Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 3-22-14 Devils at Crunch

Has this team given up?

ALB-6
SYR-2

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 6 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Ugly all around.

First Period
ALB Hrabarenka, (7) , 3:28
ALB Larsson, (2) (Zajac, Janssen), 8:34
ALB Urbom, (1) (Hrabarenka, Zajac), 18:23

Second Period
ALB Boucher, (18) (Larsson, Whitney), 1:36
SYR Connolly, (16) (Paquette, Namestnikov), 2:56 (PP)
ALB Zajac, (9) (Wohlberg), 9:56

Third Period
ALB Sislo, (23) (Timmins, Whitney), 1:07 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (15) (DiSalvatore, Connolly), 16:14 (PP)

There is A LOT wrong in Syracuse right now. A LOT. And although some tweaks have already been made with a view toward next season, I don't think Julien BriseBois was in Syracuse this weekend just to take in the scenery. As the second half of this season has unfolded, it's become clear changes need to be made, but this last stretch of the year may mean bigger changes. This team is fast sinking to the bottom of the conference, and it's got to be an embarrassment to the Lightning organization at this point.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Downed By Devils, 6-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After putting the Syracuse Crunch on the board with a power play goal early in the second period, Brett Connolly celebrated with an unenthusiastic fist pump.

The goal brought the Crunch back to within three, but the Albany Devils continued to pour on the pressure to hand Syracuse its fourth-straight loss, 6-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"It's a moral victory that we played better tonight than we did last night," Connolly said. "But it's still not good enough."

Crunch Shut Out by Penguins, 2-0


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins scored twice in the first period, and held on to hand the Syracuse Crunch their second straight shutout loss, 2-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

Syracuse had trouble creating sustained pressure, and was held to four shots in the first period and 16 overall.

"For whatever reason -- it's hard to explain -- we came out flat tonight," said Syracuse forward Jon DiSalvatore. "You've got to be ready to battle, you've got to be ready for the pressure."

AHL Game Night: 3-21-14 Penguins at Crunch

Offensive outage continues.

WBS-2
SYR-0

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for another hard luck loss. Lack of goal support is a terrible thing.

First Period
WBS Machacek, (17) (Ebbett, Dumoulin), 7:38
WBS Payerl, (3) (Manderson, Zlobin), 17:39 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Gudlevkis was the game's third star.

16 shots on goal. That's all Syracuse could manage in the entire game. 16 shots on goal. That's about 5 less than Bishop had to stop in the Third Period alone against Toronto the other night. 16? It's embarrassing.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Smith Excited About Fresh Start with Syracuse


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dalton Smith doesn’t pull any punches as to what’s expected.

In limited minutes over his first five games with the Syracuse Crunch, the 6-2, 218-pound power forward has a goal and a fighting major, but while Smith has shown he can chip in on the scoresheet, he’s not focused on point production.

“I’m an energy guy, someone who’s going to stick up for his teammates," the 21-year-old said. "If we need a boost, hopefully I can make a play, whether it’s a big hit or a fight. Getting points is a bonus. They don’t expect me to put up big numbers. Just the way I play around the net, sometimes I get some lucky rebounds.”

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