Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 12-26-16 Crunch at Americans

Crunch grinched on the day after Christmas.

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RCH-5

Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
5:56 SYR Masin (1), (Peca, Taormina)
8:51 RCH Bailey (11), (Schneider, O'Reilly)(PP)
9:18 RCH Rodrigues (5), (Muzito-Bagenda, Bennett)
12:59 RCH Catenacci (4), (O'Reilly, Geiger)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:57 RCH Bailey (12), (Kennedy)
15:52 RCH Schneider (11), (Kennedy)

Dominik Masin scored his first pro goal in the match. Other than that, it was a clunker.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Erne Registers Four Points, But Crunch Fall to Wolf Pack


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne had a hand in every Syracuse goal, but the Crunch came up short.

The Syracuse forward netted a pair of goals and assists for his first four-point night as a pro, but the depleted Crunch fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

Three of the Crunch’s six leading scorers are on recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Obviously, we want to win hockey games regardless of the lineup,” Erne said. “I don’t think that’s really an excuse for us. I think we need to find a way to win these games.”

AHL Game Night: 12-21-16 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Frantic Syracuse comeback falls just short.

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SYR-4

Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 24 shots for the loss. With Ben Bishop potentially injured for the long term and Gudlevskis up in Tampa Bay, Syracuse's crease belongs to Wilcox now. We'll see how he handles the challenge.

First Period
16:08 SYR Erne (7), (Peca)
19:42 HFD Graves (4), (Joly, Jensen)

Second Period
2:58 HFD Tambellini (5), (Fontaine, Kampfer)(PP)
6:21 HFD Bodie (6), (Oksanen, McPherson)
7:48 SYR Hart (3), (Erne)
17:28 HFD Oksanen (2), (Bodie, McRae)

Third Period
1:01 SYR Erne (8), (Taormina)
2:11 HFD Fontaine (4), (Nieves)
4:00 SYR Walcott (1), (Gourde, Erne)

Adam Erne and Brian Hart were the game's first and third stars. Erne's 4 point night moves him to 5 goals and 10 points in 9 games in the month of December. An afterthought for much of the past few seasons, the former 2nd round pick Hart now has 3 goals and 4 points in the past 5 games. Two young power forwards starting to make a little progress, at least on the scoresheet, is a positive thing.

Syracuse's North Division lead has now shrunk to 2 points, although the Crunch still hold a couple of games in hand on Albany.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-18-16 Crunch at Bruins

Crunch drop finale of 3 game weekend set.

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PRO-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
13:57 PRO Kuraly (3), (Porter, White)

Second Period
7:24 SYR Halmo (8), (unassisted)
12:43 PRO DeBrusk (5), (Grzelcyk, Grant)

Third Period
18:09 PRO Vatrano (2), (Heinen, Cross)(EN)

Mike Halmo was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-17-16 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Saturday night's alright for fighting.

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BRI-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 13 shots before getting booted from the contest for fighting. Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 10 shots the rest of the way in cleanup duty to claim the rare bird that is the backdoor win.

First Period
14:01 SYR Hart (2), (Thomas, Peca)(PP)
14:47 SYR Gourde (8), (Brodeur, Bournival)
15:03 SYR Morin (4), (Dotchin, Taormina)

Second Period
9:24 BRI Gionta (1), (K. Jones, C. Jones)
14:05 BRI Pulock (1), (Toews, Kearns)
17:32 BRI Mayfield (2), (Kearns, St. Denis)
19:56 SYR Halmo (7), (Taormina, Gourde)

Third Period
5:53 SYR Comrie (2), (Taormina, Peca)(PP)

Matt Taormina and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse scorched their way to a 3-0 lead in the First Period and looked completely in control until 9:25 of the Second Period when Stephen Gionta scored Bridgeport's first goal and the following insanity broke loose:

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09:24 SYR Jake Dotchin, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 SYR Jake Dotchin, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 SYR Kristers Gudlevskis, Leaving the crease, 2 min
09:24 SYR Kristers Gudlevskis, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 SYR Kristers Gudlevskis, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 SYR Daniel Walcott, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 SYR Daniel Walcott, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 SYR Luke Witkowski, Slashing, 2 min PP
09:24 SYR Luke Witkowski, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 SYR Luke Witkowski, Misconduct - Continuing altercation, 10 min
09:24 BRI Patrick Cullity, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 BRI Patrick Cullity, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 BRI Kellen Jones, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 BRI Kellen Jones, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min
09:24 BRI Scott Mayfield, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 BRI Stephon Williams, Leaving the crease, 2 min
09:24 BRI Stephon Williams, Fighting, 5 min
09:24 BRI Stephon Williams, Game misconduct - Secondary altercation, 10 min

And a good time was had by all. Syracuse blew the 3 goal lead but were able to eventually regain the winning edge with a late Second Period marker by Halmo.

Syracuse is now 4 points clear of the rest of the North Division in first place and 6 points back of the conference lead with games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-16-16 Crunch at Wolf Pack

Goaltending duel settled in the penalty shot session.

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HFD-2 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 29 shots before conceding to both shooters he faced in the Shootout for the loss.

First Period
2:30 SYR Hart (1), (Erne, Thomas)
2:45 HFD Tambellini (4), (Kovacs, Jensen)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- NONE
HFD- Tambellini, Jensen

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Dotchin Working To Be More Than Stay-At-Home Defenseman


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin is adding more facets to his game in his third pro season.

Despite being known more as a physical people-mover than a flashy puck-mover, the Crunch blueliner is coming off a career week statistically. Dotchin registered five points and was a plus-five on Syracuse’s three-game homestand last week.

Dotchin is working to become more than a traditional stay-at-home defenseman.

“I think I’ve come a long way in the defensive zone, and I’m just bringing more aspects to my game now,” Dotchin said. “Bringing more offense will not only help me, but help the team win as well.”

Crunch Top Comets in Shootout, Earn All Six Points on Homestand


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard moved left and right as he slowly approached the net, and then quickly flicked a backhander that beat Michael Garteig’s glove.

The goal — followed by a save by Kristers Gudlevskis at the other end — sealed a 4-3 shootout win for the Syracuse Crunch over the Utica Comets at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The Crunch captured all six points on the three-game homestand, including two wins against divisional opponents.

“It’s a very good week for us, obviously,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Tonight we battled hard. It was our fifth game in eight days with some previous travel in St. John’s, so we had to battle hard last night and battle hard again against a very competitive Utica team. My hat’s off to our players.”

AHL Game Night: 12-10-16 Comets at Crunch

Crunch clip their rivals.

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SYR-4 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 34 shots before stopping 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
7:45 UTI Pelletier (1), (Kunyk, Subban)(PP)
13:20 SYR Ikonen (1), (Bournival, Gourde)

Second Period
5:03 UTI Virtanen (4), (Billins, Robak)(PP)
7:01 SYR Thomas (1), (Richard, Hart)

Third Period
0:12 SYR Taormina (8), (Dotchin, Peca)(SH)
15:21 UTI Cassels (3), (Kunyk, Grenier)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
UTI- Valk
SYR- Conacher, Richard

Tanner Richard, Henri Ikonen, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars.

Syracuse, for the moment, moves 6 points clear of second place atop the North Division. They're starting to make up some ground on Lehigh Valley for tops in the conference if they can stay on track.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Rally Past Devils in Third Period


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch found a way to rally late.

After erasing a pair of one-goal deficits, the Crunch pulled ahead late in the third period on a goal by Yanni Gourde, as Syracuse topped the Albany Devils, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“It shows we’ve got some confidence and we’ve got some confidence in this room,” Crunch assistant captain Erik Condra said. “No matter if we’re up a couple or down a couple, we’re going to work the same way. The puck was bouncing a lot out there, especially in the second … in the third we settled it down and played a more simple game. We know what we’ve got in the room. We’ve been rolling a little bit, and when you’re rolling like that you don’t want it to stop.”

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