After a 4-1 loss to the Hershey Bears, Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler was searching for answers.
The Crunch defense had lapses that hung goalie Kristers Gudlevskis out to dry and the offense -- despite having a 30-25 advantage in shots -- struggled to find traction against the Bears at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"Maybe it was four or five days between games, I don't know what it was," Zettler said. "We seemed flat. Maybe it was practices. I don't know, I have to look at it and I need to do a better job of getting these guys prepared."
No comeback for the Crunch tonight.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss.
HER Wellman, (11) (Strachan, Segal), 6:53
HER Wellman, (12) (Deschamps, Kolomatis), 7:44
HER Watkins, (4) (LeBlanc, Kolomatis), 13:26
SYR DiSalvatore, (3) (Connolly, Korobov), 9:38
HER Watkins, (5) (Byers, Potulny), 17:27 (EN)
Jon DiSalvatore was the game's third star.
Syracuse has fallen, at this moment, 7 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. They face Hershey again tomorrow.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The way Jon DiSalvatore looks at it, he doesn’t have much time to waste.
The 32-year-old forward, after being the odd-man out due to a restriction on import players with Munich of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany, wasn’t getting the ice time he had hoped for in his first European season.
DiSalvatore didn’t want to wait around, so he chose to return to North America.
"I just felt like the way things were being run out there, it felt like it was becoming a wasted year, a wasted opportunity," said DiSalvatore, a veteran of 10 American Hockey League seasons. "I don't feel like at this point in my career I have any years to waste."
Brett Connolly scored three times, but the Syracuse Crunch fell to the Binghamton Senators, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
Connolly is the third Crunch player to record a hat trick this season. Although he didn't record any points in his previous three games, Connolly had an eight-game point streak from Dec. 20 to Jan. 8.
"It's obviously a lot better when you have a good game and you win," Connolly said. "We need wins right now, and they're hard to come by in this league."
Syracuse follows suit and wastes a Connolly hat trick.
SYR Connolly, (10) (Paquette), 5:59 (PP)
BNG O'Brien, (6) (Schneider), 11:46 (SH)
BNG Petersson, (14) (Wideman, Pageau), 14:26
BNG Puempel, (14) (Da Costa, Hoffman), 15:45 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (11) (Namestnikov), 17:26
BNG Prince, (8) (New, Pageau), 15:28 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (12) (Namestnikov, Taormina), 4:01 (PP)
BNG Cowick, (7) (Claesson, Hamilton), 9:36
BNG Petersson, (15) (Pageau), 17:40 (EN)
Brett Connolly and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and third stars. It's unbelievable the organization had hat tricks at the NHL and AHL levels today and neither team won. That's got to be incredibly rare.
Syracuse is still 3 points back of St. John's for 8th in the Eastern Conference, but the loss allows Hershey and Worcester to jockey for position ahead of the Crunch in the standings. With the hole they've dug, every loss will have that effect from here on out.
Box score from TheAHL.com.