Syracuse Crunch

Rookies Lead the Way in Crunch's Win Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s lineup was filled with rookies and call-ups.

Nine players are in their first year in the pros, and six have spent time in the ECHL this season.

Syracuse still kept rolling.

The youth led the way with rookies combining for eight of the Crunch’s 13 points, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I think a lot of the rookies have the traits you need to be successful in pro hockey,” Crunch defenseman Mat Bodie said. “We transitioned to a speed game and we have a lot of guys that can really fly, so once they start playing with confidence — which they are now — it’s paying dividends for all of us here.”

AHL Game Night: 1-26-18 Senators at Crunch

Crunch's young guns continue to roll on.

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Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory. He's 8-2-1 since taking over as Syracuse's starter with Domingue up top in Tampa Bay.

First Period
1:56 SYR Cirelli (8), (Joseph, Bodie)
15:28 SYR Tammela (3), (Bodie, Volkov)

Second Period
1:09 SYR Archambault (3), (Cirelli, Joseph)

Third Period
0:52 BEL Burgdoerfer (4), (Hogberg)(PP)
4:03 SYR Thomas (3), (Bodie, Tammela)
6:04 BEL Burgdoerfer (5), (McCormick, Doornbosch)
17:02 SYR Stephens (16), (unassisted)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph, Anthony Cirelli, and Mat Bodie were the game's three stars. Jonne Tammela (The Cobra!) chipped in his first multi-point game of the campaign, as well.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-20-18 Crunch at Comets

Crunch start streaking in the wrong direction.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
16:58 UTI Boucher (19), (Goldobin, Demko)

Second Period
2:50 UTI Archibald (6), (Darcy, Goldobin)(PP)
5:42 SYR Tammela (2), (Bournival, McBain)(PP)
15:07 UTI Boucher (20), (Darcy, Holm)
17:32 UTI Darcy (2), (Sautner, Goldobin)

Third Period
0:29 SYR Bournival (13), (Cirelli, Walcott)

Adam Erne remains day-to-day, but then again, aren't we all?

At least Jonne Tammela (The Cobra!) potted his second AHL goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Point Streak Snapped by Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Head coach Benoit Groulx liked the first 20 minutes, but the Syracuse Crunch faded in the second and third periods against the North Division leaders.

The Crunch fell behind early and the Marlies finished with a pair of power play markers, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The loss snaps the Crunch’s 10 game point streak.

“I thought we had a great first period. Missed many opportunities. ... They had one chance and they scored on it,” Groulx said. “Then I thought they were the best team on the ice. We turned the puck over. We didn’t have any speed. Our power play killed the momentum. Our PK was so-so tonight.

“Overall, I thought the first was pretty good and then Toronto was the better team.”

AHL Game Night: 1-19-18 Marlies at Crunch

Erne-less Crunch drop key game against division-leading Marlies.

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Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:25 TOR Moore (6), (Mueller, Rychel)(PP)

Second Period
4:30 TOR Smith (18), (Kapanen, Liljegren)(PP)
10:08 SYR Stephens (14), (Cirelli, Yan)(PP)
15:54 TOR Greening (9), (Marchment, Moore)

Third Period
16:41 TOR Johnsson (16), (Moore)(PP)(EN)

Mitchell Stephens was the game's second star after scoring his team-leading 14th goal of his rookie pro campaign.

Syracuse got Anthony Cirelli and Dennis Yan back in the lineup, but with Adam Erne still nicked up the Syracuse attack continued to sputter tonight against the division leaders from Toronto.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-18 Crunch at Senators

Crunch winning streak snapped in goaltending duel.

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Connor Ingram re-entered the nets for the Crunch after Louis Domingue's return to Tampa Bay and stopped 23 of 25 shots for the OT loss. That snapped a personal six game winning streak for Ingram.

First Period
3:22 SYR Stephens (13), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Second Period[b]
18:55 BEL O'Brien (10), (McCormick, Chlapik)

[b]Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
2:13 BEL McCormick (6), (O'Brien, Burgdoerfer)

The Crunch offense may have been a little off kilter tonight with Adam Erne, Anthony Cirelli, and Dennis Yan all nicked up with injuries and out of the lineup. The club did get Mitchell Stephens' 13th goal of the season, Stephens has quickly and quietly ascended to the top of Syracuse's goalscoring list on the back of seven goals in his last eight games. His roughly three week rampage surely makes him yet another prime recall option for the Lightning's vacant roster spot, whenever they should choose to fill it.

With the point tonight, the Crunch are within three points of Rochester for second in the North Division with a game in hand on the Americans and five points back of first place Toronto with the Marlies holding a game in hand. The team's 9-1-0 run in their last ten games has put them within whisper's distance of catching the division's lead pack, which seemed nearly impossible just a couple of months ago when the team was languishing around last place.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Tammela scores first AHL goal, Crunch beat Devils


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It’s been a long road back for Jonne Tammela.

The Finnish rookie has been rehabbing in Syracuse since December 2016 as he recovered from three knee surgeries. Although there were some tough times, Tammela worked his way back into the Crunch lineup last week.

Now he’s starting to contribute on the scoresheet.

Tammela jammed in a rebound for his first North American pro goal Monday, as the Crunch shut out the Binghamton Devils, 3-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial for their ninth straight victory.

“My first thing was I was really happy,” Tammela said of the goal. “I didn’t realize it went in. Everything was so fast. … It felt good and obviously it helped the team win, so I think that was the most important thing.”

AHL Game Day: 1-15-18 Devils at Crunch

Dominguenator keeps his conditioning stint perfect.

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Louis Domingue stopped all 17 shots he faced for the shutout victory in light work to keep his perfect goose egg in this conditioning stint. Domingue runs his season save percentage in the AHL up to a stylish .921.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:43 SYR Stephens (12), (Volkov, McBain)(PP)
7:32 SYR Tammela (1), (Masin, Bournival)

Third Period
1:12 SYR Masin (6), (Peca)

Dominik Masin, Matthew Peca, and Jonne Tammela were the game's three stars.

With 16 points on his campaign, Masin has now more than doubled his points output from last season in 32 less games. He's also gone from -4 a season ago to a hefty +16 rating thus far this year. Peca, who may be the quiet favorite to be the next callup from the Crunch, is now riding a seven game points streak and has been brutally consistent most of the campaign. At the other end of the spectrum of great stories, Jonne Tammela (The Cobra!) comes off of three knee surgeries and pots his first AHL goal in his third game back.

Syracuse moves to within three points of second place Rochester with a game in hand and within five points, straight up, of North Division leader Toronto.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch End First Half with Shutout Win Over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch put an exclamation point on the first half of the season.

The Crunch scored three times in the second period and Louis Domingue made 27 saves for the shutout, as Syracuse beat the Rochester Americans, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Crunch, who have won eight straight games, started the season 4-9-1-3, but are now 23-12-1-2 at the exact midway point of the season.

“I think we turned our season around. No doubt about it. That was two months ago,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Now I think we’re 18 wins in our last 21 or 19 in the last 22. Something like that.

“We played well. Credit to our players. I thought we had a strong game here tonight.”

AHL Game Night: 1-13-18 Americans at Crunch

Dominguenator helps Crunch run winning streak to eight.

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Louis Domingue stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout win. That's how you work a conditioning start with style and flair.

First Period
7:20 SYR Joseph (8), (Stephens)(PP)

Second Period
2:11 SYR Erne (12), (Joseph, Peca)
14:21 SYR Stephens (11), (Joseph, Domingue)
14:59 SYR Volkov (11), (Verhaeghe, Stephens)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Domingue, Mathieu Joseph, and Mitchell Stephens were the game's three stars. With news of J.T. Brown's impending assignment to Syracuse, there's a forward spot open in Tampa and darned near every single guy you'd hope to step up and throw their resume across Yzerman's desk found the scoresheet tonight.

Tonight's big win moves Syracuse to within spitting distance of the Americans for the second spot in the North Division. They're now 4 points behind Rochester and seven points back of first place Toronto with a game in hand on each club.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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