Despite knowing there would be a record-breaking crowd in attendance, the Syracuse Crunch focused on the task at hand.
The Crunch battled back from an early deficit, took the lead in the second period and held on in the third, as Syracuse topped the Utica Comets, 2-1, in front of 30,715 people at the Frozen Dome Classic Saturday. The total sets a new United States professional hockey attendance record, which was previously held by the Lightning.
"In the beginning, when we were standing on the goal line, you look around and it's really impressive to see all those people in that building," said Crunch forward Joel Vermin. "After one or two shifts, it's a game and you've got to execute."
Kevin Lynch’s goal was to catch on with an American Hockey League team.
Lynch, a former Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder, split his rookie season between Toledo and Evansville of the ECHL, but believed he could make the next step. After posting six points in nine games with Florida, Lynch got the call saying he had been offered a professional tryout with the Syracuse Crunch last week.
“You have some idea in your head ‘Maybe if I play well at the beginning of the season, I’ll get called up this month or this month,’ but you have no idea how the season is going to go,” Lynch said. “I was surprised and really happy at the same time.”
This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· Cooper's forward rotation - good for development?
· Interview with Yanni Gourde
· BP Mailbag (More toys in the cupboard, ranking systems, 2015 draft targets)
· Weekly prospect review
To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.
Previous BP Podcast editions:
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 4 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 17-21-38, +19, 24 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec scored six unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0, winning 6-2. Erne extended his point streak to nine games with three assists. He has climbed up to sixth in the league scoring race and is fourth in plus/minus and eighth in goals.
Ontario Hockey League
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sarnia Sting 5
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-17-23, +1, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo scored twice and moved into third place among defensemen for points, two behind the leaders, Jordan Subban (Belleville/Canucks) and Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa/2015).
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 5-7-12, -14, 37 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin had his brief two-game goal scoring streak snapped. He has two minus-three games in his last three contests. The Petes outshot Mississauga, 41-28, but only managed one goal.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Kootenay Ice 7
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 13-20-33, +8, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw held a 3-1 lead entering the third period, but gave up six goals in the final frame – and none were empty netters. Point was credited with three assists at one point in the game, but the third was later taken away. He extended his point streak to six games.
Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 6
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary earned a split in their weekend series with Red Deer with a 6-2 win on Sunday. Thomas had his third multipoint game of the season.
Wichita Thunder 2 at Tulsa Oilers 3
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 7-6-13, +3, 8 PIM, 44 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 21 PIM, 12 SOG
I'm sure there's a country song in here somewhere, but Tulsa just keeps breaking Wichita's heart. CHL veteran Jon Booras scored a short-handed goal late in the 2nd period and added a power-play goal mid-way through the 3rd to secure the 3-2 Tulsa win over visiting Wichita. The Thunder play the Quad City Mallards Wednesday night for the first time this season before a three-in-three next weekend against Missouri, Allen, and Tulsa.