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Crunch Complete Comeback in Shootout


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dana Tyrell believes it was a bit of hockey karma.

His team trailing 3-2 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, the Syracuse Crunch forward caught a break. The puck bounced behind the net, and despite many of the Toronto Marlies looking for the puck in the corner, Tyrell found it on his stick.

"I think it went up my pants. To be honest, I'm not really sure what happened," Tyrell said. "I was forechecking the puck down - hunting it down - and it bounced up somewhere. I think it got caught up in my gear somewhere. As I was coming around the net, it dropped down in front of me and I had an open net.

"If we work hard as a team, we're going to get bounces like that," he added.

Tyrell's goal sent the game to overtime and the Crunch completed the comeback in the shootout, topping the Marlies 4-3 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday night. Syracuse has shrugged its slump that lasted from late January into early February, winning its last five games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-20-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 55 GP, 24-49-73, +25, 89 PIM

Paquette scored the Armada’s first and third goals, helping the club to a big road win in Rimouski. He is now within seven goals of his career high of 31, set last year in 63 games. He has 25 more assists than he did last season.

AHL Game Night: 2-20-13 Marlies at Crunch

5 in a row.

TOR-3
SYR-4 (SO)

Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 31 shots before stopping 3 of 5 in the penalty shot session for the win. Riku is now on a personal 4 game winning streak.

First Period
TOR Colborne, (8) (Zigomanis, Hamilton), 19:59 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Angelidis, (9) (Palat, Hutchings), 2:46
TOR Colborne, (9) (Abbott, Mottau), 5:43
SYR Palat, (7) (Barberio, Helenius), 6:51 (PP)

Third Period
TOR Hamilton, (21) (Yeo, Colborne), 6:50
SYR Tyrell, (4) (Korobov), 18:26

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TOR- Colborne, Connolly
SYR- Palat, Connolly, Gudas

Dana Tyrell and Ondrej Palat were named the game's first and third stars. Palat has 1 goal and 6 points in his last 3 games, all multi-point efforts.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-20-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Western Conference
(3) Dynamo Moscow 5 vs. (6) Bratislava 1
Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 1-0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 26/31, 5.04 GAA, .839 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 5.04 GAA, .839 sv%
Regular season totals: 47 GP, 26-17-4, 5 SO, 2.17 GAA, .928 sv%

Jaroslav Janus was shelled for 5 goals in Bratislava's 5-1 Game One loss to Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil had a pair of assists for victorious Dynamo. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday.

(4) Yaroslavl 1 vs. (5) Cherepovets 2
Cherepovets Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 31 shots to win a goaltending duel against ex-NHLer Curtis Sanford in Cherepovets' 2-1 Game One win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning draft pick and current Cherepovets forward Denis Kazionov was kicked out of the game just 31 seconds into the First Period, taking a major for interference and a game misconduct that led to Lokomotiv's only goal. Game Two is Thursday.

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