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Crunch Let Lead Slip Away in Loss to Flames


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite having a two goal lead early in the third period, the Syracuse Crunch couldn't hold on.

The Flames scored twice in the final 14 minutes of regulation and Ken Agostino netted the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime, as Adirondack beat Syracuse, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"We lack the discipline to play a tighter game late in the third period," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "They wanted to open up and we seemed like we wanted to go right along with that ride and open it up a little bit. Instead of clamping down and making smart plays throughout he neutral zone, we failed to do that."

AHL Game Night: 4-17-15 Flames at Crunch

Snake bitten and still struggling.

ADK-5
SYR-4 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. After getting his save percentage up as high as .906, Gudlevskis' recent struggles have dropped him back down to the goaltending Mendoza line of .900.

First Period
SYR Vermin, (12) (Peca, Koekkoek), 4:39
ADK Poirier, (18) , Reinhart, 19:16

Second Period
SYR Point, (2) (Marchessault, Kunyk), 0:47
SYR Gourde, (29) (Point, Ikonen), 4:52
ADK Yonkman, (2) (Tousignant, Harris), 16:24

Third Period
SYR Marchessault, (24) (Dotchin, Peca), 3:29
ADK Wolf, (20) (Kulak), 13:43
ADK Elson, (17) , 16:31

Overtime
ADK Agostino, (14) (Kulak, Arnold), 0:39

Jonathan Marchessault and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars. Throw in that Matthew Peca had his first multi-point night as a pro, and you had a hat trick of important Lightning forward prospects producing. Therein lies the silver lining of tonight's loss: the offense is starting to come around, finally. That doesn't take all the sting out of coughing up a pair of 2 goal leads, but it's something.

Syracuse sits 2 points behind Hartford for the division lead, which will yield the East #3 seed in the playoffs.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-16-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2
Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 1/5 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 11-3-14, +4, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec completed the four-game sweep of the Islanders, winning 5-2 Thursday night on PEI. The Remparts have now won five straight games since losing Game 6 to Cape Breton in the first round. Adam Erne’s five-game goal streak came to an end, though he had an assist. The Remparts will wait to see who they play next; the other three series are still going.

NHL Playoff Game Night: 4-16-15 Red Wings at Lightning

Done in by a softie.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game One

DET-3
TB-2

Detroit Leads the Series 1-0

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 14 shots for the loss. What an ugly stat line. Only one of the goals was soft, but as they often are, a soft goal ended up being the margin in the game. Bishop's got a lot to prove, as tonight was his first NHL playoff debut. The good news, I suppose, is that Bishop hasn't wet the bed in two straight games all season long. So, I'd expect his best next time out.

First Period
9:03 DET Datsyuk (1), (Quincey, Helm)
14:31 TB Boyle (1), (unassisted)(SH)

Second Period
0:08 DET Datsyuk (2), (Helm)(PP)

Third Period
5:50 DET Glendening (1), (unassisted)(SH)
8:26 TB Nesterov (1), (Callahan, Killorn)

Brian Boyle was the game's third star.

The Lightning probably deserved better in this game, outshooting Detroit 46-14. Their speed earned them a lot of possession on the forecheck and nearly a half dozen odd man rushes in the game, but they struggled to convert and they didn't get much puck luck on second opportunities despite the amount of rubber they threw Mrazek's way. I'd expect the Lightning get the tape of this game and decipher one or two subtle changes to their approach that may yield them a little more success on that front. From a confidence standpoint, though, after what happened last year against Montreal, this team desperately needs to get Game Two.

The power play needs to not go 0-for-7. It didn't look terrible, but they need to get the payoff if the Wings are going to keep taking infractions.

The stats say Hedman and Stamkos had a much better game than the eye test indicated, so I will refrain from giving my "best players need to be best players" speech for not. If Stammer keeps getting 8 shots on goal a night, I like his chances of getting a breakthrough sooner rather than later, and Hedman had his moments, although I believe he has another gear above the one he showed tonight, to be sure.

Nikita Nesterov had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 3 hits in 17:01. I thought he was one of the 2-3 best d-men on the Lightning tonight along with Coburn and Stralman.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-16-15 Crunch at Devils

Sinking ship.

SYR-2
ALB-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 6 goals on 24 shots. Ugly.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (28) , 3:41
ALB Whitney, (21) (Lorito, Scarlett), 16:51

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
ALB Helgeson, (2) (Whitney, Lorito), 1:03
ALB Thomson, (8) , 1:57
ALB Whitney, (22) (Burlon, Lorito), 7:33 (PP)
ALB Lorito, (3) (Sislo, Scarlett), 13:30 (PP)
ALB Matteau, (11) (Lorito, Hrabarenka), 16:16
SYR Richard, (13) (Ashton), 18:52 (PP)

The team just dissolved in the Third Period. What a catastrophe.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-15-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Semifinals

East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3 @ East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 2 (OT)
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary was outshot 36-21 but won the game on the scoreboard with a 3-2 overtime win. The Hitmen were outshot 6-0 in overtime before their first shot went in. Rookie Jordy Stallard scored the game-winner, his third of the playoffs. He had six goals all year. The Hitmen, who were 1 for 2 on penalty shots in Game 4, can close out the series on Friday at home.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-14-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/7 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 11-2-13, +3, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne extended his goal-scoring streak to five games with a second period marker as the Quebec Remparts moved to within one win of eliminating the Charlottetown Islanders in their QMJHL quarterfinal series. Erne came into the game with at least two goals in his last four games played. After struggling against Cape Breton in the opening round, the Remparts seem to have found their groove. They can eliminate the Islanders Thursday.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Semifinals

West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ West-4 Guelph Storm 2
Sault Ste. Marie wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-14-14, +12, 10 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Guelph managed to stay within a goal of the Soo on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough to win the game or extend the series as the Greyhounds completed the sweep, 3-2. The Storm were down 3-0 in the game before climbing back to 3-2 on a shorthanded goal early in the third period. That was as close as they came. The Soo now moves on to take on Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters in the Western Conference Finals. The Otters swept the London Knights, 4-0, and are 8-1 overall in the playoffs. Sault Ste. Marie is 8-0. This one will be a doozy. On the other side of the bracket, Oshawa is up 2-1 on Niagara and North Bay leads Barrie, 2-1. The much-anticipated Erie-Soo match-up may not get started for a while, but should be worth the wait.

Prospect of the Week: 4-14-15


By Jeremy Houghtaling

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for April 14, 2015 is … Jonathan Marchessault, W, Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

The morning after registering a career-high four points in a come-from-behind win over Bridgeport, Jonathan Marchessault was on a plane destined for Tampa Bay.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-13-15

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Semifinals

East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 5
Calgary leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won a coveted odd-numbered game in the series to take a 2-1 series lead on Medicine Hat. The Hitmen were down 2-0 early, but had a three-goal lead entering the third period at 5-2. They had to hang on to put away the Tigers, 5-4. The Tigers outshot the Hitmen 12-2 in the third period. Game 4 is in Medicine Hat Wednesday.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-12-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals

QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 4 (OT)
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 2-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 7/16 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 10-2-12, +1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne scored two goals for the fourth straight game with one of the goals being the game-winner in overtime to give the Remparts a 2-0 series lead over Charlottetown. The Islanders had tied the game with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Erne, who scored at 16:19 of the extra session, has been first star in both games of the series. Game 3 is Tuesday on PEI.

Ontario Hockey League
Western Conference Semifinals

West-1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ West-4 Guelph Storm 1
Sault Ste. Marie leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-14-14, +11, 10 PIM
With SSM: 26 GP, 15-36-51, +33, 51 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 25-64-89, +34, 115 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Guelph isn’t coming close to the Greyhounds on the scoreboard this series, including falling 6-1 on Sunday. The Soo has a plus-14 goal differential in the series after three games. They can eliminate the Storm in Guelph on Tuesday in Game 4.

Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ East-3 Calgary Hitmen 2 (OT)
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Medicine Hat needed overtime to beat Calgary on Sunday, winning Game 2 to tie the series at one. The Tigers got the game-winner with just over three minutes left in the first overtime. They scored on their 50th shot. Game 3 is Monday in Medicine Hat. The series is following a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 format.

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