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AHL Game Day: 2-24-13 Whale at Crunch

The Entertainer, en fuego.


Cedrick "The Entertainer" Desjardins stopped all 29 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout. Nothing wrong with that.

First Period
SYR Labrie, (11) (Namestnikov, Connolly), 9:11
SYR Johnson, (27) (Palat, Barberio), 14:29 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Johnson, (28) (Barberio, Palat), 18:16 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Wyman, (10) (Palat), 7:34

Desjardins, Tyler Johnson (pictured), and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars. Johnson currently sits 1 point behind Grover Nyquist of Grand Rapids for the top spot in the league in scoring and Brett Connolly is 4 back of Nyqvist in a tie for 5th in the league. Johnson also leads the league in goals and Palat is tied for 2nd in the league in assists, 2 back of leader Jeff Taffe of Hershey.

After scoring just 2 points in the entire month of January, Mark Barberio has 11 so far in February.

With Springfield getting thumped by Worcester today, Syracuse extends their Eastern Conference lead to 5 points over the Falcons and Senators with the Falcons hold 2 games in hand. Syracuse will go for 8 straight on Tuesday against Rochester.

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Crunch Win Seventh Straight By Blanking the Whale, 4-0

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Not even 24 hours after notching his first shutout in a Syracuse Crunch sweater, Cedrick Desjardins was back at it.

The netminder kept his streak going, stopping all 29 shots and leading the Crunch to a 4-0 win over the Connecticut Whale at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday afternoon.

"You never expect that," Desjardins said of his back-to-back whitewashes. "Those were two big games for us and teams we don't see a lot. We need to step up against those teams."

NCAA Game Night: 2-23-13

Union Dutchmen 2 @ Cornell Big Red 4

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

Gotovets remains out of the Cornell lineup. No word as to why.

Harvard Crimson 6 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 8 PIM

The Crimson were outshot 31-20, but won where it counted, 6-2. Lightning prospect Brian Hart had two assists for Harvard.

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 2 @ Lake Superior State Lakers 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 5-8-13, -1, 14 PIM

Miami completed their weekend sweep of LSSU and is now two points away from clinching the CCHA regular season championship.

No. 6 North Dakota 6 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was back in the UND lineup in a fourth line role, helping his school to a 6-1 win over Denver in Colorado. Friday Correction: O’Donnell was indeed in the North Dakota lineup on Friday night. Our report said he was a healthy scratch.

Brown Bears 3 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 10-10-20, +9, 30 PIM

After a big game Friday against rival Yale on national television, the Bobcats suffered a bit of a letdown, blowing a 3-1 lead and tying sub .500 Brown. Brown’s last two goals were scored with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Matt Peca was on the ice for both goals.

Minnesota -Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 35 saves on 37 shots
Season totals: 31 GP, 20-5-5, 1.89 GAA, .920 sv%, 3 SO

The Gophers gave up two one-goal leads to the unranked Bulldogs, tying their in-state rivals 2-2 on Saturday. Undrafted freshman Matt McNeely was the story for UMD, stopping 38 of 40 shots in net.

No.11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-7-9, -2, 42 PIM

A two-game series settled nothing as the Irish and Broncos tied for the second consecutive night. This time the Irish won the shootout, though the game is officially a tie. Luke Witkowski (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) had two assists in the series.

*USCHO poll used

Desjardins, Crunch Shut Out Falcons, 3-0

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Most first impressions take all of a few seconds.

For the first 13-plus minutes in front of his new home crowd at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse Crunch goalie Cedrick Desjardins waited for his opportunity.

When the shots finally came - 26 in total - the New Brunswick native had an answer, notching his first shutout in a Crunch uniform and third of the season in a 3-0 win over the Springfield Falcons Saturday night.

"You want a good first impression at home," Desjardins said. "I don't think it gets better than that."

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