Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 4-14-19 Crunch at Comets

Crunch end regular season with a little rest.

SYR-3
UTI-4 (SO)

Atte Tolvanen started for the scratched Eddie Pasquale and allowed 3 goals on 42 shots before conceding to two of three shooters for the SO defeat.

First Period
3:49 SYR Volkov (23), (Stephens, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Second Period
4:09 SYR Somppi (2), (unassisted)
7:50 UTI Woods (7), (Jasek, Graham)(PP)
15:22 SYR Valleau (3), (Volkov)
17:34 UTI Arseneau (9), (Woods, Jasek)

Third Period
0:32 UTI MacEwen (22), (Kero, Graham)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Bligh
UTI- Jasek, Lind

Syracuse rested roughly a half dozen of its regulars and was subsequently outshot 42-18 in the contest. Kudos to Tolvanen for still giving his team a shot.

Syracuse will draw the Cleveland Monsters in the opening round of the playoffs. Pray they fare better against an Ohio-based team than the big club.

Box score from THeAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-13-19 Americans at Crunch

Kings of the North.

ROC-3
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:39 ROC Olofsson (29), (O'Regan)(PP)
10:26 SYR Raddysh (18), (Stephens, Masin)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
2:30 SYR Stephens (11), (Raddysh, Labrie)
2:47 ROC Olofsson (30), (Asplund, Gosselin)
16:39 SYR Verhaeghe (34), (Barre-Boulet)
18:06 SYR Dumont (15), (Gaunce)(EN)
19:43 ROC Smith (2), (Veilleux, Cornel)

Carter Verhaeghe and Pasquale were the game's first and second stars.

How wonderful was it for the Crunch to get a total team win to kick down the door to the division title and seize crown? The kids, Taylor Raddysh and Mitchell Stephens, got Syracuse into the winning time, and the veterans like Verhaeghe and Gabriel Dumont took the team over the finish line.

Now with 101 points going into their final regular season tilt tomorrow, Syracuse will finish with the second best regular season record in the entire league. The Crunch will wait to see who their first round playoff opponent will be: either the Belleville Senators or the Cleveland Monsters. Both clubs are tied at 82 points with the Sens holding a decisive ROW advantage as the tiebreaker. However, both teams have tough finales tomorrow against Rochester and Toronto, respectively.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-12-19 Rocket at Crunch

Crunch take care of business to set up important final two games of regular season.

LAV-1
SYR-5

Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:34 SYR Volkov (22), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)
2:39 SYR Andreoff (26), (Raddysh, Gaunce)
12:58 LAV Struthers (1), (Alain, Fleury)(PP)

Second Period
1:21 SYR Verhaeghe (32), (Gaunce, Conacher)(PP)
10:27 SYR Verhaeghe (33), (Dumont, Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
16:23 SYR Barre-Boulet (34), (Conacher)(PP)

Carter Verhaeghe, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Cameron Gaunce were the game's three stars.

This could've been a trap game where the team might've looked ahead at a big game against Rochester coming up, so it's reassuring to see the Crunch's big guns rise to the occasion to put away Laval efficiently in this one.

Rochester lost to Bingo in OT tonight, so the Crunch hold a 2 point lead in the North Division with each team having two games left to play. Tomorrow night, 7 pm, the Americans come to town. If Syracuse wins, they hang another division banner. If not, their ROW advantage is now such that they could still win the division with a win against Utica on Sunday in the regular season finale. But, I'm going to posit a guess that nobody's going to be satisfied with backing into a division championship. So, tomorrow's game takes on incredible importance.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-6-19 Americans at Crunch

Syracuse loses golden opportunity to put division away.

ROC-5
SYR-2

Atte Tolvanen allowed 5 goals on 35 shots for the loss. With Pasquale up with the Lightning, the Crunch asked for a lot from the ATO this weekend.

First Period
0:33 ROC Simpson (20), (Porter)
17:12 ROC MacWilliam (3), (Smith, Randell)

Second Period
2:05 ROC Veilleux (5), (Leier, Asplund)(PP)
4:03 ROC Smith (28), (Redmond)
11:22 ROC Simpson (21), (Hickey, Asplund)
19:30 SYR Barre-Boulet (33), (Andreoff, Verhaeghe)

Third Period
5:54 SYR Yan (11), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's third star.

Syracuse could've cut their magic number to clinch the North Division down to one point with a win. Now, Rochester has cut Syracuse's division lead to three points and the Americans hold a game in hand. Syracuse finishes with Laval, Rochester, and Utica in a three games in three days scenario with very little margin for error.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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