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Crunch's Point Streak Snapped by Marlies

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Head coach Benoit Groulx liked the first 20 minutes, but the Syracuse Crunch faded in the second and third periods against the North Division leaders.

The Crunch fell behind early and the Marlies finished with a pair of power play markers, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The loss snaps the Crunch’s 10 game point streak.

“I thought we had a great first period. Missed many opportunities. ... They had one chance and they scored on it,” Groulx said. “Then I thought they were the best team on the ice. We turned the puck over. We didn’t have any speed. Our power play killed the momentum. Our PK was so-so tonight.

“Overall, I thought the first was pretty good and then Toronto was the better team.”

AHL Game Night: 1-19-18 Marlies at Crunch

Erne-less Crunch drop key game against division-leading Marlies.


Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:25 TOR Moore (6), (Mueller, Rychel)(PP)

Second Period
4:30 TOR Smith (18), (Kapanen, Liljegren)(PP)
10:08 SYR Stephens (14), (Cirelli, Yan)(PP)
15:54 TOR Greening (9), (Marchment, Moore)

Third Period
16:41 TOR Johnsson (16), (Moore)(PP)(EN)

Mitchell Stephens was the game's second star after scoring his team-leading 14th goal of his rookie pro campaign.

Syracuse got Anthony Cirelli and Dennis Yan back in the lineup, but with Adam Erne still nicked up the Syracuse attack continued to sputter tonight against the division leaders from Toronto.

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Juniors Game Night: 1-18-18

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ North Bay Battalion 5

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 4 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 13-19-32, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Wolves scored three 1st period goals, including Lipanov’s 13th goal of the season and his 2nd with Sudbury. But the 2nd and 3rd periods belonged to the Battalion, scoring five unanswered. Swedish blueliner Adam Thilander (undrafted) scored the game-winner for North Bay and added a couple of assists to pace the Battalion’s rally.

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Brett Neumann (undrafted) scored twice and Gabriel Vilardi (LA, 2017 1st round pick) notched a goal and two assists to pace Kingston over the outmatched Petes, who fell back in to the East Division cellar.

NHL Game Night: 1-18-18 Golden Knights at Lightning

Hedman-less Lightning see Vegas manufacture a laugher.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss. He hasn't been making the big situational saves necessary to help the team climb into games lately like he was earlier in the season. Case in point: tonight Vegas' second goal on the knuckler that handcuffed him from the point. That's a save he's got to make for his team in that spot.

First Period
0:56 LV Neal (19), (Engelland, Perron)
16:03 LV Schmidt (3), (McNabb, Haula)

Second Period
10:18 TB Palat (8), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
17:43 LV Perron (10), (Engelland, Theodore)

Third Period
0:18 LV Karlsson (24), (Marchessault)

Credit to Las Vegas, they manufactured an easy road win tonight in workmanlike fashion. The first goal of the game by Neal and the final goal of the game by Karlsson that salted it away both came in the opening minute of a period and both came off faceoff losses by Vladislav Namestnikov. So, they built two goals and that and one Vasiy might want back on the Schmidt goal turned this from a pretty even game (shots were 30-29, although the broader possession stats were uglier for Tampa Bay) into a laugher.

Slater Koekkoek was -2 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:31. Throw the minuses out, because they both came on the goals off the faceoff losses. I thought Slater played a decent game.

Jake Dotchin had 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 5 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:24. The big test is obviously Koekkoek's to take with Hedman out, but Dotchin's got a little something to prove with Hedman out, too, and I don't think he did anything to hurt his stock tonight.

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Juniors Game Night: 1-17-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 13-38-51, +32, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi opened the scoring with an assist and a goal to give the Mooseheads a 2-0 1st period lead on his way to earning Second Star honors. But the Wildcats scored three goals to take a 3-2 lead in the 3rd before Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) scored the equalizer, sending the game into overtime. Mika Cyr (undrafted) netted the OT game-winner for Moncton just 36 second into the extra frame.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 4 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 8-27-35, +12, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote (pictured) scored the OT game-winner for the Rockets, holding off a second half rally by the Hurricanes. Jordy Bellerive (PIT, FA ELC) scored for Lethbridge just 42 seconds into the game, but the Rockets responded with three straight by Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick), Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick), and a shortie by Conner Bruggen-Cate (undrafted). Dube paced Kelowna with a goal and an assist, and rookie Dylan Cozens (2019 draft eligible) notched two assists for the Hurricanes.

Regina Pats 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3

D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 8-18-26, -11, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched his first point as a Pat, a power play assist on a 3rd period goal by former Montreal prospect Matt Bradley. It was Hajek’s 26th point of the season, equaling his point total from all last season in 30 fewer games. Regina rebounded from a 2-1 deficit, scoring three straight, including two by Bradley, stretching out a 4-2 lead and hanging on for the win.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-18 Crunch at Senators

Crunch winning streak snapped in goaltending duel.

BNG-2 (OT)

Connor Ingram re-entered the nets for the Crunch after Louis Domingue's return to Tampa Bay and stopped 23 of 25 shots for the OT loss. That snapped a personal six game winning streak for Ingram.

First Period
3:22 SYR Stephens (13), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Second Period[b]
18:55 BEL O'Brien (10), (McCormick, Chlapik)

[b]Third Period

2:13 BEL McCormick (6), (O'Brien, Burgdoerfer)

The Crunch offense may have been a little off kilter tonight with Adam Erne, Anthony Cirelli, and Dennis Yan all nicked up with injuries and out of the lineup. The club did get Mitchell Stephens' 13th goal of the season, Stephens has quickly and quietly ascended to the top of Syracuse's goalscoring list on the back of seven goals in his last eight games. His roughly three week rampage surely makes him yet another prime recall option for the Lightning's vacant roster spot, whenever they should choose to fill it.

With the point tonight, the Crunch are within three points of Rochester for second in the North Division with a game in hand on the Americans and five points back of first place Toronto with the Marlies holding a game in hand. The team's 9-1-0 run in their last ten games has put them within whisper's distance of catching the division's lead pack, which seemed nearly impossible just a couple of months ago when the team was languishing around last place.

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Tammela scores first AHL goal, Crunch beat Devils

By Jeremy Houghtaling

It’s been a long road back for Jonne Tammela.

The Finnish rookie has been rehabbing in Syracuse since December 2016 as he recovered from three knee surgeries. Although there were some tough times, Tammela worked his way back into the Crunch lineup last week.

Now he’s starting to contribute on the scoresheet.

Tammela jammed in a rebound for his first North American pro goal Monday, as the Crunch shut out the Binghamton Devils, 3-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial for their ninth straight victory.

“My first thing was I was really happy,” Tammela said of the goal. “I didn’t realize it went in. Everything was so fast. … It felt good and obviously it helped the team win, so I think that was the most important thing.”

AHL Game Day: 1-15-18 Devils at Crunch

Dominguenator keeps his conditioning stint perfect.


Louis Domingue stopped all 17 shots he faced for the shutout victory in light work to keep his perfect goose egg in this conditioning stint. Domingue runs his season save percentage in the AHL up to a stylish .921.

First Period

Second Period
1:43 SYR Stephens (12), (Volkov, McBain)(PP)
7:32 SYR Tammela (1), (Masin, Bournival)

Third Period
1:12 SYR Masin (6), (Peca)

Dominik Masin, Matthew Peca, and Jonne Tammela were the game's three stars.

With 16 points on his campaign, Masin has now more than doubled his points output from last season in 32 less games. He's also gone from -4 a season ago to a hefty +16 rating thus far this year. Peca, who may be the quiet favorite to be the next callup from the Crunch, is now riding a seven game points streak and has been brutally consistent most of the campaign. At the other end of the spectrum of great stories, Jonne Tammela (The Cobra!) comes off of three knee surgeries and pots his first AHL goal in his third game back.

Syracuse moves to within three points of second place Rochester with a game in hand and within five points, straight up, of North Division leader Toronto.

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Juniors Game Night: 1-14-18

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 5/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 3 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 36 GP, 11-18-29, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-18-30, +6, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Pilon twins (undrafted), Darian and Drake, combined for both Wolves goals to get Sudbury’s first win since the Lipanov trade.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ North Bay Battalion 4 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 10/15 FO
Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-4-16, -23, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Nikita Korostelev (free agent) notched his 2nd assist of the game on a Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) power play goal just shy of the midpoint of the 3rd to give the Petes a 3-1 lead over the Battalion. But North Bay battled back and tied the game with just 11 seconds remaining in regulation. Korostelev converted in the shootout, but Adam McMaster (2018 draft eligible) and Justin Brazeau (undrafted) converted for the Battalion.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Libor Hajek has yet to join the Regina Pats after being traded by Saskatoon on Monday.

Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/24 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 17-24-41, +23, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 7-11-18, +33, 48 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden scored the OT game-winner after the Warriors blew a 4-1 third period lead, allowing three Medicine Hat goals including the equalizer with 39 seconds left in regulation. Brandon Schuldhaus opened the scoring for Moose Jaw with his first two goals of the season, and Howden notched two assists to go along with his game-winner.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 5

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 1-11-12, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix (pictured) scored his first goal of the season, a power play marker early in the 3rd to draw the Lancers within one of the Black Hawks, but Harvard-bound Jack Drury (2018 draft eligible) would score later in the 3rd for Waterloo to put the game out of reach. Drury also assisted on both Garrett Wait goals for the Black Hawks. Wait, a former teammate of Sammy Walker at Edina High School will be reunited with Walker at Minnesota next season. Cole Gallant (Western Michigan commit) and Filip Suchy (undrafted) assisted on both of Omaha’s goals.

NCAA Game Night: 1-13-18

UMass Minutemen 6 @ Vermont Catamounts 3

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 11-2-13, -16, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Vermont fell to 4-14-4 overall and 1-8-3 in conference after their 6-3 loss to UMass. Avs first rounder Cale Makar (first round 2017) had a goal and assist for UMass.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 @ Arizona State Sun Devils 4

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 7-13-20, +2, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Arizona State and UML traded 4-0 wins over the weekend with the River Hawks winning Friday night and ASU Saturday.

No. 11 Providence Friars 2 @ Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod notched his second assist of the season on Bobo Carpenter's (undrafted) first goal of the game, helping BU to tie the Friars, 2-2.

No. 20 Miami Redhawks 3 @ No. 17 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 4.12 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

UNO swept Miami with a 4-3 win Saturday after winning 11-7 Friday. Evan Weninger started again for the Mavs, but didn't score this time - ending his goaltender goal streak at one game.

Michigan Wolverines 3 @ No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-8-8, -1, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Unranked Michigan completed a 2-game road sweep of the ninth-ranked Gophers, winning both Friday and Saturday.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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