The Syracuse Crunch went toe-to-toe with the top team in the AHL, but came up just short.
The Crunch caught a couple bad breaks and allowed three Penguins goals in the third period, as Syracuse fell to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“I’m very happy about the way we played — we were a second-effort hockey club today, we competed hard, we did many good things — but I thought we lost our cool and I thought we ended up losing the game because of that,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said.
Crunch drop heartbreaker against the class of the league.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the hard luck loss.
15:34 SYR Dotchin (3), (Richard, Conacher)
5:33 WBS Rowney (7), (Simon, Gaunce)
8:37 WBS Simon (5), (Guentzel, Pouliot)
19:26 WBS Guentzel (21), (Ruhwedel, Kostopoulos)(PP)(EN)
Jake Dotchin was the game's second star.
Syracuse slips 1 point behind Albany in the North Division with 3 games in hand on the Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a gaudy .770 winning percentage coming into the contest, so it bodes well that the Crunch could play them as even as they did.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
SaiPa 1 vs. JYP 5
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 41 PIM
Saku Salminen played just 4:24 as SaiPa got smashed by JYP 5-1.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 39 GP, 27-9-36, +9, 62 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM2 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 25-20-45, +23, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Joseph (pictured) had two helpers in his return to the Saint John lineup, and newly acquired Julien Gauthier (Hurricanes) had a goal and an assist as the Dogs won in Sydney, 4-1. Joseph now has a 19-game point streak, which is third highest in the Q this year. Per CHL statistician Geoffrey Brandow, Joseph is within three games of tying the Saint John club record.
Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (SO)
C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 16/22 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -10, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM
Somppi had an assist in Halifax’s 2-1 shootout win over the Volts. He did not participate in the shootout.
Ontario Hockey League
Ottawa 67’s 0 @ Erie Otters 8
C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/13 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 13-22-35, +19, 8 PIM
With Erie: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM
W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 25-41-66, +40, 17 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM
Despite Erie putting a snowman on the board against Ottawa, Raddysh and Cirelli combined for just two points. Ivan Lodnia (2017), who was rumored to be part of the deal to acquire Anthony Cirelli, had two goals and an assist for Erie.
Mississauga Steelheads 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 40 GP, 20-16-36, +6, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM
Mississauga scored an upset win in Wayne Gretzky’s old city, topping the Soo, 5-2. The Hounds had a 2-0 lead in the game before watching things blow up.
Peterborough Petes 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
C/W Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 12-18-30, -7, 16 PIM
With Petes: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM
W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM
Paquette had his first point as a Pete with an assist, but Peterborough lost in Kingston, 6-2. Paquette primarily played wing with Niagara, but has moved to second-line center with the Petes.
Saginaw Spirit 1 @ London Knights 5
C/W Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 17/21 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 11-15-26, +14, 14 PIM
With London: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM
Stephens made his Knights debut, and after losing the opening faceoff was 17/20 on draws for the rest of the game. He and Cliff Pu (Sabres) were 21 and 22 in faceoffs taken, respectively, for London. Stephens is wearing No. 67 for London. He was 27 as captain of Saginaw, but 67 last year in AHL Syracuse to end the season and with the Lightning in training camp. It appears to be his chosen number moving forward.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Vancouver Giants 1
C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 22-25-47, +6, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Howden had a shorthanded goal and added an assist to lead the Warriors to a win against the former team of Ben Thomas.
Everett Silvertips 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 0
G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 24 GP, 14-9-1-0, 2.12 GAA, .935 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO
Carter Hart, who overtook Ingram as Canada’s No. 1 goalie in the WJCs, had a 22-save shutout against Ingram’s club. Ingram did not dress for the game as he’s at home in Saskatchewan on a post-WJC break.
No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ Providence Friars 3
C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 9-8-17, +2, 20 PIM
On a night when Martin St. Louis had his jersey retired in Tampa, his alma mater – wear his No. 8 jersey is retired – held on to defeat visiting Providence, 4-3. Ross Colton had a goal and a helper. UVM had a 4-1 lead entering the third period and got outshot 10-1 in the final frame. The Catamounts had 14 total shots on the night.
No. 8 Boston College Eagles 1 @ No. 5 Boston University Terriers 2
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 0-4-4, +7, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM
BU’s Clayton Keller (Coyotes) scored two minutes after BC’s Colin White (Senators) in the third period to put BU ahead 2-1.
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 5 @ Colorado College Tigers 2
D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Win, 23 saves on 25 shots
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-2-1, 3.18 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
Oldham got the start after a rough Mavs weekend last week when they were throttled by North Dakota for two games at home. ONU and Oldham beat Colorado College 5-2 Friday, the same team that went 1-0-1 against then-No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth last weekend.
Michigan Wolverines 2 @ No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-2-4, +8, 27 PIM
Zuhlsdorf was a team-high (tie) plus-3 as the Gophers beat the Maize and Blue, 5-2. Michigan scored first, but was down 3-1 by the end of the first period.
*USCHO poll used for rankings
Game (and possibly season) slips away from Tampa Bay.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the hard luck loss. He deserved better. He made a good number of timely saves but the Lightning couldn't finish their chances most of the night. It's a shame. A win would've been huge for the team and huge for Vasilevskiy's confidence.
16:18 TB Drouin (13), (Filppula, Palat)
16:40 CBJ Anderson (10), (Savard)
4:29 CBJ Foligno (15), (Werenski, Wennberg)(PP)
18:55 CBJ Jenner (7), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)
Jonathan Drouin was the game's third star.
The Lightning couldn't finish their chances, let Columbus hang around, and eventually the Blue Jackets finished just enough of theirs. It's really simple. The Lightning played a pretty good game overall. They dominated the first 30 minutes of the contest and could've easily built a good sized lead with the scoring chances they had, but they allowed Columbus to hang around. The final 30 minutes of the game the Blue Jackets found some traction with their forecheck and eventually found the tying goal and drew the power play to get the winner. All things being equal, there wouldn't be a whole lot from this game to cry over, but things are not equal right now. The Lightning standings situation is fast becoming desperate and it's getting to the point where every night they fail to earn points puts them closer to an early trip to the golf course.
Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 9:08. He was also 60% on 5 draws.
Matthew Peca had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 7:46.
Crunch, goaltending tandem, outlast Marlies.
18:15 SYR Taormina (11), (Halmo, Richard)
0:12 SYR Morin (7), (Vermin, Thomas)
4:03 TOR Froese (15), (Leipsic, Lindberg)
7:17 TOR Cameranesi (2), (Corrado, Clune)
13:49 TOR Leipsic (10), (Nielsen, Kapanen)
19:40 SYR Taormina (12), (Richard, Conacher)(PP)
1:10 SYR Gourde (11), (Walcott)
6:33 SYR Richard (8), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
10:16 TOR Cameranesi (3), (Moore, Corrado)
Syracuse holds a 1 point lead in the AHL North Division with 3 games in hand on second place Albany.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch seized the momentum late in the second period.
The Crunch tied the score with 20 seconds left in the middle period, added the go-ahead goal 1:10 into the third and held on for a 5-4 win against the Toronto Marlies at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
“I’m very happy with the way we bounced back,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “That game reminded me of the first game here. The momentum was shifting left and right. They have a good team, and we had to grind it out.”
Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Dinamo Riga Jr. 0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 50 PIM
Oleg Sosunov returned to the lineup and was scoreless for Loko Jr. in their 1-0 defeat of Riga Jr. Goaltender Artyom Melnikov stopped all 18 shots he faced for the shutout victory.
St. Petersburg 9 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 20-38-58, +33, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev scored the 9th and final goal in a Friday 13th massacre that concluded with SKA defeating Novokuznetsk 9-1. Gusev also had a power play helper in his 16:54 of ice time. Gusev's goal was his 20th of his season, making this the third straight season the young forward has hit 20 goals in the KHL, and he's now 1 goal shy of his career high of 21 set in 2014-2015 with Khanty-Mansiysk. Gusev's linemates Evgeny Dadonov and Vadim Shipachyov were the high men for SKA with 4 points each.