Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Day: 1-21-19 Devils at Crunch

"Score if you can. Survive if Ouellette you."

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Martin Ouellette had a wildly successful first start for the Crunch, stopping 19 of 20 shots for the win in a bit of a goaltending duel.

First Period
1:24 SYR Barre-Boulet (20), (Andreoff, Volkov)
19:44 SYR Gaunce (7), (Conacher, Foote)

Second Period
9:49 BNG Quenneville (10), (Kapla, Tangradi)(PP)

Third Period
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Alexander Volkov, Ouellette, and Cal Foote were the game's three stars. Ouellette's performance provided welcome relief for Eddie Pasquale, who has shouldered an incredibly heavy load with Connor Ingram out injured.

Syracuse inches to within two points of the top spot in the North Division with a game in hand on Rochester.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-18-19 Senators at Crunch

Volkov's winner sends Crunch back to the winner's circle.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:03 SYR Verhaeghe (17), (Foote)(PP)
4:01 SYR Andreoff (16), (Conacher, Valleau)(PP)

Second Period
4:29 SYR Colton (7), (Valleau, Yan)
6:34 BEL Chlapik (10), (Elliott, Goloubef)(PP)
19:46 BEL Rodewald (15), (Murray, McCormick)

Third Period
6:07 BEL Klimchuk (7), (Rodewald, Murray)
12:24 SYR Volkov (10), (Gaunce, Katchouk)
19:00 SYR Yan (9), (Conacher, Dumont)(EN)

Alexander Volkov and Nolan Valleau were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse built a nice three goal lead early in the Second Period only to surrender that lead entirely by early in the Third Period. It took a key goal by Volkov to help the Crunch get this one across the finish line. It was vital for a team that's been struggling a bit lately with a slightly sub-.500 record in their last ten games. Part of the issue has been the injury absence of Connor Ingram, who reportedly is close to returning, which has put an unsustainable workload on Eddie Pasquale over the past few weeks. Ingram's return could be a needed shot in the arm for Syracuse whenever it happens. The team remains three points out of the top spot in the North Division with one game in hand on Rochester and six in hand on Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-16-19 Crunch at Comets

Crunch get the false hope goal, but fall in Utica.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 27 shots for the loss before being replaced for the Third Period where Martin Ouellette made 2 saves on 2 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
0:25 UTI Pyatt (2), (Boucher)
18:41 UTI Dahlen (10), (Kero, Boucher)(PP)

Second Period
3:00 UTI Gaudette (5), (Bancks, MacEwen)
3:59 SYR Barre-Boulet (19), (Verhaeghe)
4:57 SYR Dumont (4), (Katchouk, Raddysh)
5:38 UTI Dahlen (11), (Gaunce, MacEwen)
15:33 UTI Lind (1), (Gaudette, Blujus)

Third Period
1:02 SYR Dumont (5), (Raddysh, Valleau)
7:03 SYR Volkov (9), (Foote, Yan)(PP)

A three goal deficit in the Third Period in pro hockey remains a death sentence seemingly 99% of the time. You might get the false hope goal to draw within one, but it's so hard to get a game tied and even harder to get all the way across the finish line to a victory. Syracuse came within an eyelash of tying the game late, but that's why the false hope goal is called the false hope goal.

Syracuse has fallen 3 points back of first place in the North Division and have burned off many of their games in hand, now holding just one game in hand on division leading Rochester, although they hold a staggering six games in hand on division co-leading Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-12-19 Crunch at Comets

Third Period comeback falls short in Utica.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. It sure would be nice to get Ingram back soon.

First Period
2:28 UTI Dahlen (9), (Kero, MacEwen)(PP)

Second Period
18:52 UTI Kero (16), (Boucher, Pyatt)

Third Period
4:01 SYR Katchouk (6), (Gaunce, Andreoff)
17:49 UTI Gaunce (12), (Hamilton, Bancks)
19:31 SYR Conacher (15), (Valleau, Gaunce)

Syracuse continues to struggle of late with starting slowly and then, also, getting goaltending that doesn't stop at least 9 of 10 shots. It's a frustrating sport when it's so much easier for the other team to score than yours.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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