Game Night Results

  • 2 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Despite falling in a shootout, the Syracuse Crunch took plenty of positives out of the past week.

    The 4-3 shootout loss to the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday snapped the team's three-game win streak, but the Crunch still have points in four straight.

    For Syracuse coach Rob Zettler, it was more about the way his team played.

    "I thought our team learned how to play this week," he said. "I thought we were in peoples' faces all week, we played hard, we stuck up for each other. We did a lot of really good things -- offensively and defensively. Tonight we just came out on the wrong end of it."

  • 2 weeks 5 days ago

    Winning streak snapped. Point streak continues.

    BNG-4
    SYR-3 (SO)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots before allowing 1 of 4 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

    First Period
    BNG Grant, (8) , 9:13
    SYR Marchessault, (17) (Connolly, Sustr), 18:13

    Second Period
    SYR Nesterov, (4) (Connolly, Angelidis), 14:39 (PP)
    BNG Pageau, (17) (Grant, Wideman), 19:19 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Walker, (6) (Gourde, Korobov), 9:32 (PP)
    BNG Grant, (8) (Puempel, Claesson), 14:46

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    BNG- Schneider
    SYR- NONE

    Cedric Paquette was the game's third star.

    Binghamton's the top team in the East Division, and Syracuse gave them all they could handle tonight. That's what I want to see right now. Even if this club won't make the postseason, I want to see them competitive with playoff caliber teams, and they've looked that way over the past 4 games.

    Interesting to note: Brett Connolly has had multi-point nights in 5 of his last 11 games, and he has 5 goals and 14 points over that span. He's another guy, like Sustr, who could give Jon Cooper some options once he goes up top to Tampa Bay when Syracuse's season is over. Considering the way the Lightning occasionally have looked like they're running on fumes, they have to at least ponder what someone from Syracuse (or anywhere else, for that matter) could do to inject a little energy into their lineup.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 2 weeks 5 days ago

    When wins don't feel like wins...

    TB-4
    BUF-3 (OT)

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the OT win. Wait, what? 2 goals? Yes, because in a freak play Steven Stamkos scored into his own net with Bishop pulled on a delayed penalty. It was that kind of night.

    First Period
    12:20 BUF D'Agostini (5), (Ristolainen, Larsson)
    14:07 BUF Hodgson (17), (Ehrhoff)
    17:52 TB Killorn (16), (Kucherov, Carle)
    19:46 TB Stamkos (22), (Brown, Gudas)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    8:14 BUF Conacher (7), (unassisted)(EN)
    10:07 TB Callahan (16), (Purcell, Stamkos)(PP)

    Overtime
    1:53 TB Stamkos (23), (Filppula, Purcell)(PP)

    Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars. For my money, J.T. Brown deserved consideration as well, seeing as he was one of the few Lightning players who didn't snooze through about 55 minutes of play tonight.

    The Lightning now have 91 points, meaning they're probably just 4-5 points away from what they need to make the postseason. The way things are looking they'll probably get Montreal with the only real question being which of the two clubs gets home ice. That's a wonderful story, given everything that's happened over the last year, and I don't want to diminish it. And, with the win tonight the Lightning have gotten points in each of their last 11 games at a time of the year when points don't come easy in order to put themselves in this position. I don't want to diminish that either. Manufacturing points isn't an easy thing.

    However, at some point you keep waiting for the Lightning to show they have an extra gear up from simply manufacturing points to actually proving they're one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and that's not how the team has looked lately. Tonight was painful to watch, just like the Islanders game was. Worse, in fact, because I think the Lightning's effort level was even lower tonight than it was against the Isles. Playing against two of the most talent-bereft squads in the NHL the Lightning didn't show up and just barely scratched out 2 wins. Yeah, that'll get you in the playoffs, but let's be honest: play like that in the playoffs and Montreal will embarrass you. Flat out. Embarrass. You. This team does not, in any way shape or form, look ready for the crucible that is postseason hockey. They, at times, look like a team happy just to be near making the playoff treating the experience like a coronation. At other times, they look like a team that peaked way too soon and are now running on fumes near the finish line (Bishop falling mostly into this latter category).

    Something's got to change, and I hope with home ice still on the line it doesn't take this team taking a tragic, soul-shattering butt whipping at some point in the next few games for them to realize something's got to change in the effort department.

    Mike Kostka was -1 with 1 shot in 15:44.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 2 weeks 5 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
    (4)Ufa 3 vs. (2)Astana 2
    Ufa Wins the Series 4-2
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 13 GP, 8-5-0, 0 SO, 2.18 GAA, .930 sv%

    Oilers third rounder Anton Slepyshev's goal 1:44 into the Third Period turned out to be the game winning, series clinching goal in Ufa's 3-2 Game Six win over Astana. Ufa also got goals from former Senators draft pick Igor Mirnov and former Stars draft pick Ivan Vishnevsky in the win.

    Ufa now advances to face top seeded Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL Eastern Conference Finals, setting up a titanic clash between goaltenders Vasilevskiy and Magnitogorsk's Vasily Koshechkin. It's a collision course between the old school of Lightning prospect goaltenders, Koshechkin, who has been one of the best goaltenders in Europe for over a half a decade, and the Lightning's goaltender of the future, Vasilevskiy. At stake is a spot in the KHL's Gagarin Cup Finals against Yaroslavl or Praha.

  • 2 weeks 6 days ago

    No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers 2 vs No. 13 North Dakota 5
    Midwest Regional Semifinals

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 33 GP, 7-11-18, +6, 10 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    Fourth-seeded North Dakota upset top-seeded Wisconsin in the Midwest Regional Semifinals, 5-2. The Badgers tied the game at 2 with half a period to go, but O’Donnell’s slapshot from the right point hit teammate Mark MacMillan in the back and bounced into the net to give UND a lead they’d never relinquish. Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi scored two empty net goals to give him three goals in the game and seal the win for the former Sioux. UND will meet Ferris State on Saturday for the right to go to the Frozen Four.

    No. 10 Providence Friars 4 vs No. 7 Quinnipiac Bobcats 0
    East Regional Semifinals

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    Friars goalie Jon Gillies stopped all 37 shots he faced to shut out the second-seeded Bobcats and lead third-seeded Providence to within one win of the Frozen Four. Providence will play Union on Saturday. Peca’s junior season is over and it’s possible he gets a contract offer from Tampa Bay to leave school and join AHL Syracuse. He told the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson in July that he’d be open to leaving school after his junior season. Whether Lightning GM Steve Yzerman thinks pro hockey is the best thing for Peca now and next year is another story. There isn’t a lot of room in the Syracuse forward ranks for next season. Peca is a special talent with impressive intangibles. He played center this year for the first time in college. He could return to the Bobcats as their frontline center.

  • 2 weeks 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 @ Quebec Remparts 2
    Huskies win best-of-7 first round series, 4-1

    C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 5 Hits
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
    2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

    Playing his first game since he blocked a shot with his stomach on February 16 and suffered a lacerated spleen, Adam Erne scored a goal, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Remparts alive in the playoffs. Seventh-seeded Quebec lost to 10th-seeded Rouyn-Noranda, 6-2, and dropped the series, 4-1. Erne was having a fine year before his injury, and if he’s truly healthy, he could be added to the Syracuse Crunch by Tampa Bay under a tryout agreement. Erne will likely return to Quebec next year as he’s not old enough for a full season in the AHL (he can join now because his junior team is done) and there isn’t a lot of room on the NHL roster for him.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Niagara IceDogs 3 @ North Bay Battalion 4
    IceDogs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-2

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    A desperate North Bay team outshot Niagara 36-13, but had to hold on to win Game 5, 4-3. Niagara cut the Battalion’s lead to one with half a period to go, but they couldn’t net the equalizer. Game 6 is Sunday in St. Catherines.

    Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Barrie Coltes 7
    Colts win best-of-7 Easter Conference Quarterfinals, 4-1

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 5 GP: 2-2-4, +2, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Barrie left little doubt they wanted to advance in the playoffs, crushing the visiting Wolves, 7-0, on Friday. Dotchin finished the opening round series with two goals and four points in five games.

    Peterborough Petes 6 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5 (OT)
    Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-2

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-5-6, +4, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Kingston lost a 3-1 lead and failed to close out their series with the Petes, losing in overtime in Game 5, 6-5. Game 6 is Sunday in Peterborough.

  • 2 weeks 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Despite going down by two goals in the first period, the Syracuse Crunch kept their gameplan largely the same.

    Syracuse cleaned up the backcheck that had cost them early and continued to pour on the pressure at the other end. The Crunch scored three times in both the second and the third, as they rallied to top the Adirondack Phantoms, 6-4, for their third-straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "We didn't change anything," said Syracuse forward Cedric Paquette. "We played well since the beginning and took control of the game. We didn't panic and the goals came."

  • 2 weeks 6 days ago

    Roller coaster Crunch back on the uphill slope.

    ADK-4
    SYR-6

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the victory. Goal support remains a beautiful thing.

    First Period
    ADK Cousins, (9) (Eddy, Manning), 9:31
    ADK Noebels, (3) (Akeson, Lamarche), 17:43

    Second Period
    SYR Walker, (5) (Marchessault, Gourde), 7:49 (PP)
    ADK Akeson, (21) , 11:54
    SYR Paquette, (17) (DiSalvatore, Connolly), 14:46 (PP)
    SYR Paquette, (18) (Sustr, Cote), 15:56

    Third Period
    ADK Holmstrom, (12) (Delisle, Noebels), 0:59 (PP)
    SYR Smith, (6) (Marchessault, Langelier-Parent), 3:35
    SYR Langelier-Parent, (2) (Gourde, Witkowski), 9:16
    SYR Marchessault, (16) (Connolly, Witkowski), 14:03

    Cedric Paquette, Jonathan Marchessault, and Yanni Gourde were the game's three stars.

    Andrej Sustr also returned from injury tonight after missing over a month on the shelf, and he was joined in the lineup by J.P. Cote who has only been healthy enough to see game action in 1 game in the last month. Both defensemen had assists in the game, and both add to the list of reasons to believe this 3 game winning streak the Crunch are on might be sustainable. Also, if Sustr can finish the AHL season strong, he might give the Lightning defensive corps a shot in the arm in the depth department once he goes back up to to Tampa Bay.

    The opportunity to make the playoffs is long gone for Syracuse, but they improved to 2 games under .500 with tonight's result. With everything that's happened, if the team can post a record over .500 this year, that's going to be a moral victory at least, and will help lay a foundation for success next season.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 3 weeks 1 hour ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 11 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3
    Mooseheads win best-of-7 first round series, 4-0

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 5 SOG, 4/14 FO, *First Star*
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 6-7-13, +6, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    After a one-day delay due to a storm, Halifax completed their first round sweep of Charlottetown with a dominating 11-3 win. Drouin finished the series with 13 points in four games and three First Star awards. He has a 17-game point streak in which he has 50 points.

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 5
    IceDogs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Second-seeded North Bay is one loss away from elimination at the hands of seventh-seeded Niagara. Game 5 is Friday in North Bay.

    Barrie Colts 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2
    Colts lead best-of-7 Easter Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP: 2-2-4, +1, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Dotchin had another point, but the Colts couldn’t sweep out the Wolves in four games. Sudbury lives to play another day – and that day is Friday in Barrie for Game 5.

    Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3
    Frontenacs lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-1

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    The Petes got 46 saves from Andrew D’Agostini (undrafted) to stave off elimination with a 3-1 win. Game 5 is Friday in Kingston.

  • 3 weeks 1 hour ago

    Even if it takes all night.

    NYI-2
    TB-3 (SO)

    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 27 shots before stopping 9 shooters in a 13 round epic for the Shootout victory. By the end, he and Nabokov were looking like Rocky and Apollo Creed. "No rematch!" cried Nabokov. "Don't want one!" replied Bishop.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    0:29 TB Callahan (14), (Gudas, Filppula)
    1:33 NYI Strome (5), (Martin, Donovan)
    9:17 NYI Donovan (2), (Nielsen, Lee)

    Third Period
    5:50 TB Callahan (15), (Brewer)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    NYI- Nielsen, Nelson, McDonald, Cizikas
    TB- Kostka, Palat, Stamkos, Carle, Salo

    Ryan Callahan and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

    2 points the team needed. 2 points they got the hard way. Credit to the Islanders. They're young and undertalented, but they played with energy and structure and came within an eyelash of putting the Lightning in a world of hurt in that Second Period. In the end, the Lightning carried the balance of the play in the First and Third Periods, as well as Overtime. They were the team more deserving of the second point, and they got it, primarily on the strength of some excellent work by their defensive corps. Seriously. Kostka, Carle, and Salo looked like cold-blooded assassins in their attempts. Just, wow.

    Points in 10 straight now put the Lightning at 89 points for the campaign. That's 7 shy of the season goal with 9 left to play. With a 9 point lead on the last team out as of this posting, it won't be long now.

    Mike Kostka was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 16:59. He absolutely deked Nabokov out of his jock in the shootout and the quick release to roof the backhander off the crossbar and in was just outstanding. The trigger has no heart, and neither did Kostka for old man Nabokov. Win if you can. Survive if Mike Kostka lets you.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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