Syracuse Crunch

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.

SYR-2
TOR-3 (OT)

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.

SYR-2
TOR-3

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.

SYR-4
WBS-2

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.

SYR-3
HER-1

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.

SYR-2
UTI-4

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.

Crunch Score Three Unanswered Goals in Win Over Falcons


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It took some time, but the Crunch shrugged off the rust.

Coming out of a five-day break, Syracuse had the better chances but Springfield took a one-goal lead into the first intermission. The Crunch responded by scoring three unanswered goals in a 3-1 win over the Falcons at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“They got a lucky bounce and went up 1-0, but I think the key for us was to stick to our game,” said Crunch center Tanner Richard. “No one got discouraged, no one stopped believing. We knew we were going to get our chances and the pucks were going to go in eventually. Luckily, we got two in the second and we kept rolling from there.”

AHL Game Night: 12-26-15 Falcons at Crunch

First AHL goal for The Hit Man.

SPR-1
SYR-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 saves for the victory. In 7 AHL games he's sitting on a stylish .937 save percentage.

First Period
SPR Selleck, (4) (Mauermann, DiSalvatore), 17:33

Second Period
SYR Hart, (1) (DeAngelo, Walcott), 14:05
SYR McGinn, (9) (DeAngelo), 18:01

Third Period
SYR Richard, (1) (Erne), 4:00

Vasilevskiy, Brian Hart, and Anthony DeAngelo were the game's three stars. Hart had his first AHL goal in the contest, while the Lightning's top draft picks like Vasilevskiy, DeAngelo, and Erne continue to produce like top draft picks should.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-20-15 Crunch at Bears

Crunch fritter away a 3 goal lead to fall in OT.

SYR-4
HER-5 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 44 shots for the OT loss. Hard to be mad at the goaltender when the team gets outshot 44-16.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (7) (Erne, Tambellini), 8:06 (PP)
SYR Erne, (2) (Paradis, Taormina), 10:45 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (8) (DeAngelo, Peca), 13:21 (PP)

Second Period
HER Stanton, (2) (Camper, Walker), 13:39
HER Stephenson, (3) (Barber, Bowey), 14:42

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (11) (Paradis), 2:25 (SH)
HER Collins, (4) (Moore, Walker), 9:00
HER Djoos, (2) (Stephenson, Gazley), 11:22

Overtime
HER Collins, (5) (Stephenson), 0:25

Tye McGinn was the game's third star.

For much of the night, it looked like the Crunch were going to cap a pretty successful weekend with a win. Considering the team was having to play two defensemen at forward because of the injuries up top in Tampa Bay, maybe getting 3 of the possible 6 points out of the set is as successful as can be expected.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-19-15 Penguins at Crunch

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WBS-3
SYR-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Kostopoulos, (7) (Sundqvist, Andersen), 6:20

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
WBS O'Neill, (4) (Mouillierat, Rust), 3:33
WBS Kuhnhackl, (6) (Simon), 5:19

Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

Syracuse actually outshot Wilke-Barre/Scranton 30-23 in the contest, but couldn't find the scoresheet.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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