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AHL Game Day: 1-12-20 Crunch at Devils

Crunch choke away a two goal lead and a point as season of mediocre misery continues.

SYR-5
BNG-6 (SO)

Mike Condon allowed 5 goals on 37 shots and then allowed one of three to convert in the PS session for the SO loss. That's an .873 save percentage for Condon this season. Submitted without further comment.

First Period
1:41 SYR Barre-Boulet (15), (Gaunce, Katchouk)
5:39 SYR Katchouk (9), (Gaunce, Joseph)(PP)
7:03 SYR Smith (14), (D. Stephens, Conacher)
10:57 BNG Seney (13), (Merkley, Cumiskey)

Second Period
2:47 BNG Anderson (9), (Connor, Tennyson)
12:44 SYR Martel (12)), (D. Stephens, Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
3:14 BNG Maltsev (5), (Anderson, Seney)(PP)
12:14 SYR Joseph (3), (Raddysh, Colton)
13:32 BNG Merkley (5), (Anderson, Seney)(PP)
18:03 BNG Merkley (6), (Sharangovich, Seney)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- NONE
BNG- Gignac

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's third star.

The Crunch really gave into score effects in this one, getting outshot 11-3 in the Third Period to allow Binghamton to execute the comeback. I'd be interested to tally up just how many time the Crunch have left points on the ice this season like this, because it feels like it's got to be pushing double digits at this point, and that's really the difference between challenging for the top of the North Division and underachieving in sixth place. How do you fix it? Well, we know there's one position where a single transaction can make a big difference now, don't we?

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-11-20 Americans at Crunch

Four goal Third Period helps Comeback Crunch stave off slipping down to the .500 mark.

RCH-4
SYR-5

Spencer Martin allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the victory. Julien BriseBois needs to please, for the love of God, do something about the goaltending situation in Syracuse. Please. Martin's got an .888 save percentage now, for crying out loud.

First Period
5:55 RCH Randell (5), (unassisted)
10:43 RCH Gilmour (4), (Smith)

Second Period
9:25 SYR Colton (7), (Raddysh)
10:32 RCH Murray (5), (Mittlestadt, Smith)

Third Period
2:47 SYR Raddysh (8), (Colton, Joseph)
4:14 RCH Dea (12), (unassisted)(SH)
8:36 SYR Katchouk (8), (Thomas, Raddysh)
11:45 SYR Sielhoff (2), (Conacher)
17:32 SYR Walcott (4), (Smith, Conacher)

Taylor Raddysh, Ross Colton, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars. Nice result for the Lightning's prospect forwards and their development.

Syracuse ended up outshooting Rochester by about a 3:2 margin, but I'll say it again: this is a very frustrating game when your team has to work that much harder just to get a goal because goaltending is not what it should be. Syracuse has the worst GAA in the Eastern Conference right now having surrendered 129 goals in just 37 games. Having the third most goals in the East will remain irrelevant until Syracuse can keep fishing it out of the back of their own nets.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-11-20 Lightning at Flyers

Back to back unleashing of kittens.

TB-1
PHI-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 23 shots he faced for his second straight shutout. He's getting nicely ensconced in the zone. This was one of those games where he made it look easy, but it surely wasn't.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:27 TB Maroon (6), (unassisted)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy and Patrick Maroon were the game's first and third stars.

Ten straight wins now for the Lightning, and what you love to see is the synergy between lock down defense, good possession, and a goaltender fully rounding into form. It's a potent looking formula right now as the team just tied the franchise record with ten straight victories. And because of that, they're winning games multiple ways, tonight looking dominant even though they were in a tight 1-0 bout on the scoreboard.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 11:17.

Mitchell Stephens was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 1 hit in 13:46. He was also 63% on 8 draws. To my eyes, he's been the prize of this year's crop of prospects breaking into the NHL for the Lightning.

Alexander Volkov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL game Night: 1-10-20 Rocket at Crunch

Crunch goaltending continues to be hot garbage.

LAV-7
SYR-5

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 7 shots before getting the gate. Mike Condon then allowed 3 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way for the old back door loss.

First Period
4:27 SYR Conacher (13), (Martel, Sieloff)
6:45 LAV Barber (7), (unassisted)
19:04 SYR Raddysh (7), (Colton, Sielhoff)

Second Period
0:37 LAV Folin (1), (Veilleux, Barber)
2:18 LAV Alain (8), (Ouellet)
2:34 LAV Lynch (4), (Jevpalovs, Folin)
6:42 SYR Colton (6), (Foote)(PP)
17:50 LAV Hudon (17), (Ouellet, Evans)(PP)

Third Period
9:26 SYR Walcott (3), (Thomas, Yan)
13:56 LAV Hudon (18), (Evans)
17:00 LAV Alzner (1), (Cox)(EN)
19:50 SYR Gaunce (4), (Joseph, Conacher)(PP)

Ross Colton was the game's third star.

Hockey's a painfully frustrating sport when the other team doesn't have to work as hard as you do to score goals. No organization knows that better than the Lightning's given how much it struggled at the goaltending position the first two decades of its existence. Of the five goaltenders who have appeared in net for the Crunch this season, not a one had a .900 or better save percentage. In this day and age, you can't win games with that. Can't do it.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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