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AHL Game Day: 1-20-20 Comets at Crunch

Wedgewood's triumphant return comes at a good time.

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Scott Wedgewood, appearing for the first time since getting injured on December 6th, allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win. I'm not saying Wedgewood, with his season .893 save percentage, is the second coming. But, this is a shot in the arm, for sure.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:02 SYR Katchouk (10), (Barre-Boulet, Thomas)
16:04 SYR Volkov (5), (Smith)

Third Period
12:26 SYR Barre-Boulet (17), (Sieloff, Colton)
14:40 UTI Gadjovich (10), (Teves, Bancks)
15:42 UTI Boucher (24), (Bailey, Juolevi)(PP)
19:04 SYR Smith (16), (Conacher, Volkov)(EN)

Alex Barre-Boulet, Boris Katchouk, and Wedgewood were the game's three stars.

Utica managed to get the old false hope goal with 4:18 left to play, but then discovered why we call it the false hope goal.

As crazy bad as Syracuse has been lately, they're just 4 points out of third place in the North Division. Maybe Wedgewood helps change the dynamic and the Crunch can make a little run here? Crazier things have happened, and this has been a proud AHL franchise in recent years.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-18-20 Crunch at Devils

Crunch comeback helps them stave off falling below .500.

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Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 10 shots before getting lifted. Mike Condon allowed 2 goals on 21 shots the rest of the way for the victory.

First Period
1:35 BNG Jacobs (4), (Schmelzer, Baddock)
6:01 SYR Volkov (3), (unassisted)(PP)
8:08 BNG Anderson (12), (Seney, Merkley)(PP)
10:21 BNG Merkley (7), (White, Seney)(PP)
18:43 SYR Yan (9), (Somppi, Walcott)
19:55 SYR Volkov (4), (unassisted)

Second Period
0:19 BNG Maltsev (6), (Conner, Anderson)
13:20 SYR Raddysh (9), (Joseph, D. Stephens)
15:53 SYR Volkov (5), (Katchouk, Conacher)(PP)

Third Period
10:23 SYR Colton (9), (Volkov)
19:06 BNG Bastian (8), (Mermis, Gignac)

Alexander Volkov and Taylor Raddysh were the game's first and second stars.

It's hard living knowing you've got to score five or six goals a night to win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 1-17-20 Lightning at Jets

Lightning head to All-Star Break in style.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
9:27 TB Cirelli (10), (Palat, Johnson)
12:21 TB Kucherov (21), (Stamkos, Point)
19:07 TB Cirelli (11), (Palat)

Second Period
7:21 TB Kucherov (22), (Point, Stamkos)
11:10 TB Verhaeghe (6), (McDonagh)
11:44 WPG Roslovic (9), (Perreault)

Third Period
7:48 TB Cirelli (12), (Palat)
10:45 TB Killorn (20), (Stephens, Sergachev)

Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Cirelli with his first career NHL hat trick, which is great, but...

It was nice knowing you all, but by the time we wake up tomorrow I fully expect the locusts and the lava to be everywhere. Alex Killorn has 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career, thereby triggering #EndOfDays. The appropriate place to be in times like these is either in church or making love one last time to your partner. Choose according to your own individual situations.

Your pre All-Star Break/pre-rapture standings update has the Lightning clinching a successful 10-game segment tonight to maintain the 2 point insurance buffer they had coming into the segment with a couple more games to play in the segment. There's still work to do t clinch the playoffs over the next three segments, but a couple of wins to get to the 50 game mark would put them in very commanding shape.

Carter Verhaeghe had a goal and 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:57.

Mitchell Stephens had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:20. He was also a stylish 89% on 9 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-20 Thunderbirds at Crunch

Syracuse is just a bad team right now.

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Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. His season save percentage is now .885.

First Period
7:21 SPR Prow (4), (Audette, Pecararo)
11:51 SYR Yan (8), (Somppi, Huntington)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:04 SPR Tippett (16), (Schemitsch, Cross)
8:19 SPR Audette (8), (Prow, Rodewald)
19:56 SPR O'Gara (2), (unassisted)(EN)

Dennis Yan was the game's second star.

After going 2-6-0-2 in their last ten games, Syracuse has fallen to the .500 mark, and they're only a couple of points out of last place in the North Division. Tough times for a proud AHL organization that's had a lot of recent success.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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