26 CLE MacInnis (1), (unassisted)
17:55 SYR Volkov (1), (Verhaeghe, Gaunce)(PP)

Third Period
10:49 SYR Conacher (1), (Gaunce, Verhaeghe)(PP)
13:09 CLE Stenlund (1), (Sherwood, Cockerill)(PP)
14:01 CLE Dalpe (1), (MacInnis, Vigneault)
18:08 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Barre-Boulet, Conacher)
19:23 CLE Simpson (1), (unassisted)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe and Alex Barre-Boulet were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse was guilty of getting off to a slow start and didn't get back to even footing until midway through the final frame, only to come apart at the seams and allowed a couple of goals in less than a minute shortly thereafter. So now the Crunch fall squarely behind the eight ball going into Game Two, and I'm starting to really, REALLY hate the state of Ohio.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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