Mike Angelidis remained adamant after the game: It was in.
The Syracuse Crunch captain appeared to have scored the go-ahead goal on a wraparound early in the third period, but referee Graham Skilliter, who did not see the goal, ruled the video review to be inconclusive.
"It was a goal, I saw it clear as day," Angelidis said. "I saw it go over by a foot. Clear as day. There's nothing you can do. The ref's on the other side, he doesn't see it. It's frustrating, because everybody on the ice on our side and even their guys knew it went in."
The Crunch had three potential goals disallowed, including two by video review in the third period, and the Utica Comets rallied in overtime for a 2-1 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Syracuse has dropped 12 of its last 13 games.
"Our line had probably eight scoring chances tonight, we just couldn't get the one (goal)," Angelidis said. "When we did, it didn't count."
Power outage continues in Syracuse.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. It's another quality start wasted due to lack of goal support.
SYR Labrie, (2) (Paradis, Angelidis), 18:28
UTI Jensen, (13) (O'Reilly, Pelletier), 12:30 (PP)
UTI DeFazio, (9) (O'Reilly, Mullen), 4:02
Desjardins was the game's third star.
It's been a roller coaster season for Syracuse. When they've had dynamic offense, they couldn't keep the puck out of their own net. Now that they're getting better goaltending and defensive play, they can't score to save their own lives. It's hard to figure, really.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Tanner Richard remembers the view of the bench as much as the goal.
After accepting a pass from Cedric Paquette on a 2-on-1 and burying it for his first professional goal last month, the Syracuse Crunch center felt joy and relief. It took 46 games, but the drought was over.
“It definitely took a while - a lot longer than I hoped for,” Richard said. “It was pretty special for me, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team so excited for a guy like that. After the first 20 games, everyone was pulling for me and trying to get me that goal.”
Like many players, Richard’s rookie season has been full of firsts.
Fort Wayne Komets 1 @ Florida Everblades 4
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-9-13, +3, 45 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 0-3-3, +7, 33 PIM
D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM
W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM
Former Crunch player Jordan Henry scored the game’s first two goals as the Everblades defeated the visiting Komets, 4-1. PM Devos, who has seen time with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate over the last three seasons, had two assists for the Everblades. Florida moved ahead of Fort Wayne by two points into fifth in the tightly contested Eastern Conference.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit, 11/20 FO
Season totals: 38 GP, 23-56-79, +36, 41 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin scored for the second straight game to give him 13 goals on the year. Nikolaj Ehlers (2014), Drouin’s linemate, had two goals and two assists.
NOTE: Adam Erne has returned home to Connecticut to recover from his minor spleen laceration. He is out indefinitely. Erne said on Twitter he'd be home for at least two weeks.
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 5 (OT) (Tuesday)
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 14-35-48, +46, 36 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Windsor scored three times in under two minutes in the third period to force overtime, but London’s Matt Rupert (undrafted) scored the game-winner in the extra session. Koekkoek was not on the ice for the overtime winner.