The Syracuse Crunch’s early lead lasted a little more than 10 minutes.
Crunch forward Adam Erne opened the scoring but the IceCaps rattled off five unanswered goals, as St. John’s skated to a 5-1 win over Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“In the first 10 minutes … there was a lot of O zone play, a lot of O zone time, and a lot of chances,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “Then — I don’t know — we faded. I don’t know if it was our energy. They were certainly executing better than we were and certainly more tenacious than we were.”
“He was under siege all night,” Zettler said of Gudlevskis. “They had 45 shots, 33 or 34 after two periods. There’s certainly no fault on his shoulders.”