Syracuse Crunch

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.

Gudlevskis Eager to Start After Stint With Lightning


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Kristers Gudlevskis did his best to stay calm and stick to his game plan.

Sent back to the Syracuse Crunch after spending more than two weeks as the backup goaltender with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 23-year-old was eager to return to the net last weekend. Gudlevskis made 35 saves in each game -- one of which went to overtime -- as the Crunch dropped a pair of games to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday and Sunday 3-2.

“At one point, if you don’t play that much, you become really hungry for those game,” Gudlevskis said. “You just wait for when you’re going to get in. At that point, it’s even better. You become really hungry to jump in games.”

Drouin Looks to Turn Focus Back to Hockey


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jonathan Drouin wants to put the focus back on hockey.

Three days after being assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the 20-year-old forward refused to comment on his agent Allan Walsh going public with a request to be traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Drouin is finally feeling 100 percent and ready to play hockey -- wherever that is.

“I’m not going to answer any questions about the trade request,” Drouin said in the brief press conference before an optional skate Tuesday. “It’s between my agent and (Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman). The only thing I can do is play hockey here.”

AHL Game Day: 1-3-16 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch at least get a point out of Toronto.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss. Even in defeat, that's another strong effort by Gudlevskis, who continues to show improved consistency this season.

First Period
TOR Hyman, (7) (Bailey, Brennan), 3:50
SYR Erne, (5) (Tambellini, Taormina), 15:27 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
TOR Brennan, (13) (Soshnikov), 1:12 (PP)
SYR Taormina, (7) (Richard, Blunden), 17:27

Overtime
TOR Panik, (9) (Leivo, Brennan), 3:30

Matt Taormina was the game's second star.

I'm not a big believer in moral victories, but to have two very competitive games in the barn of the league's best team is a positive for Syracuse. We'll see what they get out of Jonathan Drouin after he reports to the team in Tuesday. There's a window here for the Crunch to make a little run, and I hope they get a mad as hell Drouin at the center of that little run.

Adam Erne has 3 goals in his last 3 games. Part of me is incredibly interested to see what Erne could do on the end of some Drouin setups as a duo for now and into the future in the NHL.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1-2-16 Crunch at Marlies

Game effort comes up short in Toronto.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the loss. He was surprisingly sharp considering how little he's played as Bishop's backup in Tampa the past couple of weeks.

First Period
SYR Tambellini, (12) (Peca, McGinn), 3:20

Second Period
TOR Carrick, (5) (Leipsic, Frattin), 0:13
SYR McGinn, (12) (Dotchin), 14:37
TOR Holl, (3) (Hyman, Leivo), 15:45

Third Period
TOR Campbell, (8) (Hyman, Bailey), 2:51

Tye McGinn was the game's third star.

That's a really strong effort against arguably the best team in the league. Once the Crunch mix Jonathan Drouin into the roster we'll see if the extra speed/skill can translate into a little run for Syracuse.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-31-15 Crunch at Penguins

Vasiy stands on his head.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory including a sparkling "double save" in the Third Period to preserve the win that was the stuff of legend.

First Period
WBS Dea, (9) (Clendening, O'Neill), 7:03 (PP)
SYR Erne, (3) (Blunden, Richard), 15:56 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (6) (Richard), 18:22

Second Period
WBS Gill, (1) (Simon, Kuhnhackl), 8:16 (PP)
SYR Erne, (4) (Darcy, Broll), 9:35

Third Period
SYR Koekkoek, (2) (McGinn, Witkowski), 18:49 (EN)

Adam Erne and Mike Blunden were the game's first and third stars.

That's 3 goals and 5 points in the last 5 games for Erne, and after going the first 22 games of his season without a goal, Slater Koekkoek has gotten on the board in 2 of the last 3. The high draft picks continue to come through for Syracuse.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-29-15 Crunch at Bears

Brolldozer with the GWG.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. He raised his save percentage to .932 with the win while also beating Dan Ellis, which is chicken soup for the soul for Lightning fans.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR McGinn, (10) (Tambellini, Koekkoek), 9:15
HER Camper, (5) (Carey, Boyd), 17:47 (PP)
SYR Broll, (1) (Darcy), 19:48

Third Period
SYR McGinn, (11) (Walcott, Mormina), 4:58

Tye McGinn, Vasilevskiy, and David Broll were the game's three stars.

Syracuse actually was outshot 30-17 in the game. They got just 1 shot on goal, combined, from callup returnees Angelidis, Blunden, and Gourde.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 12-27-15 Crunch at Comets

Syracuse falls short and falls back to .500.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Blujus, (3) (DeAngelo, Darcy), 3:09 (PP)
UTI Shields, (1) (Grenier, Shinkaruk), 17:56

Second Period
UTI Kurtz, (1) (Negrin, Zalewski), 3:55
SYR Koekkoek, (1) (Taormina, Richard), 13:27 (PP)
UTI Landry, (1) (Subban, Gaunce), 17:45

Third Period
UTI Syvret, (2) (Shields, Friesen), 2:53

Well, at least Slater Koekkoek potted his first goal of the season. He's been the one top pick for Tampa that hasn't been hitting the scoresheet regularly despite some thoroughbred offensive instincts.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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