Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Score Three Times in First Period to Top Penguins


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after a sluggish start led to a loss, Syracuse stormed out of the gate.

The Crunch scored three times in the first period, including twice on the power play, and held on despite a late flurry by the Penguins, as Syracuse beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Penguins.

“It was a good 60 minutes,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “I thought we started well. Our power play was good early, which certainly helped against a team that averages under two goals a game.”

AHL Game Night: 1-16-16: Penguins at Crunch

Wilcox halts Pens' winning streak.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Erne, (6) (Taormina, Tambellini), 11:31 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (14) (Gourde, Drouin), 12:20 (PP)
WBS Archibald, (5) (Simon), 17:39
SYR Blunden, (8) (Peca), 19:47

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
WBS Dea, (11) (Rowney, Uher), 4:47 (PP)
SYR Richard, (4) (Blunden), 19:39 (EN)

Wilcox, Matthew Peca, and Matt Blunden were the game's three stars.

Your nightly Drouinsanity update: 1 power play assist. Would like to see him shoot the puck more.

The Crunch's win stopped a 7 game winning streak that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was on.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Start Slow in Loss to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse got off to a slow start and never quite recovered.

The Crunch allowed a pair of first-period goals and didn’t find the back of the net until they pulled the goalie for an extra attacker in the final minutes, as Syracuse fell to the Utica Comets, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

For Crunch head coach Rob Zettler, his team didn’t move the puck well, which led to not being able to attack with speed.

“We came out flat to start, and there was some life in the second and third period, but the start really hurt us,” Zettler said. “We were flat for whatever reason and we weren’t moving pucks out well, and they came out strong and were up 2-0 early.”

AHL Game Night: 1-15-16 Comets at Crunch

Drouinsanity hits 4 games without a point.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
UTI Marino, (1) (Gaunce, Friesen), 2:01
UTI Zalewski, (8) (Bancks, Shinkaruk), 10:42

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
UTI Gaunce, (10) (Friesen), 3:09
SYR Blunden, (7) (Richard, McGinn), 18:54

Syracuse drops to 5th in the North Division with the loss.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-13-16 Crunch at Senators

Road point for Syracuse.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (4) (Taormina, DeAngelo), 6:46
BNG Puempel, (13) (Dzingel), 17:08

Second Period
SYR Richard, (3) (Angelidis, Dotchin), 2:04
BNG Paul, (4) (Lindberg, Mullen), 8:43 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Robinson, (8) (O'Dell), 12:16
SYR Paradis, (5) (Taormina, Richard), 15:02

Overtime
BNG Dzingel, (9) (O'Dell, Kostka), 1:36

Mike Angelidis was the game's third star.

That's three consecutive nights of Drouinsanity where its namesake has failed to find the scoresheet. Tanner Richard, however, has 2 goals and 5 points in the last 3 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Richard Continues to Round Out Game


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard is still adding more facets to his game.

A playmaker in junior, the Syracuse Crunch center spent the past two years developing a more physical presence fit for a grinding line. In his third full pro season, Richard has become the team’s most reliable player for faceoffs and is refining his ability to be an agitator that takes the opposition off their game.

Richard’s versatility has earned him more playing time in all situations.

“He’s matured as a player, because he’s more well-rounded,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “I can use him in a number of different situations. I trust him out there and he works hard to get back as well. He’s earned his ice time and he’s certainly been a valuable player for us all year.”

AHL Game Night: 1-10-16 Crunch at Americans

Drouinsanity weekend ends with Syracuse collecting 4 of 6 points.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, and was likely the margin in the contest today. He left the game Friday after feeling ill, but evidently got enough Vitamin C in the time between then and tonight.

First Period
SYR Tambellini, (16) (Peca), 1:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Ikonen, (2) (Peca, Taormina), 2:27
RCH Akeson, (7) (Leduc, Pysyk), 9:44 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

It was a quiet night for Drouin as Syracuse, in general, struggled a bit offensively. They were outshot 29-22 on the night, but still pulled out the win.

The win allowed Syracuse to move up into 4th in the North Division, leapfrogging over both Rochester and the Utica Comets.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Battle Back to Twice to Top Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits and then buckled down.

The Crunch answered the Bears’ goals in the first and second periods, pulled ahead in the third and hung on through some tense moments late, as Syracuse beat Hershey, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought our guys played really hard tonight — harder than we have in a long time,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “It was great. From top to bottom, I thought everyone was giving us everything they had. … A lot of blocked shots, a lot of hits — just more physically involved over and above the fights.”

AHL Game Night: 1-9-16 Bears at Crunch

Richard, Crunch vets steal the show on night number two of Drouinsanity.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
HER Bourque, (14) (Collins, Boyd), 4:04
SYR Tambellini, (15) (Taormina, Richard), 17:46 (PP)

Second Period
HER Djoos, (4) (Walker, Mitchell), 7:19
SYR Angelidis, (3) (Richard, Walcott), 9:01

Third Period
SYR McGinn, (13) (Peca, Tambellini), 6:45
SYR Richard, (2) , 19:36 (EN)

Jeff Tambellini and Wilcox were the game's first and second stars. Tanner Richard also had a 3 point night with 1 goal and 3 points.

And just in case you weren't getting enough controversy in your life as a hockey fan... Anthony DeAngelo was a healthy scratch again tonight for undisclosed reasons.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-8-16 Crunch at Devils

Third Period collapse tarnished night one of Drouinmania for Syracuse.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 10 shots in the First Period before giving way to Adam Wilcox who allowed 3 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

First Period
ALB Sislo, (14) (Lorito, Blandisi), 10:27 (PP)
SYR Drouin, (1) (Walcott), 12:08
ALB Tropp, (9) (Boucher), 14:12
SYR Drouin, (2) (Gourde, Blunden), 19:17

Second Period
ALB Pelley, (3) (Thomson, Scarlett), 8:44
SYR Tambellini, (13) (Taormina, McGinn), 10:39

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (14) (McGinn, Taormina), 5:14
ALB Sislo, (15) (Scarlett, Blandisi), 12:49 (PP)
ALB Lorito, (8) , 13:53
ALB Boucher, (13) (Sislo, Blandisi), 19:25 (EN)

Jeff Tambellini was the game's third star.

Jonathan Drouin had 2 goals and a team high 5 shots on goal in his season debut for the Crunch.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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