Yanni Gourde accepted the pass, saw the empty net and looked to finish off the hat trick.
The Crunch forward, who had his father and 11 other friends and family watching, guarded the puck against the Phantoms defender but had the stick slashed in half before he could finish the backhand motion. Gourde finished with a pair of goals, as Syracuse scored three unanswered goals to top Lehigh Valley, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I was waiting for those goals for a while," Gourde said. "I've been working hard and they didn't come. Tonight they did. It's special to always score, especially in front of your family."
Vasiy and Gourde spook the Phantoms.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. It's a solid stat line, but the real key was making big saves at key junctures of the game, like any really good goaltender does.
SYR Kunyk, (6) (Lynch, Dodero), 7:21
LV Goumas, (2) (Delisle, Comrie), 17:00
LV Straka, (10) (Goumas, Comrie), 17:24
SYR Gourde, (14) , 3:23
SYR Ikonen, (5) (Angelidis, Corrente), 17:45
SYR Gourde, (15) (Richard, Vermin), 4:00
With Springfield falling to Hartford tonight, Syracuse moves back to just 1 point back in the division with 1 game in hand.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Karpat 2 vs. HPK 4
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was scoreless in HPK's 4-2 win over Karpat. The forward played 15:42 in the match. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori helped lead the way for HPK with 1 goal and 1 assist. HPK now sits 1 point out of the final playoff spot on the Liiga table.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Barrie Colts 3
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM
With SSM: 5 GP, 1-7-8, +1, 6 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 11-35-46, +2, 72 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Barrie cut a 3-0 lead to 3-2 early in the third period, but a Greyhound power play goal assisted by DeAngelo extended the lead for the final time midway through the final frame. The Soo has won six straight games and are undefeated since DeAngelo and the other new additions joined the lineup.
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 7-10-17, -22, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin had his fourth multi-point game of the season and now has goals in two of his last three games and points in three of his last four. Perhaps this is the blossoming we’ve been expecting in the second half.
Kazan 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 34/36, 2.66 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 26-7-6, 4 SO, 1.76 GAA, .937 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin left today's 3-0 loss to Kazan at 5:02 of the Third Period after allowing 2 goals for Magnitka. Backup Alexei Murygin allowed 1 goal on 2 shots the rest of the way. Ex-Devils second rounder Petr Vrana scored the goal for Ak Bars that led to Koshechkin leaving the contest.
Yaroslavl 5 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev. Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 18-10-28, +3, 12 PIM
All-Star Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:31 in Yugra's 5-2 loss to Yaroslavl. 39 year old ex-NHLer Alexander Korolyuk had a goal in defeat for Yugra.
Bratislava 4 vs. Mytischi 5
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-8-9, +1, 51 PIM
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, No Decision, 2/4, 17.60 GAA, .500 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Dmitry Korobov assisted on a key goal to tie the game at 4-4 with under 10 minutes to go in the Third Period in Mytischi's 5-4 win over Bratislava. Korobov played 20:08 in the match. Ex-NHLer Anton Babchuk also had a pair of helpers in the win for Mytischi. Jaroslav Janus was lifted at 6:49 of the First Period in the match after allowing 2 goals on 4 shots to start the game for Slovan. His losing side got 2 assists from ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen in the match.