Conacher, Cory

Crunch Continue to Struggle at Home, Fall to Amerks

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Pierre-Cedric Labrie recalled looking at the scoreboard with 14 minutes remaining.

With the Syracuse Crunch trailing 3-2, the forward saw 23 listed as his team's shots on goal. Twelve minutes later -- and the Crunch now trailing by three to the Rochester Americans -- the number had only changed by one.

"We can't win the game (like that) if we're losing by two or three," Labrie said. "If you don't shoot, you don't score."

Syracuse's 5-2 loss at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday snapped a three-game winning streak overall, and was the third straight loss on home ice.

AHL Game Night: 11-2-12 Crunch at Phantoms

Impressive thumping of a team with a lot of NHL talent on it.

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Dustin Tokarski (pictured) picked up his 4th win of the season by stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced. His numbers so far look like a carbon copy of last season's, right down to the .913 save percentage.

First Period
SYR Conacher, (6) , 10:03
ADK Zolnierczyk, (3) (Eddy, Couturier), 17:37

Second Period
SYR Panik, (2) , 5:41
SYR Johnson, (6) (Taormina, Cote), 7:16

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (1) , 19:22 (EN/SH)

Tokarski and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars.

Panik attack, y'all! Off the milk carton and onto the scoresheet.

This was a really odd game when you think that Syracuse actually got held down to 18 shots. As I said, there's a lot of NHL talent on Adirondack. On paper, they're one of the real threats in the conference, so to whip them 4-1 in their barn is good for the soul.

Syracuse is off until Wednesday when they'll start a 2 game set against Hamilton.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch fall to Penguins, 4-1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It took all of 38 seconds for the Syracuse Crunch to find the back of the net Saturday, but it was all downhill from there.

Seeing Brett Connolly and Alex Killorn crashing the net, Cory Conacher threw the puck on goal. After banking off one of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins defenders' skates, it slid past goalie Jeff Zatkoff.

"That was one good bounce we had all game," Conacher said.

AHL Game Day: 10-27-12 Penguins at Crunch

The Lightning's AHL affiliate suffers its first regulation regular season loss since the day of the Super Bowl.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for his first regulation loss of the year. Your serve, Riku.

First Period
SYR Conacher, (5) (Killorn, Connolly), 0:38
WBS Tangradi, (3) (Grant), 14:10

Second Period
WBS Holzapfel, (2) (Gibbons, Reese), 5:35
WBS Bennett, (1) (Smith, Ferriero), 7:57 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Tangradi, (4) , 18:06 (EN)

Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

Coincidentally, the Norfolk Admirals also lost their first game of the season tonight, finally snapping that franchise's regular season win streak. Quite the run for both these players in Syracuse and that franchise down in The Commonwealth.

Syracuse gets Adirondack tomorrow afternoon, presumably with the big Finn Helenius between the pipes.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 10-26-12

No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 0 @ No. 7 Cornell Big Red 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Cornell opened their regular season with a shutout win over visiting Colorado College. Senior John Esposito (undrafted) scored both goals for the Big Red. Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets is looking to build on the eight points he accumulated last season as a sophomore.

No. 3 Miami RedHawks 2 @ No. 7 Michigan Wolverines 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM

Jimmy Mullin set up teammate Cody Murphy on the power play to give Miami a short-lived 1-0 lead, but the RedHawks gave up two third period goals to lose in Michigan, 4-2. Jets first round defenseman Jacob Trouba had two assists for Michigan. Lightning camper Austin Czarnik had a goal for Miami, his third of the season.

Alaska-Anchorage SeaWolves 1 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping), 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell (pictured) notched his first point of the season and North Dakota handled the SeaWolves, 4-1. Flames prospect Danny Kristo had three assists for the Sioux.

USA U-18 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 (exhibition)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
Season totals (pregame): 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.31 GAA, .913 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox got the night off for the Gophers in an exhibition match against the USA Under-18 squad. The Gophers play again on Sunday against Cory Conacher's alma mater, Canisius.

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