Game Night Results

  • 33 weeks 2 days 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 2 days ago

    Crunchning Death Star moves on to its next target.

    STJ-1
    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
    NO SCORING

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

    Overtime
    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.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 33 weeks 4 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 4 days ago

    Crunchning Death Star on the cusp of advancing.

    STJ-2
    SYR-3

    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
    NO SCORING

    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.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 33 weeks 5 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.

  • 34 weeks 18 hours ago

    Toledo Walleye 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 4
    Series tied at 3-3

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG, *FIRST STAR*
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-5, -3, 5 PIMS, 19 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, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 2 PIMS, 19 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

    Every now and then, a team comes along that just doesn't quit. Doesn't know they're supposed to lose. A team that can get behind the eight-ball, but somehow not get rattled, stayed poised, and scrap their way right back in it. Those kinds of teams make you fall in love with them. Those teams somehow make you believe. This Kalamazoo K-Wings team is that kind of team.

    Following the heartbreaker loss of Game 5, head coach Nick Bootland came back with Joel Martin in net for a win-or-go-home Game 6 at the Wings Event Center Sunday afternoon. It was Martin's first action since Game 2 in Toledo, and after the Walleye pasted two goals on the K-Wings in the first six minutes of the contest, Bootland's decision not to start Nick Riopel seemed questionable. However, give full marks to this scrappy team for not giving up. Starting at 4:29 left in the 1st, Kalamazoo reeled off 4 straight goals on Jake Paterson, winning Game 6 by a score of 4-3 and forcing a Game 7 on Tuesday night in Toledo.

    Early in the 2nd period, Bolt prospect Cam Darcy stickhandled through the left circle and threaded a perfect feed to Lane Scheidl in front of the crease, taking a check to the chops in order to make the play. Scheidl, with his back to Paterson, made a nifty little backwards between the legs shot that caught the Walleye netminder off guard for the 2-2 equalizer. Later in the period, the puck squirted out from a goal mouth scrambled and into the slot, and Bolt prospect Brian Hart skated in and roofed a wrister for the first K-Wings lead of the contest. It was Hart's fourth goal of the series and earned him First Star honors for the game. Just before the end of the 2nd period, Josh Pitt added Kalamazoo's 4th goal of the game and what would be the eventual game winner. The 3rd period had the Walleye throwing everything at the K-Wings, scoring a 3rd marker to draw within one goal and running up a 13-6 shot differential. Tonight there was no heartbreaker -- just a bus ticket punched back to Ohio with one elusive road win away from the Central Division finals against Pat Nagle and the Fort Wayne Komets, who eliminated the Quad City Mallards Saturday night in 5 games.

  • 34 weeks 1 day 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.

  • 34 weeks 2 days 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.

  • 34 weeks 2 days 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.

  • 34 weeks 4 days 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.

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