Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 1-26-19 Americans at Crunch

Verhaeghe's hat trick inches Crunch closer in the division.

RCH-3
SYR-4 (OT)

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 25 shots in his return to the crease from injury for the Crunch.

First Period
8:22 ROC Wilson (2), (Simpson, Tennyson)(PP)
19:28 SYR Verhaeghe (18), (Gaunce)

Second Period
9:55 ROC Criscuolo (4), (Smith, Cornel)

Third Period
0:36 SYR Rutta (3), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)
9:19 ROC Guhle (5), (Olofsson, O'Regan)
18:33 SYR Verhaeghe (19), (Rutta, Gaunce)

Overtime
0:09 SYR Verhaeghe (20), (unassisted)

Verhaeghe, in my opinion, merited a cup of coffee in Tampa in the second half of last season and he's done nothing but improve his stock since then. The guy's done nothing but produce since coming over to the Lightning organization after the Isles cut bait. On a similar note, Jan Rutta now has 2-2-4 in his first couple of games with the Crunch. The guy's a NHL defenseman, and he seems to be a nice depth piece after the trade deadline when rosters can be expanded.

Syracuse sneaks to within three points of the division lead with two games in hand on Rochester.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-25-19 Thunderbirds at Crunch

Rutta shines in Crunch debut.

SPR-1
SYR-6

Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. I think a brief rest did him a ton of good.

First Period
4:18 SYR Katchouk (7), (Dumont, Raddysh)
11:38 SYR Rutta (2), (unassisted)
16:50 SPR Greco (18), (MacDonald, Hunt)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
4:17 SYR Raddysh (12), (Katchouk, Dumont)
10:30 SYR Volkov (11), (Conacher, Brassart)
11:31 SYR Barre-Boulet (21), (Conacher, Rutta)(PP)
16:10 SYR Brassart (2), (Volkov, Pasquale)(SH)

Boris Katchouk, Pasquale, and Jan Rutta were the game's three stars. Rutta, who came over from Chicago in the Koekkoek trade, immediately got to work with 1-1-2 in his first go with the Crunch. Also of note: Connor Ingram dressed for the night's tilt. He hasn't seen game action since 12/21, so Syracuse is inching closer to having a full complement of weapons on hand to attack the second half of the campaign.

The club now sits 4 points back of Rochester for the top spot in the division with 2 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1-21-19 Devils at Crunch

"Score if you can. Survive if Ouellette you."

BNG-1
SYR-2

Martin Ouellette had a wildly successful first start for the Crunch, stopping 19 of 20 shots for the win in a bit of a goaltending duel.

First Period
1:24 SYR Barre-Boulet (20), (Andreoff, Volkov)
19:44 SYR Gaunce (7), (Conacher, Foote)

Second Period
9:49 BNG Quenneville (10), (Kapla, Tangradi)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Alexander Volkov, Ouellette, and Cal Foote were the game's three stars. Ouellette's performance provided welcome relief for Eddie Pasquale, who has shouldered an incredibly heavy load with Connor Ingram out injured.

Syracuse inches to within two points of the top spot in the North Division with a game in hand on Rochester.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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

Volkov's winner sends Crunch back to the winner's circle.

BEL-3
SYR-5

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:03 SYR Verhaeghe (17), (Foote)(PP)
4:01 SYR Andreoff (16), (Conacher, Valleau)(PP)

Second Period
4:29 SYR Colton (7), (Valleau, Yan)
6:34 BEL Chlapik (10), (Elliott, Goloubef)(PP)
19:46 BEL Rodewald (15), (Murray, McCormick)

Third Period
6:07 BEL Klimchuk (7), (Rodewald, Murray)
12:24 SYR Volkov (10), (Gaunce, Katchouk)
19:00 SYR Yan (9), (Conacher, Dumont)(EN)

Alexander Volkov and Nolan Valleau were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse built a nice three goal lead early in the Second Period only to surrender that lead entirely by early in the Third Period. It took a key goal by Volkov to help the Crunch get this one across the finish line. It was vital for a team that's been struggling a bit lately with a slightly sub-.500 record in their last ten games. Part of the issue has been the injury absence of Connor Ingram, who reportedly is close to returning, which has put an unsustainable workload on Eddie Pasquale over the past few weeks. Ingram's return could be a needed shot in the arm for Syracuse whenever it happens. The team remains three points out of the top spot in the North Division with one game in hand on Rochester and six in hand on Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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