Game Night Results

  • 9 hours 52 min ago

    Crunchning Death Star comes from behind to quell rebel IceCaps uprising in 2OT.

    SYR-4
    STJ-3 (2OT)

    Series Tied 1-1

    Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 41 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    8:33 STJ de la Rose (1), (Matteau, Friberg)
    10:10 SYR Koekkoek (1), (Peca, Condra)

    Third Period
    4:46 STJ Hudon (1), (Terry, Scherbak)
    8:30 STJ Matteau (1), (Friberg, Redmond)
    15:43 SYR Taormina (1), (Condra, Conacher)
    17:16 SYR Conacher (1), (Taormina, Thomas)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Double Overtime
    10:37 SYR McGinn (2), (Peca, Taormina)

    Tye McGinn and Cory Conacher were the game's first and third stars.

    In these shortened best-of-five opening round series, it's not necessarily a death sentence to fall behind 2-0 on the road, but it seriously puts the favorite behind the eight ball if they do. Syracuse faced that dire prospect tonight down 2 goals with 6 minutes to go in regulation, when the Crunch veterans decided to put their stamp on this game and quite possibly change the course of this series.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 18 hours 59 min ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 2 at Toledo Walleye 3
    Toledo leads series 3-2

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, -1, 5 PIMS, 4 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 3-1-4, -2, 5 PIMS, 15 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 6-5-11, -7, 6 PIMs, 71 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG, *THIRD STAR*
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 2 PIMS, 17 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 5-20-25, +11, 10 PIMs, 51 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 59:40 MINS, 24/27
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0-0, 4.01 GAA, 0.849 SV%
    Season Totals (ECHL): 32 GP, 18-12-0-1, 3.13 GAA, 0.899 SV%, 1 SO

    Occasionally you just know if you post a game report right after the game, you'll just throw up. Such as the case after Friday night's heartbreaking road loss in Toledo for the K-Wings. After these two teams swapped 23 goals in the last 2 games, Game 5 of a 2-2 knotted series saw both squads buckle down and focus on keeping keeping pucks out of the net, and it served up a nail biter for the Kalamazoo faithful. After all, this series wasn't supposed to go down like this. A K-Wings team that struggled for a good part of the season was expected to just be a minor bump in the road for the Brabham Cup winning Toledo Walleye, the ECHL's best regular season team. Except someone forgot to tell the K-Wings. Through 4 games, Kalamazoo has given the Walleye all they can handle, and through it all shown tremendous poise. And so with Game 5 after both teams won back-to-backs at home, the teams returned to Toledo with a tall order for the K-Wings to take a game on the road, a must if Kalamazoo is to pull the upset and advance to the Central Division finals. They came close in Game 1, battling back from a 4-1 deficit to pressing for the equalizer with the clock ticking off the last seconds of the game.

    But let's talk about Game 5 as heart wrenching as it may be. Bolt prospect forward Cameron Darcy broke the 0-0 deadlock late in a evenly-played first period when he one-timed a power play marker past Toledo netminder Jake Paterson for the early 1-0 lead. Both Paterson and Kalamazoo goalie Nick Riopel were spectacular in keeping the other team from getting a big 1st period lead, one of the hallmarks of the series thus far. Peter Schneider assisted on Darcy's power play goal, his 19th consecutive game to point, and there's little doubt that Darcy has figured into most of those points Schneider has racked up. Darcy has been such a dynamic playmaker for the K-Wings since joining the team from Syracuse with 20 games left in the regular season. In those 25 games, Darcy has 26 assists and 34 points, playing mostly with Schneider on both the power play and even strength. Darcy earned Third Star honors in this road loss, marking three times he's earned one of the three stars of the game during this series.

    After the Walleye knotted the game at 1-1 midway through the 2nd period, fellow Bolt prospect forward Brian Hart picked up a loose rebound from a Tyler Biggs wrister and slipped it past Paterson for a 2-1 K-Wing lead. Hart seems so effective when he's playing that Tomas Holmstrom style game that earned him 11 goals for the Swamp Rabbits last season. It was Hart's third straight game in the series that he's scored, and his play in the series has certainly been a difference maker for a Kalamazoo team that needs contributions up and down the lineup if they are to advance past the Walleye. Hart also fought former Syracuse Cruncher Evan Rankin in the first period, reminding us that Hart has taken far fewer penalties this season for a player of his size. Welcome back, Mr. Hart, we've missed you.

    In some respects, the heartbreak was telegraphed at the end of the 2nd period. With 35 seconds remaining, Rankin was involved in a goal mouth scramble that resulted in Tyson Spink getting the 2-2 equalizer past Riopel. Goals scored in the last minute of a period just can't happen. The third period was some of the best hockey of the series, as both team battled hard. Both teams killed of crucial penalties, and the Walleye and Jake Paterson managed to keep the K-Wings pressure at bay. That is until 23 seconds left in regulation, when A.J. Jenks chased down puck in the Kalamazoo zone and buried a short-side goal past Riopel for the win. Heartbreak. The kind that leaves you speechless and wanting to throw up.

    The series shifts back to Kalamazoo Sunday afternoon, with the K-Wings facing elimination. They've been offensively prolific at home during the series, but need to play defense their road defense game. You simply cannot expect to put up a snowman on the Walleye again.

  • 1 day 10 hours ago

    Crunchning Death Star finds it harder to destroy worlds in opening playoff tilt.

    SYR-1
    STJ-2

    St. John's Leads the Series 1-0

    Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    16:05 STJ Scherbak (1), (Hudon, de la Rose)(PP)

    Second Period
    2:59 STJ Terry (1), (Hudon)

    Third Period
    10:21 SYR McGinn (1), (Peca, Howden)(PP)

    McKenna was the game's third star.

    Seems like the 'ning part of the equation may need to be a little more assertive in Game Two. Among the cadre of forwards who returned from Tampa Bay at season's end, the Crunch got 0 shots on goal from Conacher and Vermin and just 1 shot on goal a piece from Dumont and Gourde. At this time of year, your best players need to be your best players.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 3 days 9 hours ago

    Toledo Walleye 5 at Kalamazoo Wings 8
    Best of seven series tied at 2-2

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG, *THIRD STAR*
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 0 PIMS, 11 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 6-5-11, -7, 6 PIMs, 71 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG, *SECOND STAR*
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-6-8, +2, 2 PIMS, 14 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 5-20-25, +11, 10 PIMs, 51 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 31/36
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0-0, 4.35 GAA, 0.835 SV%
    Season Totals (ECHL): 32 GP, 18-12-0-1, 3.13 GAA, 0.899 SV%, 1 SO

    For the second time in as many nights, Bolt prospect forwards Brian Hart and Cameron Darcy were instrumental in helping bring home a big win for the K-Wings. Darcy earned second star honors with a goal and two assists in Kalamazoo's 8-5 victory over Toledo to knot the series at two games each. Hart earned the third star with a goal and an assist of his own. K-Wings head coach Darryl Bootland went back with Nic Riopel in net after last night's Game 3 and was rewarded with a 31 save performance. The Walleye threw 29 shots at Riopel in the 2nd and 3rd periods, and the netminder bent but he didn't break.

    Similar to Game 3, Kalamazoo came out of the gate furiously, slinging 16 shots at the Toledo netminders. But unlike Game 3, the K-Wings got to Toledo goalie Jake Paterson early and often, scoring 4 goals in the first 13 minutes and causing a goalie change to backup netminder Jeff Lerg. Kalamazoo added two more in the 2nd period and carried a 6-2 advantage into the locker room at the 2nd intermission. Toledo came out in the third period flying, running off three straight goals and closing the gap to 6-5 with still a half of a period to play. But the K-Wings showed great poise and closed out the last half of the period a couple of timely markers to seal the victory.

    Both teams have held serve on home ice and the series shifts back to Toledo for Game 5 on Friday night, with Game 6 returning to the Wings Event Center Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile in the other Central Division semi-final, the Fort Wayne Komets won in OT Wednesday to take a commanding 3-0 in their series with the Quad Cities Mallards.

  • 3 days 22 hours ago

    Toledo Walleye 4 at Kalamazoo Wings 6
    Toledo leads series 2-1

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG, *SECOND STAR*
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIMS, 9 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 6-5-11, -7, 6 PIMs, 71 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIMS, 7 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 1-4-5, E, 2 PIMS, 13 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 5-20-25, +11, 10 PIMs, 51 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 17/21
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0-0, 4.02 GAA, 0.814 SV%
    Season Totals (ECHL): 32 GP, 18-12-0-1, 3.13 GAA, 0.899 SV%, 1 SO

    Bolt prospect forwards Brian Hart and Cameron Darcy both featured prominently in a huge K-Wings Game 3 victory Tuesday night back at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. The K-Wings peppered Walleye netminder with 52 shots, while the Kalamazoo defense held the high-powered Toledo offense to just 21 shots. Hart scored the game winner with less than 3 minutes left in regulation, while Darcy assisted on all three of Peter Schneider's goals, including the empty netter with 22 seconds remaining to seal the four-goal 3rd period K-Wing flurry and a 6-4 win in front of nearly 1,200 hometown fans. Hart's game winner earned him Second Star honors. Both Darcy and Schneider logged a team-high 7 shots each.

    Despite 20 first period Kalamazoo shots, the first frame ended knotted at 1-1 as Justin Taylor finally solved Peterson with less than 90 seconds remaining in the period. The period ended with a Kalamazoo penalty and the Walleye took a 2-1 lead on the power play just 50 seconds into the second period. Kalamazoo tied the game 5 minutes later with a power-play goal of their own started by Darcy and ending with Schneider's first of the night. Later in the period, former Cruncher Evan Rankin tallied his 4th goal of the series for the Walleye, giving the Division champs the 3-2 lead at the second intermission. Early in the third, Darcy went back to work with some nifty puck magic before feeding Schneider for his second goal and the 3-3 equalizer. Both teams traded goals before the period's midpoint, until Hart broke the 4-4 tie late in the period with a one-time blast from the slot past Peterson.

    Another pivotal game awaits the K-Wings Wednesday night, as these teams battle again in Kalamazoo for Game 4. It will be interesting to see if the Walleye roll out backup Jeff Lerg in net after a three consecutive doses of Jake Peterson, and while neither K-Wing goalie has been a difference maker in the series thus far, Riopel is coming off the team's only series win.

  • 6 days 19 hours ago

    KHL Gagarin Cup Final
    Magnitogorsk 3 vs. St. Petersburg 5
    St. Petersburg Wins the Gagarin Cup 4-1
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Playoff totals: 18 GP, 7-16-23, +2, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength assist in SKA's Gagarin Cup clinching 5-3 win over Magnitogorsk. The forward played 14:39 in the match and led all SKA players in playoff scoring with 23 points in 18 games. SKA also got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-NHL'ers Evgeny Dadonov and Ilya Kovalchuk in the victory. Up against the wall in an elimination situation, Magnitka actually outshot SKA for the first time in the series by a margin of 45-31. Ex-Lightning draft pick Vasily Koshechkin, who was valiant in defeat in the series, was named MVP of the KHL playoffs.

    Gusev has one more year left on his SKA deal.

  • 1 week 9 hours ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 1 at Toledo 4
    Toledo leads series 2-0

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIMS, 5 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 6-5-11, -7, 6 PIMs, 71 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIMS, 6 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 5-20-25, +11, 10 PIMs, 51 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play (backup)
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0-0, 4.03 GAA, 0.818 SV%
    Season Totals (ECHL): 32 GP, 18-12-0-1, 3.13 GAA, 0.899 SV%, 1 SO

    Toledo was ready to play Saturday when Game #2 of the Central Division Semi-finals started, scoring the opening goal just over 3 minutes into the contest. The Walleye then imposed their will over of the K-Wings, running up 3 goals before the 9 minute mark. Midway through the 2nd period, former Syracuse Cruncher Evan Rankin added Toledo's 4th goal, his 2nd of the game and 3rd of the series, to effectively nail the lid of the game shut. Kalamazoo did manage to spoil Jake Peterson's shutout bid with a shortie with less than 4 minutes left in the game. Peterson was strong in a back-to-back performance, but had lots of help from the Walleye defense who held the K-Wings to just 21 shots.

    Granted, it's easy to critique in retrospect and from a distance, but an argument could be made for the K-Wings to roll right back with Riopel in Game 2 the way the Walleye did with Peterson. Riopel gave up a few goals early in Game 1, but he closed the door down the 2nd half of the game and gave his team a chance to win in a virtually even match. Something to be said of building off that momentum in Game 2. Instead, the team found itself in 3-0 hole before the midpoint of the 1st period, and the goalie wasn't even lifted. Not all those goal's were Joel Martin's fault, but you need to throw the kitchen sink at the best team in the league and try to split the road games. The series now travels to Kalamazoo for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with the K-Wings needing a critical win in Game 3.

  • 1 week 10 hours ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    In a season filled with overcoming adversity, the Crunch were able to achieve one of their goals on the final day of the season.

    Syracuse, which has dealt with a barrage of injuries and call-ups all season, rested many of their top players but still managed to pull out a 5-2 win over the Utica Comets, as the Crunch clinched the North Division championship at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    Syracuse begins a best of five series against St. John’s in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs on Wednesday.

    “We’re very proud of those guys. Obviously, with all the challenges we have faced this year, the way they responded is awesome,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We managed to get points in our last five games to put ourselves in position with the last two games at home with a chance to clinch the division. We did it.”

  • 1 week 11 hours ago

    Crunchning Death Star wins North Division crown on final night of regular season.

    UTI-2
    SYR-5

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    5:24 SYR Ikonen (6), (Racine, Froese)
    5:34 SYR Howden (3), (Vermin, Brodeur)

    Second Period
    3:31 SYR Kurtz (5), (Ikonen, Richard)
    4:07 UTI Goldobin (18), (Robak)
    10:04 SYR Vermin (13), (Froese, Blujus)(PP)
    18:46 UTI Goldobin (19), (Virtanen, Sautner)

    Third Period
    17:28 SYR Erne (14), (Froese, Richard)(EN)

    Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars. Scary thing is, this wasn't the full Crunchning Death Star lineup with Gourde and Conacher out, and they still rolled a Utica club that was desperate to make it into the postseason.

    Things get interesting now. I don't entirely know what to make of this team because it's a brand new, incredibly deep roster, that's only been together the final 4 or so games of the regular season. The North Division was obviously the weak stepsister of the Eastern Conference, so on the face of it the division title isn't super-impressive when you hold the Crunch up against clubs like Pens, Phantoms, Bears, and Bruins. BUT, the Crunch team that played the bulk of those games was often playing defensemen at forward or short of players because of injuries up top. The Crunchning Death Star absolutely has the depth and quality to compete with those teams, but they'll need to develop chemistry on the fly in the postseason in order to do so.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 week 22 hours ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Toledo 4
    Toledo leads series 1-0

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 6-5-11, -7, 6 PIMs, 71 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG, *THIRD STAR*
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 5-20-25, +11, 10 PIMs, 51 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 59:30 MINS, 18/22
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0-0, 4.03 GAA, 0.818 SV%
    Season Totals (ECHL): 32 GP, 18-12-0-1, 3.13 GAA, 0.899 SV%, 1 SO

    The K-Wings comeback bid fell short Friday night in their opening game of the Kelly Cup playoffs against the Brabham Cup winning Toledo Walleye. Kalamazoo opened the scoring less than 4 minutes in with early pressure, but the Walleye pushed back and scored the next 4 goals on K-Wings netminder Nic Riopel. Just past the midpoint of the 2nd period, the momentum shifted as the K-Wings mounted a push of their own. Bolt Prospect forward Cam Darcy got the next goal less than 6 minutes left in the 2nd to cut the deficit to 4-2 when he tapped in the rebound of a Kyle Bushbee point shot. Kalamazoo kept the pressure on in the 3rd, holding Toledo to just 3 shots and closing the gap to a single goal. Darcy burst into the zone and dropped a pass to a trailing Charlie Vasaturo who fired a shot past Walleye goalie Jake Peterson. The K-Wings amassed a 22-10 shot differential in the 2nd and 3rd periods, but could never get the equalizer. Darcy was named 3rd Star in a playoff road loss, signaling the kind of effort he displayed. These two teams square off for Game #2 Saturday night, again at the Huntington Center in Toledo, before heading back to Kalamazoo for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

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