For head coach Rob Zettler, it came down to a couple mental errors early.
The Crunch allowed a shorthanded goal on their first man-advantage and the Americans tallied a power play goal later in the first period, as Syracuse dropped its third-straight game to Rochester, 3-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"Special teams were the difference," Zettler said. "They scored on the power play, we gave up one on our power play. The rest of the game I thought we were all over them."
Makarov bests old tandem-mate.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 25 shots, dropping the decision to Andrey Makarov, who stopped all 38 he faced at the other end.
RCH Armia, (4) (Leduc, Makarov), 2:58 (SH)
RCH Leduc, (1) (Pysyk, Grigorenko), 19:02 (PP)
RCH Varone, (4) (Adam, Samuels-Thomas), 7:42
It's rough to get shutout, but I'd say there were silver linings. They settled down after a rough First Period and outshot Rochester 25-11 the rest of the way. That's solid. They just couldn't crack Makarov, who can be impenetrable when he's on his game. Rochester is pretty loaded with high draft picks, too, so it's not like they were playing the sisters of the poor. They just really need to get some continuity and some bounces to go their way, and I think they'll be fine.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
HPK 3 vs. Blues 4 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Ex-Norfolk Admiral Bracken Kearns had a helper in Blues' 4-3 SO win over HPK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori also had a helper in defeat for HPK.
Bratislava 2 vs. Novosibirsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%
Dmitry Monya's Second Period power play goal snapped a 2-2 tie and delivered Novosibirsk a 3-2 victory over Slovan Bratislava. Ex-Islanders second rounder Mikko Koskinen turned aside 32 for the win.
Ufa 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-3-10, -3, 6 PIM
Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a goal for Yugra in their 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Stars first rounder Ivan Vishnevskiy also had a goal in the match in defeat for Ufa. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:22 in the match.
Mytischi 4 vs. Novokuznetsk 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was +2 in 19:13 for Mytischi in their 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov had a goal in the match for Mytischi, as did ex-Avs second rounder Ryan Stoa for Novokuznetsk.
Bratislava 1 vs. Khabarovsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 20/23, 3.10 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-6-2, 0 SO, 2.63 GAA, .903 sv%
Ex-Oilers first rounder Jesse Niinimaki had a goal in Khabarovsk's 3-1 win over Slovan.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 14/21 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 8 GP: 1-6-7, -2, 4 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy was dangerous throughout the third period in a close game, creating several chances and manufacturing shots, but he couldn’t find the twine and the Eagles couldn’t find a way to win.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 7 @ Barrie Colts 1
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-9-12, -2, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Sarnia broke their four-game losing streak with a huge win in Barrie. The Sting had seven goals by the end of the second period and coasted through the third. DeAngelo (Sarnia Observer photo) saw a significant amount of ice time in all game situations, including the entirety of a second period penalty kill when Barrie had just pulled to 4-1.
Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, -1, 17 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto scored on the power play in the third period to put Windsor ahead, 3-2. They’d add another, then give up one to give the game a 4-3 final score.
Mississauga Steelheads 1 @ Peterborough Petes 4
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-4-6, -6, 31 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
The Petes scored three times in the third period en route to a 4-1 win over the visiting Steelheads. Masin was forced to fight once again after delivering a clean, hard hit in open ice.