Game Night Results

  • 31 weeks 3 days ago

    Late game collapse points to trouble for Crunch.


    Syracuse Leads the Series 2-1

    Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the loss. Man, Syracuse could've really used a couple of more timely saves in this one.

    First Period
    11:44 SYR Erne (1), (Froese, Taormina)

    Second Period
    1:54 SYR Froese (3), (Taormina, Peca)(PP)
    10:07 TOR Johnsson (4), (Kapanen, O'Reilly)(PP)
    13:52 TOR Johnsson (5), (Greening)

    Third Period
    9:05 SYR Condra (4), (Koekkoek, McGinn)
    18:04 TOR Leipsic (3), (Nielsen, Kapanen)
    18:22 TOR Grundstrom (2), (Griffith, Oleksy)
    18:37 TOR Kapanen (2), (unassisted)

    The Crunchning Death Star ran into their first serious technical problem before Game Three learning of a 3 game suspension to Jake Dotchin for a late hit thrown in Game Two. Dotchin ended Tampa Bay's regular season playing like a NHL top-four defenseman, and losing Dotchin for the lineup for a key stretch of this series is a troubling problem for the Crunch defensive corps. They really need to get one of these games in Toronto and tonight they came within two minutes of pulling off the task before the bottom fell out. Now Toronto has momentum and an opportunity to knot the series up, putting some serious pressure back on Syracuse's shoulders while they're still without Dotchin's services for two more games. Game Four looms large.

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  • 31 weeks 6 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch surged early, but had to hang on at the end.

    The Crunch scored three times before the Marlies got a shot on goal and limited the Marlies to two shots in the first 20 minutes. Toronto was able to capitalize on three power plays to cut its deficit to two, but Syracuse held on for an 8-5 win in Game 2 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    Syracuse leads the series 2-0 as the series continues in Toronto Tuesday.

    “I think tonight showed some of our best hockey and then later in the game maybe not some of our best,” Crunch forward Matthew Peca said. “Limiting a team to two shots is pretty good. It’s all a part of how well we started. We were hitting. We were shooting. We were keeping the puck in their zone. We just have to play in their end and we’ll be fine.”

  • 31 weeks 6 days ago

    Crunchning Death Star snowmans unsuspecting Marlies.


    Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

    Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 19 shots for the victory. Maybe not a banner night for McKenna, but he got that sweet nectar known as goal support.

    First Period
    3:27 SYR Conacher (2), (Froese, Thomas)(SH)
    4:48 SYR Bournival (1), (Conacher, Gourde)
    9:30 SYR Peca (1), (Bournival, Erne)
    15:15 TOR Johnsson (3), (Holl)
    19:39 SYR McGinn (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

    Second Period
    2:29 SYR Vermin (2), (Walcott, Lynch)
    4:00 SYR Peca (2), (Condra, McGinn)
    8:15 TOR O'Reilly (1), (Grundstrom, Griffith)(PP)
    12:00 TOR Kapanen (1), (Dermott)(PP)

    Third Period
    10:46 TOR Grundstrom (1), (Nielsen, Griffith)(PP)
    11:58 SYR Conacher (3), (Gourde)(SH)
    16:18 SYR Vermin (3), (Masin, Gourde)(EN)
    18:56 TOR Griffith (1), (Greening)

    Cory Conacher, Matthew Peca, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars. There's little doubt this has been a veteran-heavy effort in the playoffs thus far, but it's good to see Matthew Peca having a good playoff run too, and he's now up to a point a game so far.

    Syracuse did an excellent job to hold serve at home in Game One and Two, making sure that Toronto suffered properly for stubbing their toe in their regular season finale on the way to losing the North Division crown. That said, the old adage is still true: it's not a series until someone loses a game at home. Syracuse's challenge now is to win at least one game in the Marlies' barn with a view toward winning this series as quickly as possible in preparation for the colossal challenge that awaits if they can make it to the conference final.

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  • 32 weeks 21 hours ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Dealt at the deadline, Byron Froese had a chance to show what he could do against his former team.

    Froese finished with a goal and an assist to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Toronto Marlies, 3-1, in Game 1 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Syracuse.

    “It’s not personal, but you always want to play well against a team that traded you away, right?” Froese said. “I don’t think I left on bad trms at all, but it’s an exciting series and it’s a big series for us.”

  • 32 weeks 22 hours ago

    Crunch win Game Uno on Cinco de Mayo.


    Syracuse Leads the Series 1-0

    Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    1:39 TOR Johnsson (2), (Nielsen, Moore)
    14:40 SYR Condra (3), (Froese, Taormina)(PP)

    Second Period
    16:15 SYR Froese (2), (Erne, Walcott)

    Third Period
    18:43 SYR Gourde (1), (Conacher, Condra)(EN)

    Byron Froese, McKenna, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars. Froese, the ex-Marlie, with a first taste of vengeance against his ex-organization.

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  • 33 weeks 20 hours ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    A former member of the IceCaps came back to haunt the team.

    Gabriel Dumont scored 2:18 into overtime to lift the Syracuse Crunch to a 2-1 overtime win over St. John’s in Game 4 of the North Division Semifinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    The Crunch take the series 3-1 and advance to the North Division Finals, while the IceCaps’ franchise is set to move to Laval next season.

    “There was two guys in front, so I didn’t really see it go in. I just heard the puck hit the middle post and the goal light go on,” Dumont said. “I was pretty excited and I didn’t know what to do.”

  • 33 weeks 21 hours ago

    Crunchning Death Star moves on to its next target.

    SYR-2 (OT)

    Syracuse Wins the Series 3-1

    Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory. After an uneven close to his regular season after the trade deadline, McKenna's upped his game for the postseason.

    First Period
    16:41 SYR Condra (2), (McGinn, Peca)(PP)

    Second Period

    Third Period
    14:27 STJ Matteau (3), (Audette, de la Rose)(PP)

    2:18 SYR Dumont (1), (Froese, Erne)

    McKenna, Gabriel Dumont, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars as the veterans continue to drive the bus for the Crunch.

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  • 33 weeks 2 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Despite letting an early two-goal lead slip away, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to pull out a win.

    Byron Froese scored with 3:55 left in the second period and the Crunch held the IceCaps off the board the rest of the way, as Syracuse beat St. Johns, 3-2, in the North Division Semifinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday. Syracuse leads the series 2-1 and hosts Game 4 of the best-of-five series on Friday.

    Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx knew the series would be a physical back-and-forth battle.

    “It’s been like that since day one and we don’t expect anything different Friday,” he said. “It’s a hard-fought battle and we found a way to win, so it’s good.”

  • 33 weeks 2 days ago

    Crunchning Death Star on the cusp of advancing.


    Syracuse Leads the Series 2-1

    Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the pivotal Game Three victory.

    First Period
    11:30 SYR Vermin (1), (Howden, Ikonen)
    13:28 SYR Condra (1), (McGinn, Taormina)

    Second Period
    12:17 STJ Redmond (1), (Hudon, Scherbak)(PP)
    12:45 STJ Matteau (2), (Friberg, Lernout)
    16:05 SYR Froese (1), (unassisted)

    Third Period

    Mike McKenna, Byron Froese, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars, as the vets continue to lead the way. That said, it should be noted that Brett Howden continues to be a contributor for the club since coming on board late in the regular season.

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  • 33 weeks 3 days ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 1 at Toledo Walleye 3
    Toledo wins series 4-3

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 4-1-5, -3, 5 PIMS, 20 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, -1, 0 PIMS, 5 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 3-7-10, +1, 2 PIMS, 24 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: 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

    Thirty-six seconds. That was the difference in this game, in this series. Former Syracuse Crunch forward Evan Rankin broke loose at 8:29 into a 1-1 tied 3rd period, and buries the eventual game winner past Kalamzaoo netminder Joel Martin. Thirty-six seconds later, Zach Nastasiuk takes advantage of a bad K-Wings change and blows in alone and stuffs another past Martin for the 3-1 Toledo lead and eventual win. The Walleye advance to play the Fort Wayne Komets in the Central Division finals. Toledo, under ECHL Coach of the Year Dan Watson, won an ECHL record 51 regular season games, but Kalamazoo gave them everything they could handle in this series. The K-Wings could just never break through to take that necessary road win, as the home team won each game in the series. Brian Hart didn't get credit for the K-Wings goal in the 1st period, but the replay sure looked like he deflected Charlie Vasaturo's point shot from the top of the crease in front of Toledo backup netminder Jeff Lerg. Walleye goalie Jake Paterson left the game in the first with an undisclosed injury, and you have to hand it to Lerg making 13 saves on 14 shots coming in cold in a Game 7. Kalamazoo can hold their heads high despite the outcome, as it was a great run down the stretch for a team that really seemed to turn the corner in the last third of the season.

    Bolt Prospects now turns our attention to prospect forwards Cameron Darcy and Brian Hart. The Syracuse Crunch are still early in the Calder Cup playoffs, but its extremely crowded at the forward position. Perhaps they will be able to join the practice squad, with an outside chance of maybe Darcy getting in a game at some point. He has earned it with his stellar play over the last 26 games in Kalamazoo, but there is a lot of young players with skill getting a look-see and plenty of vets needed to help secure a series win against St. John's, so it would certainly be a long shot. With Connor Ingram with the Crunch, I doubt we see Nick Riopel recalled, unless the practice squad needs a second goalie.

    Looking forward to next season with both Darcy and Hart in the final years of their ELCs, the Crunch lineup at forward will be tough to crack. Stephens, Joseph, Cirelli, Yan, Tammela along with Peca, Bournival, Froese, and McGinn, and Erne and Condra as bubble guys will all be in the mix. That's 9-11 forwards without even considering (re)signing of veteran free agents. Darcy and Hart will have their work cut out for them, but Darcy in particular was such a critical piece of the late season success of the K-Wings team, and he deserves more than a hat tip for going down and being one of the team's best players game in and game out.

    We'll end the ECHL season coverage at Bolt Prospects will a salute to the Kalamazoo Wings. It was a fun and dramatic series to watch, and like the rest of the organization, it seems like the future is brighter than today is.

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