Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Win Seventh Straight By Blanking the Whale, 4-0

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Not even 24 hours after notching his first shutout in a Syracuse Crunch sweater, Cedrick Desjardins was back at it.

The netminder kept his streak going, stopping all 29 shots and leading the Crunch to a 4-0 win over the Connecticut Whale at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday afternoon.

"You never expect that," Desjardins said of his back-to-back whitewashes. "Those were two big games for us and teams we don't see a lot. We need to step up against those teams."

Desjardins, Crunch Shut Out Falcons, 3-0

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Most first impressions take all of a few seconds.

For the first 13-plus minutes in front of his new home crowd at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse Crunch goalie Cedrick Desjardins waited for his opportunity.

When the shots finally came - 26 in total - the New Brunswick native had an answer, notching his first shutout in a Crunch uniform and third of the season in a 3-0 win over the Springfield Falcons Saturday night.

"You want a good first impression at home," Desjardins said. "I don't think it gets better than that."

AHL Game Night: 2-23-13 Falcons at Crunch

Beasts of the East.


Cedrick Desjardin (pictured) raised shields for a 26 save shutout.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
SYR Barberio, (8) (Labrie, Connolly), 4:37
SYR Labrie, (10) (Cote, Wyman), 12:35
SYR Brown, (7) (Tyrell, Cote), 19:33 (EN)

Desjardins, Mark Barberio, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie were the game's three stars. J.T. Brown returned from injury and had an empty net goal in his first game back.

Syracuse came into this game 1 point ahead of Springfield for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. This was a battle of titans with a lot on the line, and ultimately Syracuse smoked the Falcons like a fine cigar. Mind you, Springfield netminder Allen York made it interesting, but Syracuse outshot Springfield 46-26 in this game, including 17-8 in the decisive final frame. That was a 1 versus 2 game. Think on that. Then think on the fact that the Crunch have won 6 in a row.

Uh oh, rest of the AHL. Jon Cooper sorted out the post-lockout madness. Jon Cooper has started to tune up the machine again. We've seen this movie before, folks, and we all remember how it ends.

Syracuse draws Connecticut next tomorrow afternoon.

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Crunch Complete Comeback in Shootout

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dana Tyrell believes it was a bit of hockey karma.

His team trailing 3-2 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, the Syracuse Crunch forward caught a break. The puck bounced behind the net, and despite many of the Toronto Marlies looking for the puck in the corner, Tyrell found it on his stick.

"I think it went up my pants. To be honest, I'm not really sure what happened," Tyrell said. "I was forechecking the puck down - hunting it down - and it bounced up somewhere. I think it got caught up in my gear somewhere. As I was coming around the net, it dropped down in front of me and I had an open net.

"If we work hard as a team, we're going to get bounces like that," he added.

Tyrell's goal sent the game to overtime and the Crunch completed the comeback in the shootout, topping the Marlies 4-3 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday night. Syracuse has shrugged its slump that lasted from late January into early February, winning its last five games.

AHL Game Night: 2-20-13 Marlies at Crunch

5 in a row.

SYR-4 (SO)

Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 31 shots before stopping 3 of 5 in the penalty shot session for the win. Riku is now on a personal 4 game winning streak.

First Period
TOR Colborne, (8) (Zigomanis, Hamilton), 19:59 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Angelidis, (9) (Palat, Hutchings), 2:46
TOR Colborne, (9) (Abbott, Mottau), 5:43
SYR Palat, (7) (Barberio, Helenius), 6:51 (PP)

Third Period
TOR Hamilton, (21) (Yeo, Colborne), 6:50
SYR Tyrell, (4) (Korobov), 18:26


TOR- Colborne, Connolly
SYR- Palat, Connolly, Gudas

Dana Tyrell and Ondrej Palat were named the game's first and third stars. Palat has 1 goal and 6 points in his last 3 games, all multi-point efforts.

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Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Midterm Prospect Rankings

By Pete Choquette

It's been a long, strange trip for Bolt Prospects to arrive at this year's Midterm Prospect Rankings. Between the end of the NHL lockout and an abbreviated training camp, call-ups, graduations, and trades, there's been a lot of movement in the rankings. One lesson learned from the first half of this season: no more standing still for Lightning prospects. Even first and second round picks can't afford to stagnate in their development with so much quality depth within the organization. More than that, the youth movement is already beginning in Tampa Bay with three prospects currently up with the Lightning and recently graduated Keith Aulie also with the NHL club.

AHL Game Night: 2-18-13 Crunch at Devils

The return of The Entertainer.


Cedrick "The Entertainer" Desjardins made his Crunch debut stopping 23 of 26 for the win. Riku Helenius, who was named the AHL Player of the Week, got the night off.

First Period
SYR Tyrell, (3) (Hutchings, Angelidis), 9:40
SYR Johnson, (24) (Palat, Cote), 10:14
ALB Sislo, (3) (Zalewski, Urbom), 14:32 (PP)

Second Period

Third Period
SYR Johnson, (25) (Wyman), 3:45
ALB Zalewski, (9) (DeSimone, Urbom), 7:26
SYR Johnson, (26) (Palat, Korobov), 14:27 (PP)
ALB Josefson, (9) (Gelinas, Anderson), 18:28
SYR Connolly, (22) , 19:57 (EN)

Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat (pictured) were the game's first and third stars. Palat's 29 assists are tied for 6th most in the league while Johnson is now tied for the lead in goals.

So, after a month of struggling to regain their equilibrium, lookee at the standings and Syracuse is right back on top of the Eastern Conference standings, moving 1 point ahead of Bingo and Springfield. Jon Cooper = Jedi. Syracuse draws the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday.

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AHL Game Night: 2-17-13 Crunch at Penguins

Riku is hulking up.


Riku Helenius (pictured) stopped all 23 shots he faced for his 2nd shutout in the past 3 games and his 4th shutout of the season. He's allowed just 1 goal over the span of those 3 games. We've seen this before with Helenius, when he had a string of shutouts early in the season for JYP en route to backstopping them to a SM-liiga title. His save percentage is still just .891 for the season, and the Lightning just acquired Cedrick Desjardins for a reason, but when Riku starts getting on a roll like this, he can be unbelievable.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
SYR Wilson, (2) (Labrie), 2:02
SYR Connolly, (21) (Palat, Johnson), 3:25
SYR Wilson, (3) (Johnson, Palat), 11:44

Helenius, Kyle Wilson, and Brett Connolly were the game's three stars.

Syracuse draws Albany tomorrow night as they try to run down Springfield and Binghamton for the conference lead.

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AHL Game Night: 2-15-13 Crunch at Senators

Jon Cooper must be a Jedi.


Riku Helenius (pictured) allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the victory. His season save percentage is still languishing at .885, but he's only allowed 1 goal over his last 2 starts and has stopped 56 of 57 shots in that span. There's not a huge opening for Helenius, but with Tokarski gone, if he can take the #1 job in Syracuse and run with it for a great second half and a deep playoff run, he could set himself up to the NHL.

First Period
SYR Connolly, (20) (Tyrell), 3:51 (PP)
SYR Wyman, (7) (Gudas), 5:36
SYR Hutchings, (1) (Angelidis, Cote), 8:12
SYR Wyman, (8) , 11:03 (SH)

Second Period
SYR Labrie, (9) , 12:55
BNG Prince, (10) (Cannone, Lebda), 16:18 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Wyman, (9) (Connolly, Barberio), 4:40
SYR Tyrell, (2) (Wyman, Gudas), 19:23 (PP)

J.T. Wyman, Brett Connolly, and Helenius were the game's three stars.

Connolly becomes the third Crunch player to hit 20 goals this season (Johnson and Panik). Dana Tyrell has 3 points in 3 games since being sent down to the AHL. After posting two straight multi-point games, Radko Gudas is just 3 points shy of his pro high in points. He's also 6 PIMs shy of his pro high in penalty minutes, too, for that matter.

Entering the night, Binghamton was tied for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, and Syracuse just smashed them after destroying Albany 6-0 on Wednesday night. Whatever voodoo potion Jon Cooper employed to not only weather all the call ups, the trade of his #1 goaltender, and the lineup shuffling, but to start annihilating teams in the midst of it all, he needs to Fedex a supply to Guy Boucher.

Syracuse draws Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday.

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AHL Game Night: 2-13-13 Crunch at Devils

No Panik? No Killorn? No problem.


Riku Helenius stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

First Period
SYR Barberio, (7) (Johnson, Connolly), 0:45 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Korobov, (3) (Devos, Gudas), 4:30 (PP)
SYR Gudas, (4) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 5:07 (PP)
SYR Tyrell, (1) , 12:21 (SH)
SYR Wyman, (6) (Devos, Barberio), 16:49 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (8) , 19:44 (SH)

Third Period

Helenius, Radko Gudas, and Dmitry Korobov were the game's three stars.

Dana Tyrell chipped in a shorthanded goal in the victory.

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