Rob Zettler's first win allows Syracuse to keep pace in the East.
Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 20 shots for the big win. Once again, he's eased his season save percentage up to .900.
SYR Cote, (3) (Devos, Hutchings), 10:07
HER Crabb, (2) (Taffe, Schmidt), 19:05
SYR Palat, (12) (Richard, Sexton), 3:50
Ondrej Palat and J.P. Cote were the game's first and second stars.
This is how Syracuse has to scratch out wins with their finishers called up to Tampa Bay. It's got to be low scoring games and finding a way to get key goals at key times. Providence and Springfield won tonight, and Binghamton is going down late to Norfolk. If that holds, that will leave Syracuse 2 points behind Providence for tops in the East and 2 points clear of Binghamton for the East Division lead. Syracuse's last road game of the regular season is Tuesday against Lake Erie. They'll end with 5 straight at home, which might be edge they need to take the top spot in the East.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
(4)Florida Everblades 5 vs. (5)Elmira Jackals 1
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 1-0
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM
Florida had an early 2-0 cut in half late in the first period but never looked back, striking twice on the power play and adding a fifth tally over the course of the final two frames to close out Elmira in a penalty-filled first match of the opening round of playoff action. With plenty of support in the goal-scoring department, Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert was able to turn aside all but one of 30 Jackals shot attempts for what amounted to an impressive playoff debut following a stellar late-season run between the pipes. Though both teams racked up a total of 62 penalty minutes, many were off-setting, so only power plays were awarded between the two clubs. Elmira went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage while Florida went 2-for-5. Charles Landry, who won the ECHL's Kelly Cup with the Everblades last season, was the only Tampa Bay Lightning prospect in the lineup. Florida and Elmira will renew hostilities in Estero Saturday night.
Rob Zettler kept his attention on the task at hand.
The Syracuse Crunch coach, despite hearing his team had clinched a playoff spot with a pair of Eastern Conference teams losing, focused on his team's comeback attempt late in the third period. But the 3-1 deficit turned to 4-1 with an empty-netter, and the Hershey Bears provided the rain for the Crunch clinching party at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday night.
"We're in, but it didn't feel very good," Zettler said.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
(8)Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 @ (5)Quebec Remparts 1
Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 second round series, 1-0
W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 4 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 29-34-63, +17, 14 PIM
With R-N: 27 GP, 26-27-53, +18, 12 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM
Rouyn-Noranda was the only road team to win Game 1 in Round 2, defeating the Remparts in Quebec City, 6-1. The Huskies scored twice in each period. Kucherov was second star for the second game in a row. He had two goals and an assist in the Huskies’ clinching win in Round 1. Game 2 against Quebec is Saturday.
First round totals: 5 GP, 3-6-9, +7, 4 PIM
(10)Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ (3)Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 10
Blainville-Boisbriand leads best-of-7 second round series, 1-0
D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 6-33-39, +20, 65 PIM
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hit
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-5-9, +3, 4 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 27-56-83, +29, 103 PIM
Host Armada outshot the Foreurs, 42-17, en route to a 10-1 shellacking of the league’s 10-seed. Cedric Paquette (pictured) had two goals and four points for the Armada, who look to go up 2-0 in the series at home on Saturday.
Ontario Hockey League
(E3)Oshawa Generals 1 @ (E2)Barrie Colts 4
Barrie leads best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 2-0
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 10 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM
Barrie had 22 shots in a second period as they outscored Oshawa, 3-1, in the middle frame and ended up beating the Gens, 4-1, in Game 2 of their second round series. Game 3 is Sunday in Oshawa. Mitchell Theriot (Islanders) had a hat trick for the Colts.
Still seeking win one under Zettler.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss.
HER Kane, (14) (Orlov, Wellman), 9:18
SYR Jacques, (6) (Angelidis), 17:08
HER Kundratek, (14) (Potulny, Kane), 19:21
HER LeBlanc, (10) , 10:06
HER Kundratek, (15) , 19:51 (EN)
Time is slipping away for the Crunch to regain their footing. They will end the night 2 points out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference and tied inside their division. They have a rematch with Hershey in Hershey tomorrow night, which starts a 2 game road trip that will be the final roadie of the regular season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.