Syracuse Crunch

Gudlevskis, Crunch Shut Out Americans, 1-0


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After getting pulled from a game earlier this week, Kristers Gudlevskis was eager to step back into the crease.

The Syracuse Crunch goalie looked at a few pucks hitting the pipes behind him as a positive omen, and finished with a 27-save shutout in a 1-0 win over the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The victory snaps a four-game losing streak for Syracuse.

"When you get those pipes, you start to feel comfortable," the Latvian netminder said. "You start to feel like it's your day. It's a lucky moment, it's help."

AHL Game Night: 12-14-13 Americans at Crunch

From Latvia with love.

RCH-0
SYR-1

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. That's a slump buster, right there. Well done.

First Period
SYR Connolly, (2) (Korobov, Witkowski), 14:18

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Gudlevskis and Brett Connolly were the game's first and second stars. In the last 7 games, Connolly has 2 goals and 5 points as he continues to come out of his early season funk. It's a good thing.

Syracuse is 3 points out of the #8 spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on Norfolk after the Admirals' loss to Springfield tonight. Syracuse faces Hershey on Wednesday as they try to maintain contact for a playoff spot while the organization gets healthy and they have the opportunity to reload. Every win right now is a little life line.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-11-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Still sinking.

SYR-1
STJ-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on 36 shots for the loss.

First Period
STJ Kichton, (5) (O'Dell), 12:47

Second Period
STJ Redmond, (4) (Jaffray), 2:37
STJ MacKinnon, (1) (O'Dell), 3:00

Third Period
STJ MacKinnon, (2) (O'Dell, Chiarot), 0:24
SYR Devos, (1) (Korobov), 3:37
STJ Jaffray, (9) , 17:58 (SH)

I wouldn't expect this to go on too much longer before some roster changes are made to try to snap Syracuse out of this funk.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-10-13 Crunch at IceCaps

St. John's finally solves SyraNo.

SYR-2
STJ-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss before being lifted for Cedrick Desjardins, who allowed 2 on 27 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
STJ Jaffray, (8) (Kichton, Redmond), 8:23 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Paquette), 11:10
STJ Lowry, (2) (Lipon), 18:03

Second Period
STJ Fredheim, (1) (Samson, Mouillierat), 7:05 (PP)
STJ Schnell, (1) (Redmond), 7:17
STJ O'Neill, (2) (Redmond, Gordon), 19:50

Third Period
SYR Paquette, (7) (Langelier-Parent, Connolly), 9:07
STJ Klingberg, (7) (MacKinnon, Riley), 19:29

There's not much to feel positive about from this contest. Syracuse was dominated on the shot board 47-15 and dominated on the scoreboard 6-2. The two teams square off again tomorrow when the Crunch will have a chance at redemption. As an old hockey hand once told me, it's really hard to paste the same team two nights in a row.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Fall to Admirals for Second-Straight Night, 2-1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jesse Blacker broke a tie with less than nine minutes remaining, lifting the Norfolk Admirals over the Syracuse Crunch for a second-straight night, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Crunch, who fell in the shootout to the Admirals Friday, spent most of the game rotating through five defensemen, after Jean-Philippe Cote was ejected for an illegal hit to the head at the 11:41 mark of the first period.

"Cote is a valuable guy," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler. "One, just having him out of the lineup period is just tough. But playing five D is tough too, especially in back-to-back games."

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