Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 3-20-19 Crunch at Checkers

Crunch lose a heartbreaker and chance to claim AHL supremacy.

SYR-2
CHA-4

Martin Ouellette stopped both shots he faced before giving way to Eddie Pasquale who allowed 3 goals on 28 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:29 CHA McKeown (3), (Roy, Lorentz)
17:11 SYR Dumont (11), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)
18:51 CHA Necas (12), (Bean, Geekie)(PP)

Third Period
4:31 CHA Necas (13), (Bean, Geekie)(PP)
4:47 SYR Verhaeghe (29), (unassisted)
18:54 CHA Roy (16), (Robertson)(EN)

Charlotte moves to 4 points ahead of Syracuse in the race for the AHL's top spot with 11 games left on both teams' schedules. Syracuse maintains a 5 point edge on Rochester for the top spot in the North Division, but the Americans now hold a game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-19-19 Crunch at Checkers

Syracuse scores huge victory in clash of AHL's best.

SYR-2
CHA-1 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
11:22 SYR Foote (9), (Yan, Volkov)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
4:11 CHA Necas (11), (Jurco, Gauthier)(PP)

Overtime
1:59 SYR Barre-Boulet (30), (Raddysh, Gaunce)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Pasquale were the game's first and second stars. For Barre-Boulet, that's the 30th goal of a fantastic rookie campaign, and arguably none of the 30 goals was bigger than the one he scored tonight. Syracuse pulled to within two points of Charlotte for the top spot in the entire league and expanded its lead over Rochester to a nice five point advantage with a dozen games left to go.

And these two teams will do it all over again tomorrow night...

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-16-19 Devils at Crunch

Volkov and company expand Crunch's North Division lead.

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SYR-4

Martin Ouellette allowed just 1 goal on 18 shots for the victory.

First Period
4:02 SYR Andreoff (24), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Second Period
1:59 SYR Volkov (15), (Dumont, Tammela)
11:42 SYR Verhaeghe (28), (Stephens, Labrie)
19:24 BNG Schmelzer (10), (Saracino, Seney)(PP)

Third Period
19:02 SYR Volkov (16), (Andreoff, Thomas)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe, Alexander Volkov, and Ouellette were the game's three stars. Volkov made a strong push late in the season last year to seal a 20-goal campaign and he looks to be following the same roadmap this season. He now had 4 goals in his last 5 games to ease up to 16 goals for the season.

Syracuse's win, coupled with Rochester's loss to Charlotte, pushes the Crunch up to a 3 point advantage in the race for the North Division crown. Now the schedule gets a little spicy with a short turnaround for a Tuesday/Wednesday back-to-back against the league-leading Checkers. Glass half empty man says, "Oh my goodness, if the Crunch drop both games they open the door for Rochester to take back the division lead!" Glass half full man says, "Sweep the set and the Crunch will have the best rest record in the entire league." The stakes are high this coming week.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-15-19 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Syracuse takes the North Division lead with smooth victory over Hartford.

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SYR-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:07 SYR Volkov (14), (Dumont, Conacher)

Second Period
19:27 SYR Andreoff (23), (Raddysh, Colton)

Third Period
1:56 SYR Stephens (10), (Katchouk, Brassart)
11:51 HFD Fontaine (9), (Gilmour, Beleskey)(PP)
18:53 HFD Lettieri (23), (Gilmour, Gropp)

Gabriel Dumont, Taylor Raddysh, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars. Katchouk made perhaps the play of the game with a Vincent Lecavalier-esque move around the corner on the rush and a behind-the-back pass that ended up being the goal that pushed the Syracuse lead to 3-0 that he chased with a roughing call and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after starting a retaliatory scrap right after the goal. In other words, a Katchouk-ian microcosm of Katchouk-ianism. The goal gave the Crunch that all important three goal margin in the final frame. And, yes, Hartford did get the old false hope goal, but in the end the three goal lead remains a virtual death sentence for the trailing team in pro hockey.

With Rochester stubbing their toe against Charlotte, Syracuse moved one point ahead in the North Division while still holding a game in hand. Also of note: Syracuse is just a scant three points back of the Checkers for the best record in the entire AHL with both teams sitting on 14 games remaining on their schedules.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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