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AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-25-19 Crunch at Monsters

Long offseason begins for Lightning organization.

SYR-0
CLE-3

Cleveland Wins the Series 3-1

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
6:36 CLE Foudy (1), (Letestu, Milano)

Second Period
4:31 CLE Broadhurst (1), (unassisted)
18:02 CLE Foudy (2), (Milano, Wade)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Cleveland got the early goal in this one and immediately had Syracuse chasing the game. The Crunch, unfortunately, just never caught up despite putting a lot of pressure (38 shots) in Cleveland's direction, especially in the final 40 minutes.

With salary cap issues requiring changes up top, we may well see Dominik Masin and Cal Foote, among others, make the jump to the next level.

Frustrating postseason top to bottom. It hurts badly, and the Lightning organization has some serious wagon-circling to do once the aftermath of Steve Yzerman departing to Detroit shakes out. This felt like an era ending with a whimper tonight, to be honest.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-23-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Semi-Finals

No. 1 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 @ No. 5 Rimouski Oceanic 2
Rouyn-Noranda leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, 19/33 FO
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 7-8-15, +11, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 40-52-92 +41, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Rimouski scored five minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead and was nearly to intermission with the same lead before Rouyn-Noranda scored with 10 seconds left in the first to tie it up. The Huskies came out in the second period on a mission, scoring twice and adding two more early in the third period to take a 5-1 lead. Lightning prospect Radim Salda made it 5-2 with half a period to go but the Huskies were too strong down the stretch. This sets up an elimination game for the Oceanic on Wednesday at home. Should they lose, perhaps Huntington and Salda can join AHL Syracuse if the Crunch can extend their series against Cleveland. ECHL Orlando likely isn’t an option due to playoff rosters being set prior to the Solar Bears first postseason game. Speaking of, Otto Somppi was just reassigned from Syracuse to Orlando. He was on the established playoff roster.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-23-19 Crunch at Monsters

Desperate Crunch stave off elimination.

SYR-2
CLE-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-1

Eddie Pasquale turned aside 25 of 26 for the victory.

First Period
12:10 SYR Barre-Boulet (1), (Stephens, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:31 SYR Andreoff (1), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)(PP)
12:47 CLE Scott (2), (Dalpe)(SH)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and second stars.

Backs against the wall, Syracuse grossly outshot Cleveland 20-8 through the first 40 minutes tonight and, but for some bad luck with some posts, probably deserved to have a much larger than 1-0 lead. Thankfully, they got the insurance marker on the PP early in the Third Period and then managed to withstand the age-old score effects surge from the Monsters the rest of the way. Game Four will really tell the tale, though, because I expect a lot more urgency from Cleveland facing the prospect of having to go to a decisive Game Five on the road in Syracuse if they fail to deliver in their own barn. Syracuse could really use a break through in their secondary scoring to help make that happen.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 4-20-19 Monsters at Crunch

Everything is bad in the Lightning organization right now.

CLE-5
SYR-1

Cleveland Leads the Series 2-0

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:18 CLE Scott (1), (MacInnis)
12:36 SYR Colton (1), (Conacher, Verhaeghe)(PP)
17:15 CLE DeSalvo (1), (Milano, Carlsson)

Third Period
9:05 CLE Letestu (2), (Milano)
15:47 CLE Milano (1), (Carlsson)(EN)
17:40 CLE Barach (1), (unassisted)(EN)

I feel like I'm watching that episode of Married With Children where the devil makes a deal with Al Bundy to take the Bears to the Super Bowl, but then takes his football powers away so he can't win the Super Bowl... except hockey, and an entire organization.

https://theahl.com/stats/game-summary/1019540

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