Cedrick Desjardins stopped 32 shots during regulation and overtime, as well as three out of four shootout attempts, but the Syracuse Crunch fell to the Albany Devils, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"Cedrick was the reason we got one point tonight," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler. "We gave up a number of Grade A chances, including breakaways and point blank shots that we normally don't give up...He came up huge for us."
"We battled hard, gave everything we've got," Desjardins said. "But we fell a little short."
CDJ bested in a goaltender's duel.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 33 shots before allowing 1 of 4 shooters to convert to take the shootout loss.
ALB Scarlett, (1) (Whitney, Boucher), 17:55 (PP)
SYR Kucherov, (13) (Cote), 18:19
Desjardins was the game's second star.
Both goaltenders played really well and it took a laser from Kucherov to get anything at all on Kincaid. These games happen over the course of the year. The key is to not start cutting it too fine on your chances or overpass just because you've had a little scoring block.
The Crunch are off until Friday when they'll face Hamilton.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Florida Everblades 3 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 0
FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 15 SOG, 17 PIM
G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: W, 0.00 GAA, 29 S / 29 SA (1.00 SV%)
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 2.01 GAA, 83 S / 91 SA (.912 SV%)
D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +8, 5 SOG, 9 PIM
FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM
D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 SOG, 6 PIM
FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 11 SOG, 24 PIM
Kristers Gudlevskis, and Florida, rebounded from a frustrating loss to Gwinnett the night before, blanking their hosts to move into a tie back atop the South division. Gudlevskis saw another wild swing to his season stats as it was just the fourth match in an Everblades jersey for him, his second since rejoining the team. It's encouraging to see the young Latvian bounce back and earn his third victory after such a sub-par showing in Friday's contest. Blueliner Dan Milan was inactive while recalled defenseman Charles Landry and forward Danick Gauthier remain with Syracuse. Florida (9-2-2, 20 PTS) will finish its weekend with a road match against another divisional rival, red-hot South Carolina (9-0-2, 20 PTS), on Saturday.
Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 6 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-4-6, +3, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
The Bobcats improved to 10-1-1, and 4-0-1 in the ECAC. Harvard, meanwhile, fell to 2-4-1, 1-4-1.
No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 0 @ No. 8 Miami RedHawks 2
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-4-5, +4, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin and the top line were reportedly buzzing all night, though they didn’t hit the scoresheet as a unit.
No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ No. 12 North Dakota 4
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 0 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
O’Donnell is considered “week-to-week” with his (undisclosed) injury.
Minnesota State Mavericks 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 34 saves on 35 shots
Season totals: 9 GP, 7-1-1, 1.99 GAA, .931 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox was big after the Gophers skated out to an early lead. His seven wins are tied for third in the nation.
*USCHO poll used
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins jumped out to an early lead and held on to snap the Syracuse Crunch's three-game win streak, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
The Penguins scored three times in the first period against Crunch goalie Riku Helenius, who played in his first game since being injured Oct. 19.
"I thought we were rolling a little bit in the first period, and I felt good about it," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "Then they had a goal, and boom-boom, they followed it up with a couple more."