Crunch pass a gut check.
Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shutout victory. That's the 5th shutout of his rookie campaign and he's 4 games above .500 with a save percentage than has risen to .909. Those are especially impressive numbers given where the Crunch currently are in the standings.
SYR Rankin, (13) (Korobov, Marchessault), 6:25 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (17) (Nesterov, Paradis), 2:34 (PP)
SYR Paradis, (4) (Angelidis), 4:24
After an embarrassing 4-game losing streak where the Crunch hardly looked like a competitive AHL team, they showed some pride today to strike back for the 3-0 victory. Now, granted Adirondack is in dead last in the Eastern Conference. But, this is a team the Crunch should beat if they apply themselves and they applied themselves to the task today. That's something they definitely needed.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Miami RedHawks 3 vs Denver Pioneers 4
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was scratched with a lower body injury. The RedHawks’ season is likely over after their end-of-year streak that got them within a goal or two of winning the conference title. Mullin will be a senior next year.
Western Michigan Broncos 0 vs No. 10 North Dakota 5
NCHC Third Place Game
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-10-17, +7, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
O’Donnell had two assists to help North Dakota to a win in the NCHC Third Place Game.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 first round, 2-0
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 9 SOG, 14/24 FO, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 3-4-7, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin was first star for the second straight game, leading the Mooseheads to a 2-0 series lead over Charlottetown. This game got ugly in the third period with several fights in the last five minutes. Drouin has 21 shots in the two games. The series moves to PEI this week.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3 @ Quebec Remparts 7
Best-of-7 first round series tied, 1-1
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play.
Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, -3, 61 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne remains out while recovering from a lacerated spleen. He is due back by the end of the month if the Remparts are still alive.
Ontario Hockey League
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Barrie Colts 4 (OT)
Colts lead best-of-7 quarterfinals, 2-0
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 2 GP: 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Barrie held serve at home thanks to an overtime win on Saturday night. Dotchin had the only assist on the overtime winner. He scored his second career playoff goal earlier in the game on the power play. Game 3 is in Sudbury.
Has this team given up?
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 6 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Ugly all around.
ALB Hrabarenka, (7) , 3:28
ALB Larsson, (2) (Zajac, Janssen), 8:34
ALB Urbom, (1) (Hrabarenka, Zajac), 18:23
ALB Boucher, (18) (Larsson, Whitney), 1:36
SYR Connolly, (16) (Paquette, Namestnikov), 2:56 (PP)
ALB Zajac, (9) (Wohlberg), 9:56
ALB Sislo, (23) (Timmins, Whitney), 1:07 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (15) (DiSalvatore, Connolly), 16:14 (PP)
There is A LOT wrong in Syracuse right now. A LOT. And although some tweaks have already been made with a view toward next season, I don't think Julien BriseBois was in Syracuse this weekend just to take in the scenery. As the second half of this season has unfolded, it's become clear changes need to be made, but this last stretch of the year may mean bigger changes. This team is fast sinking to the bottom of the conference, and it's got to be an embarrassment to the Lightning organization at this point.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
After putting the Syracuse Crunch on the board with a power play goal early in the second period, Brett Connolly celebrated with an unenthusiastic fist pump.
The goal brought the Crunch back to within three, but the Albany Devils continued to pour on the pressure to hand Syracuse its fourth-straight loss, 6-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"It's a moral victory that we played better tonight than we did last night," Connolly said. "But it's still not good enough."