Despite knowing there would be a record-breaking crowd in attendance, the Syracuse Crunch focused on the task at hand.
The Crunch battled back from an early deficit, took the lead in the second period and held on in the third, as Syracuse topped the Utica Comets, 2-1, in front of 30,715 people at the Frozen Dome Classic Saturday. The total sets a new United States professional hockey attendance record, which was previously held by the Lightning.
"In the beginning, when we were standing on the goal line, you look around and it's really impressive to see all those people in that building," said Crunch forward Joel Vermin. "After one or two shifts, it's a game and you've got to execute."
Kevin Lynch’s goal was to catch on with an American Hockey League team.
Lynch, a former Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder, split his rookie season between Toledo and Evansville of the ECHL, but believed he could make the next step. After posting six points in nine games with Florida, Lynch got the call saying he had been offered a professional tryout with the Syracuse Crunch last week.
“You have some idea in your head ‘Maybe if I play well at the beginning of the season, I’ll get called up this month or this month,’ but you have no idea how the season is going to go,” Lynch said. “I was surprised and really happy at the same time.”
This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· Cooper's forward rotation - good for development?
· Interview with Yanni Gourde
· BP Mailbag (More toys in the cupboard, ranking systems, 2015 draft targets)
· Weekly prospect review
To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.
Previous BP Podcast editions:
Nov 21: Gwinett Gladiators 4 at Florida Everblades 6
Nov 22: Gwinett Gladiators 0 at Florida Everblades 2
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 2 PIM, 9 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, 2W, 120:00 MIN, 4 GA, 51 SH, 47 SV 1 SO *FIRST STAR*
Season totals: 10 GP, 8-1-0-1, 2.07 GAA, 0.914 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1gp, 1-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 16 PIM, 11 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 8 GP, 2-1-3, E, 7 PIM, 11 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
In a back-to-back set against Gwinett in Estero Friday and Saturday nights, the Everblades emerged with a perfect 4 points and keeping a lock on the lead in the East Division. On Friday night, the Blades rallied to scored three 3rd period goals with Jeff Costello scoring the equalizer early in the period to spur the comeback. Costello also fought Anthony Perdicaro in the 2nd and Mike Aviani instigated fisticuffs with James McEwan. Allen York turned away 26 shots for the win.
On Saturday night, Allen York got the nod in nets again and pitched a 21-shot 2-0 shutout, earning First Star honors. It was York's 2nd shutout of the season, and his 8th victory. Jeff Costello did not play. Florida next plays a back-to-back in Wheeling next weekend.
Nov 22: Missouri Mavericks 0 at Wichita Thunder 6
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG *FIRST STAR*
Season totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 7-6-13, +4, 8 PIM, 40 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 21 PIM, 12 SOG
The floodgates finally opened for the Thunder Saturday night with 6-zip blanking of the Mavericks in Wichita. Leading the way was white-hot Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier, who scored 2 power play goals and earning First Star honors. The Thunder plays Sunday in Tulsa against the Oilers.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 4
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/13 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 16 GP: 1-8-9, -8, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Cape Breton has one win in its last 10 games.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 @ Quebec Remparts 4
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 17-18-35, +17, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne extended his point streak to nine games. He has 17 points in those nine games.
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 8 @ Windsor Spitfires 2
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 6-3-9, -8, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
London was up 6-0 midway through the game and coasted to an 8-2 win. Mitchell Marner (2015) had a hat trick and two assists in the game for the Knights. Marner, who is 5’10”, 164 pounds, has 44 points in 23 games, including 39 points in his last 13 games and 10 in his last two games (yes, you read that right). He’s expected to go in the top-10 of next summer’s draft.
Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 3
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 5-7-12, -11, 35 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin (pictured) scored for the second straight game.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 1
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 13-18-31, +9, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point had two assists in Moose Jaw’s win against Lethbridge to extend his point streak to five games.
Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Red Deer Rebels 4
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-9-12, +1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Rylan Toth (2015) stopped all 23 shots he faced for Red Deer in their win over rival Calgary.