Colton, Ross

AHL Game Night: 1-22-20 Crunch at Rocket

And then Wedgewood got hurt again.

SYR-2
LAV-3 (OT)

Scott Wedgewood allowed 1 goal on 7 shots before leaving with injury. Spencer Martin then allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

First Period
6:26 SYR Smith (17), (Walcott)(SH)
7:32 LAV Vejdemo (9), (Alain, Jevpalovs)
19:39 SYR Raddysh (10), (Colton, Barre-Boulet)(pp)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period[b]
10:07 LAV Varone (2), (Barber, Leskinen)(PP)

[b]Overtime
0:06 LAV Evans (9), (Hudon)

Ross Colton was the game's third star.

Wedgewood was hurt in a collision in his crease in just his second game returning from over a month's absence with a lower body injury. Oof.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-11-20 Americans at Crunch

Four goal Third Period helps Comeback Crunch stave off slipping down to the .500 mark.

RCH-4
SYR-5

Spencer Martin allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the victory. Julien BriseBois needs to please, for the love of God, do something about the goaltending situation in Syracuse. Please. Martin's got an .888 save percentage now, for crying out loud.

First Period
5:55 RCH Randell (5), (unassisted)
10:43 RCH Gilmour (4), (Smith)

Second Period
9:25 SYR Colton (7), (Raddysh)
10:32 RCH Murray (5), (Mittlestadt, Smith)

Third Period
2:47 SYR Raddysh (8), (Colton, Joseph)
4:14 RCH Dea (12), (unassisted)(SH)
8:36 SYR Katchouk (8), (Thomas, Raddysh)
11:45 SYR Sielhoff (2), (Conacher)
17:32 SYR Walcott (4), (Smith, Conacher)

Taylor Raddysh, Ross Colton, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars. Nice result for the Lightning's prospect forwards and their development.

Syracuse ended up outshooting Rochester by about a 3:2 margin, but I'll say it again: this is a very frustrating game when your team has to work that much harder just to get a goal because goaltending is not what it should be. Syracuse has the worst GAA in the Eastern Conference right now having surrendered 129 goals in just 37 games. Having the third most goals in the East will remain irrelevant until Syracuse can keep fishing it out of the back of their own nets.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL game Night: 1-10-20 Rocket at Crunch

Crunch goaltending continues to be hot garbage.

LAV-7
SYR-5

Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 7 shots before getting the gate. Mike Condon then allowed 3 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way for the old back door loss.

First Period
4:27 SYR Conacher (13), (Martel, Sieloff)
6:45 LAV Barber (7), (unassisted)
19:04 SYR Raddysh (7), (Colton, Sielhoff)

Second Period
0:37 LAV Folin (1), (Veilleux, Barber)
2:18 LAV Alain (8), (Ouellet)
2:34 LAV Lynch (4), (Jevpalovs, Folin)
6:42 SYR Colton (6), (Foote)(PP)
17:50 LAV Hudon (17), (Ouellet, Evans)(PP)

Third Period
9:26 SYR Walcott (3), (Thomas, Yan)
13:56 LAV Hudon (18), (Evans)
17:00 LAV Alzner (1), (Cox)(EN)
19:50 SYR Gaunce (4), (Joseph, Conacher)(PP)

Ross Colton was the game's third star.

Hockey's a painfully frustrating sport when the other team doesn't have to work as hard as you do to score goals. No organization knows that better than the Lightning's given how much it struggled at the goaltending position the first two decades of its existence. Of the five goaltenders who have appeared in net for the Crunch this season, not a one had a .900 or better save percentage. In this day and age, you can't win games with that. Can't do it.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-14-19 Crunch at Checkers

Comeback Crunch get some getback in Charlotte.

SYR-5
CHA-4

Mike Condon allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
17:00 SYR Volkov (2), (Colton, Yan)(PP)
18:08 CHA Kuokkanen (5), (Gust, Bean)

Second Period
0:27 CHA Kuokkanen (6), (Gibbons, Priskie)(PP)
8:28 CHA Bean (5), (Kuokkanen, Priskie)(PP)
11:43 SYR Smith (9), (Gaunce)

Third Period
4:13 SYR Mueller (10), (Barre-Boulet, Gaunce)
5:37 SYR Colton (4), (Katchouk, Foote)
13:44 CHA Lorentz (6), (Gibbons)(SH)
17:29 SYR Katchouk (6), (Conacher, Masin)

Boris Katchouk and Ross Colton were the game's first and second stars.

Ben Groulx can take pride in how his team responded to falling into a 3-1 hole given the struggles they've had against this particular opponent in that particular arena. A moment like this where the team can show resiliency is going to pay dividends down the road this season when they face different sets of adversity.

At 32 points in the standings, Syracuse is catching up to the logjam of three teams tied for third in the North Division at 33 points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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