Game Night Results

  • 18 weeks 13 hours ago

    Crushing road loss caps unsuccessful weekend for Syracuse.

    WBS- 6

    Connor Ingram allowed 6 goals on 31 shots for the defeat. Welcome to the AHL.

    First Period
    0:34 WBS Dea (2), (Bengtsson)

    Second Period
    1:16 WBS Wilson (2), (Sprong, Quinney)
    4:16 WBS DiPauli (2), (Blueger, Sestito)
    12:04 SYR Conacher (3), (McBain, Joseph)(PP)
    16:59 WBS Thomas (1), (Trotman, Kostopoulos)(PP)

    Third Period
    9:47 WBS Sprong (4), (Quinney, Corrado)
    14:42 WBS Quinney (1), (Sprong)

    Well, at least Mathieu Joseph got his first pro point.

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  • 18 weeks 1 day ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch lost the special teams battle.

    The Crunch finished the night 0-for-5 with the man-advantage and allowed a pair of Comets power play goals, as Syracuse fell to Utica, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “They were the best team in the first period. We got better as the game went along,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Overall, I think your best players are playing on specialty teams, and I think their best players were better than ours today.”

  • 18 weeks 1 day ago

    Crunch drop another tightly fought battle.


    Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 19 shots as the Comets overcame a 26-19 shot disparity to pull out the win.

    First Period
    7:57 UTI Goldobin (3), (Boucher, Holm)
    19:14 SYR Conacher (2), (Bodie, Cirelli)

    Second Period
    12:41 UTI Holm (1), (Bancks, Goldobin)(PP)

    Third Period
    3:22 SYR Cernak (1), (Stephens, Walcott)
    6:38 UTI Chaput (1), (McEneny, Holm)(PP)

    Mitchell Stephens was the game's second star. He assisted on Erik Cernak's first professional goal in the defeat.

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  • 18 weeks 1 day ago

    Lightning kick ice in honor of Inaugural Team Night.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. His lone blemish was a quick release seeing eye shot through a double screen. We'll forgive him.

    First Period

    Second Period
    8:20 TB Johnson (2), (Sergachev, Point)(PP)

    Third Period
    6:27 TB Kucherov (5), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
    16:37 STL Tarasenko (4), (Schwartz, Schenn)

    Vasilevskiy, Nikita Kucherov, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

    Different kind of game against a different kind of team. The shot totals were fairly even but I still felt like the Lightning carried the balance of play throughout this one and deserved the 2 points. Three quality wins in a row put the Lightning at 4-1-0-0 to start the campaign, including an unblemished record on home ice as they try to re-establish Amalie Arena as a fortress for the club. That puts them at 8 points halfway through the opening segment of the season. They just need 4 in the next 5 games to stay on minimum playoff pace, which means they have an opportunity over the next 5 games to potentially build a nice little cushion of points right out of the gate this year.

    Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 8:42.

    Yanni Gourde had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 17:38. More shots, Yanni.

    Jake Dotchin had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots in 16:26.

    Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and 2 shots and 3 hits in 10:27. It was a calmer performance tonight and he earned his second NHL point after getting awarded a helper after the fact in the Lightning's opener.

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  • 18 weeks 2 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Dennis Yan hit a career milestone, but was more concerned with the final result.

    The Crunch rookie netted his first professional goal in the second period and added the eventual game-winner early in the third, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    “Of course it feels good, but I’m really happy we got the first win of the season because we started with two losses,” Yan said. “So I’m happy for the guys. The first win is important and we still have two games this weekend, so it’s pretty good to have the first win this weekend.”

  • 18 weeks 2 days ago

    Yan can cook.


    Michael Leighton allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    2:04 SYR McGinn (1), (McBain, Conacher)(PP)

    Second Period
    9:17 SYR Yan (1), (Cirelli, Akeson)
    11:12 BEL DiDomenico (2), (Murray, Blunden)
    18:58 BEL McCormick (1), (unassisted)(SH)

    Third Period
    3:53 SYR Yan (2), (Akeson, Stephens)
    19:05 SYR Cirelli (1), (Conacher, Bournival)(EN)

    Dennis Yan and Jason Akeson were the game's first and second stars.

    Although less hyped and arguably less well-rounded than some of his fellow rookies, Yan does one thing really well. And, if you're going to be good at just one thing, scoring goals might be the one you'd want to pick. He potted the first two goals of his pro career. Fellow rookie Anthony Cirelli also got his first pro goal on the insurance empty netter.

    Syracuse grabbed their first win of the campaign to even their record at 1-1-1-0.

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  • 18 weeks 3 days ago

    Bow down to your new blueline overlord.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 40 shots for the victory. It's been like watching a new age Grant Fuhr early in this season. The stats don't part your hair when you read them, but he makes the big saves to help the team get W's.

    First Period
    6:07 TB Koekkoek (1), (Kunitz, Stralman)
    13:46 PIT Guentzel (2), (Letang, Rust)
    19:59 TB Hedman (1), (Killorn, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    3:59 TB Stamkos (1), (Namestnikov, Killorn)(PP)
    8:58 PUT Sheary (3), (Ruhwedel, Niemi)
    9:49 TB Kucherov (4), (Coburn, Killorn)
    14:24 PIT Rust (1), (Guentzel, Maatta)(PP)
    17:55 TB Koekkoek (2), (Killorn, Johnson)

    Third Period
    10:01 PIT Hunwick (1), (McKegg, Kessel)

    Slater Koekkoek, Alex Killorn, and Kikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

    It wasn't the same tour de force performance that the Lightning put together against Washington, but the Lightning looked the better team 5 v 5 all night long against Pittsburgh and deserved the result tonight. Had they stayed out of the box consistently, they surely would've made this a lot easier on themselves, and even with some lapses of discipline there were several moments in the game it looked like it was teetering on the edge of the Lightning getting a 3 goal lead and making it a laugher. Against that team, that's impressive. Back-to-back wins against Washington and Pittsburgh are absolutely impressive, and leave little doubt the Lightning are legit early in this campaign.

    4 games into the season, the Lightning have 6 points. 6 more points to collect in the next 6 games to make this a successful segment of the season.

    Koekkoek had his first 2 NHL goals and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:44. The first goal, which was deflected by the Pens and a bit of puck luck, looked like it took a 200 pound gorilla off of Slater's back. The second goal looked like sheer exuberance as Koekkoek emerged from the box to patiently deposit a 3-on-1 chance on his backhand. Might be time to give him a game or two with a little more IT to see how he handles it.

    Yanni Gourde had 3 shots and was 50% on 4 draws in 15:45. I liked that he was shooting the puck more. That will pay dividends in the long run.

    Gabriel Dumont was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 8:59. He was also 33% on 9 draws. Skating's an issue. It just needs to be said.

    Jake Dotchin was -1 with 2 blocked shots in 16:45. Little by little, he keeps rounding into form.

    Mikhail Sergachev was -1 in just 5:22 of ice time. Sheary snuck behind him off the bench to steal a goal, and it seemed like Sergachev didn't see the ice much after that. With Koekkoek playing a nice little game, I wouldn't be shocked in the Lightning gave Mikhail a game off to watch and re-center before throwing him back into the fire.

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  • 18 weeks 6 days ago

    Out of the ashes, Tampa Bay issues a statement.

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    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory. The stat lines not pretty, but a handful of his saves had to be in order to allow the Lightning to keep contact and get the win.

    First Period
    16:42 WSH Backstrom (1), (Burakovsky, Oshie)
    18:05 WSH Oshie (2), (Carlson, Backstrom)(PP)

    Second Period
    5:28 TB Killorn (1), (Point, Coburn)
    7:49 WSH Oshie (3), (Backstrom, Kuznetsov)(PP)
    18:09 TB Kunitz (1), (Stralman, Paquette)

    Third Period
    10:46 TB Kucherov (3), (Killorn, Stralman)

    3:08 Point (3), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

    Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn were the game's first and second stars.

    Every man in that lineup up and down deserved a star. That was Lightning hockey, and it was Lightning hockey at a level I don't think we've seen in a regular season matchup against the Capitals in forever. Coming off an embarrassing performance in Sunrise, the Lightning outskated, outpossessed, and outplayed Washington for the bulk of 63 minutes of hockey, allowing them to overcome some negative puck luck in the First Period to get the job done. And, it wasn't just the top lines or the top pairs. Every man all the way down to the checking line got it done tonight. Cedric Paquette even played like a beast tonight. Kunitz. Callahan. You name it. This team had a different look in their eye coming out of, one would presume, some kind of team meeting this morning, and they wouldn't be denied tonight. This isn't hype, it's truth: if they play with that level of determination, attention to detail, and hustle every night, they're going to leave a lot of opposing teams in their wake as they plow through this season. The back checking pressure of the Lightning forwards in the neutral zone alone tonight... well, Nigel's going to need to smoke a cigarette while he puts this film together. It's that good.

    7 games left in segment 1 of the campaign: 8 points left to go.

    Slater Koekkoek played 3:09 as the 7th d-man. If you blinked, you missed him.

    Yanni Gourde had 2 penalty minutes in 14:44. I need some more SOG's, Yanni.

    Jake Dotchin had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 4 blocked shots in 12:01. He's slowly rounding into form.

    Mikhail Sergachev had 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:40. Mixed bag. Egregious turnovers in the First Period. Darned near potted a regulation winner in the Third Period.

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  • 19 weeks 1 day ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch came into the night shorthanded on the blue line.

    The Crunch iced a lineup with just five defensemen after one player was hurt and another had a family issue arise. Syracuse held Rochester to 18 shots on goal, but the Crunch fell to the Americans, 3-2, in overtime in the homer opener at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “My hat’s off to our D. The five of them were outstanding (in their) second game in two nights,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It’s very demanding and my hat’s off to them because they hung in there and they did a fantastic job.”

  • 19 weeks 1 day ago

    Travesty in Sunrise. And, no, I don't mean that the building was half empty on their opening night.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on a staggering 48 shots for the loss. Without Vasiy, the Panthers may have scored 10 goals tonight.

    First Period
    3:30 TB Kucherov (2), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
    4:48 TB Namestnikov (2), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
    12:18 FLA Dadonov (1), (Ekblad, Huburdeau)

    Second Period
    1:46 FLA Bjugstad (1), (Dadonov, McCann)
    13:57 TB Point (2), (Palat)

    Third Period
    6:06 FLA Sceviour (1), (Haley, Barkov)
    6:42 FLA McCann (1), (Bjugstad, Brickley)
    8:34 FLA Trocheck (1), (Vrbata, Barkov)
    14:12 TB Johnson (1), (Gourde, Point)

    The score line doesn't depict what a squash this was, at all. Even the 48-30 shot disparity doesn't depict it, given half of the Lightning's shots came in the final frame. The team's top line pounced on Florida early to stake the club to a 2-0 lead and looked within an eyelash of making the game a laugher, and then took their foot off the gas and the whole thing went sideways. They spent most of the rest of the game looking slow and confused as they surrendered turnover after turnover and scoring chance after scoring chance until garbage time came and they began the quixotic quest for the improbable comeback. It's not good enough. In 120 minutes of hockey this season the Lightning have only played well in about... 35... of those minutes. It's unacceptable. I don't like the lower two lines. I don't like two of the three pairings. I don't like that the club overall doesn't seem to have a clue what to do with Jon Cooper's new tweaks to his system. Consider this a first test for the team's new leadership council, because a night like this is a rude awakening, and I'll be damned if I have to sit through another night where "Panther Territory" is celebrating like they just won the Stanley Cup (pathetic).

    Yanni Gourde had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 14:42. He's played well, but he needs to translate that into shots on goal for himself to take another step.

    Jake Dotchin was -2 with 5 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 13:25. Good Lord, I hope this isn't the beginning of Dotchin turning back into a pumpkin.

    Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 16:54. Tonight he got roughed up physically and mentally. Not going to lie. He had some nice moments but he also got targeted by Florida and had some bad turnovers to go along with some dubious decision-making from the point on the power play. Mind you, I don't know he should be getting power play time at this juncture of his development, but that's another matter.

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