Syracuse Crunch

Yan Records Three Points in Return, Crunch Beat Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx liked what he saw in the first game after the Christmas break.

Dennis Yan recorded three points in his return from injury, Syracuse rebounded from an early deficit and a power play goal in the third period lifted the Crunch over the Toronto Marlies, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

“I’m quite happy with this win, but the way we played overall?” Groulx said. “First of all, much better game than the last game here for our fans. Secondly, we had legs. That’s not easy when you have three days off. … I was happy with the legs and the energy we had tonight. (We were) executing pretty well and got better as the game went along. Overall, a good showing.”

AHL Game Night: 12/27/17 Marlies at Crunch

All Yan does is score.

TOR-4
SYR-5

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the win. Sweet goal support.

First Period
3:10 TOR Johnsson (11), (Kapanen)
4:22 SYR Yan (4), (Volkov)
10:53 SYR Yan (5), (Peca, Spencer)
15:04 TOR Mueller (7), (Timashov)
19:30 SYR Joseph (7), (Peca)

Second Period
1:45 TOR Gauthier (3), (Greening, Rychel)
17:46 SYR Lynch (8), (Yan, Stephens)(PP)
18:12 TOR Aaltonen (5), (unassisted)

Third Period
3:48 SYR Erne (9), (Joseph, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Dennis Yan and Matthew Peca were the game’s first and third stars. Yan got in his first game in four weeks and dropped 2-1-3 to raise his season scoring to 0.50 points a game, which is such a Dennis Yan thing to do. He has a very particular set of skills. Peca now has a personal seven game points streak with 3-9-12 in that span, as he lines up his case for a potential NHL cup of coffee.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Struggle Out of Gate in Loss to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Captain Erik Condra believes the Syracuse Crunch's confidence was a little too high.

After a dominating 8-2 performance in Belleville Friday, Syracuse struggled out of the gate in a 2-1 loss to the Utica Comets at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The loss snaps Syracuse’s six game home win streak.

“I just think we thought it was going to be easy like last night and it just wasn’t,” Condra said. “They’re a hardworking team. They took our coach (Trent Cull) and they play our system. He’s got them working hard. We weren’t ready for that, and then it was too little, too late.”

AHL Game Night: 12-23-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch goalscoring runs dry against rival Utica.

UTI-2
SYR-1

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the hard luck loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:54 UTI Chaput (9), (Molino, Wiercioch)
5:16 SYR Condra (4), (Peca, Verhaeghe)
16:54 UTI Molino (2), (Cassels)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Domingue was the game's second star.

After scoring eight against Belleville, it's crazy the Crunch offense ran aground tonight. They almost went shotless in the First Period, ultimately being awarded just one shot on frame in the opening 20 minutes, and things just never got rolling from there beyond the obligatory 15 shot score-effects effort in the Third Period.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-22-17 Crunch at Senators

The Crunch get a visit from the snowman with the merlot hat. Not purple. Merlot.

SYR-8
BEL-2

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the win. Goal support!

First Period
3:39 BEL White (5), (Werek)
5:42 SYR Masin (5), (Peca, Verhaeghe)
11:27 SYR Bournival (9), (Volkov, Condra)
15:22 SYR Condra (3), (Joseph, Cirelli)
15:59 SYR Bodie (3), (Peca, Volkov)

Second Period
3:34 SYR Stephens (6), (Bournival, Volkov)
11:56 SYR Joseph (6), (Masin, Condra)
14:27 BEL Murray (4), (Reinhart, Blunden)(PP)
17:41 SYR Peca (6), (Verhaeghe, McBain)(PP)

Third Period
13:22 SYR Bodie (4), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)

Matthew Peca, Erik Condra, and Mat Bodie were he game's three stars. Condra returned to the lineup and the Crunch were clearly a little spicy from their loss on Wednesday against Laval. Eight goals later they surely feel a little satisfaction.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-20-17 Crunch at Rocket

Rocket score 3 unanswered to pull away from Crunch.

SYR-2
LAV-5

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
0:28 LAV Cracknell (5), (Terry, Scherbak)
17:06 SYR Peca (5), (McBain, Thomas)(PP)

Second Period
5:46 LAV Scherbak (4), (Taormina, Terry)(PP)
15:55 SYR Joseph (5), (Verhaeghe)
16:45 LAV Cracknell (6), (Terry, Scherbak)

Third Period
7:00 LAV Lernout (1), (Cracknell)
14:08 LAV Terry (14), (Lernout)(EN)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Masin Adding More Offense in Second Pro Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dominik Masin is seeing quite an increase in point production in his second pro season.

The defenseman recorded nine points — more than he had all of last season — during the Syracuse Crunch's 10 game win streak from Nov. 22 to Dec. 15.

Not the flashiest player, Masin has focused on making simple plays and getting the puck on net.

"We've been scoring a lot and I'm happy that I can help the team with some points," Masin said. "I don't know, I guess I've been a little lucky too."

AHL Game Night: 12-15-17 Bruins at Crunch

Double digits winning streak.

PRO-3
SYR-5

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Goal support is a beautiful thing.

First Period
2:13 PRO Blidh (5), (unassisted)(SH)
3:18 SYR Verhaeghe (7), (Cirelli, Masin)
3:39 PRO Hennessy (4), (Acolatse, Zboril)
11:20 SYR Erne (7), (Bodie)
12:33 SYR Bournival (8), (Masin, Peca)
15:27 SYR Erne (8), (Peca, Bournival)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
5:04 SYR Lynch (6), (Cernak, Bournival)
11:56 PRO Senyshyn (5), (Blidh, Cave)

Adam Erne, Michael Bournival, and Domink Masin were the game's three stars. At Bolt Prospects, we love us some Dom Masin.

Syracuse runs their winning streak to 10 games with the victory. Long may it run.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Beat Bruins for 10th Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s winning streak has hit double digits.

The Crunch went ahead 4-2 in a wild first period and kept the Bruins from gaining any momentum, as Syracuse beat Providence 5-3 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday for its 10th straight victory. The loss also snaps the Bruins’ eight-game winning streak.

For Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, his team coming back from a pair of one-goal deficits early shows how much confidence his players have.

“I really like the fact we didn’t panic,” Groulx said. “They made two good plays on the first two goals. We fumbled the puck on the power play and then they made a good play down low, but we stuck with it and we bounced back right away.”

AHL Game Night: 12-9-17 Crunch at Senators

New Crunchning Death Star vaporizes Sens to run streak to nine.

SYR-6
BEL-0

Connor Ingram stopped all 18 shots he faced for the shutout victory, his first shutout as a pro.

First Period
9:01 SYR Volkov (5), (Lynch, Thomas)
14:37 SYR Stephens (4), (Volkov, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
7:35 SYR McBain (4), (Volkov, Peca)(PP)
15:05 SYR Stephens (5), (Masin)(SH)

Third Period
10:37 SYR Cirelli (6), (Erne, Joseph)(PP)
16:09 SYR Volkov (6), (Peca, Masin)

Alexander Volkov, Mitchell Stephens, and Ingram were the game's three stars.

Tonight you started to see the quality of the depth the Crunch have, prospect-wise, start to show. This isn't a team that has top scoring line NHL caliber skill on it, but everywhere you look there's a really high energy player who is a strong 200 foot player and plays a strong possession game. Cirelli and Joseph, in particular, had their way in the previous two games. Tonight was Volkov and Stephens' turn.

I'll also throw some love Dominik Masin's way tonight, as he had two assists and has been really good since joining the Crunch after some injuries nagged him in camp. He's formed a very solid pair with rookie Erik Cernak, and the mind wanders to thoughts of whether that may be a pair in the NHL in a couple of years time.

Syracuse is now 4 games over .500 and sits just 3 points back of Rochester for second in the North Division after the Americans dropped their game a shootout tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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