Dotchin, Jake

Dotchin picks up where he left off after injury


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin picked up where he left off.

The rookie defenseman, who netted his first professional goal two periods before blocking a shot that injured his ankle on Dec. 5, needed little time to knock off any rust when he returned to the Syracuse Crunch lineup late last month.

Dotchin realizes the ups and downs come with the territory.

“I remember blocking that shot. It wasn’t a goal, but it felt like one to the guys and to me,” Dotchin said. “The guys were patting me on the back and what-not. It was unfortunate that I was out for that long, but it’s something I’d go down and do that for the team again, for sure.”

AHL Game Night: 2-4-15 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Comeback Crunch find their PP.

HFD-2
SYR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 17 shots for the victory. He had light work in his first game as the clear starter since Vasilevskiy's recall, as the team in front of him outshot Hartford by a staggering 45-17 margin.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
HFD Haggerty, (8) (Mueller), 2:50
HFD Hrivik, (8) (Allen, Kristo), 10:49 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Dotchin, (3) (Namestnikov, Gourde), 10:18 (PP)
SYR Smith, (10) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 14:39 (PP)
SYR Dodero, (1) (Namestnikov, Gourde), 15:55

Charlie Dodero, Yanni Gourde, and Jake Dotchin were the game's three stars. Syracuse overcame a 2 goal deficit in the Third Period by getting a pair of power play goals from their typically dreadful extra man units. They ended up 2-for-6 on the game.

Syracuse maintains a 1 point lead atop the Eastern Conference over the Manchester Monarchs. They also opened up a 6 point lead on Hartford in the division and hold a 7 point lead over the cratering Springfield Falcons.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-30-15 Americans at Crunch

Track meet in Syracuse.

RCH-4
SYR-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the victory. He was not on top of his game and was lucky to be the recipient of a touchdown's worth of goal support.

First Period
SYR Marchessault, (11) (Namestnikov, Blunden), 1:09
RCH Varone, (10) (Catenacci, Austin), 1:45
RCH Irwin, (6) (Schaller, D'Amigo), 2:23
SYR Dotchin, (2) (Richard, Vermin), 8:21 (PP)
SYR Cote, (2) (Angelidis), 19:16

Second Period
RCH Irwin, (7) (Varone, McCabe), 8:01
SYR Blujus, (2) (Vermin, Angelidis), 11:21
SYR Vermin, (8) , 16:14

Third Period
RCH Rankin, (1) , 4:19
SYR Marchessault, (12) (Namestnikov), 19:18 (EN)

Joel Vermin, Mike Angelidis, and Jake Dotchin were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 11-12-14 Crunch at Devils

The Gourde and Richard Show rolls on.

SYR-3
ALB-2 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 22 shots and stopped 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
ALB Timmins, (5) (Thompson), 1:06
SYR Gourde, (3) , 4:49

Second Period
SYR Vermin, (4) (Dotchin, Marchessault), 2:52

Third Period
ALB Sestito, (3) (Scarlett), 2:44

Overtime
NONE

Shootout
SYR- Gourde, Richard
ALB- Thompson

Joel Vermin and Tanner Richard were the game's first and third stars. After posting just 1 point in 8 games in the month of October, Yanni Gourde had 3 goals and 6 points in 5 games in November. Richard, who faced the same futility at the scoresheet in October, has 2 goals and 5 points in 5 games this month, and obviously had the shootout winner tonight.

I also remain pleasantly surprised by the production of some of the Lightning's middle-tier rookie blueliners. Both Dylan Blujus and Jake Dotchin continue to hover around a half a point a game and are on the plus side of the ledger for the year.

With the win, Syracuse climbs into 8th place in the Eastern Conference, just 2 points back of division leaders Hartford and Bridgeport. Syracuse faces Hershey next on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Dotchin Fights to Improve with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Six games into his rookie season, Jake Dotchin is all about being a student.

Crunch coach Rob Zettler noticed the defenseman's focus on improvement, comparing the rookie to a sponge.

"First off, a great work ethic and a fun kid to be around," Zettler said of the 20-year-old. "He tries to absorb all of it. He's a bit of a sponge that way."

Dotchin recorded his first pro point and fight last weekend, recording an assist in Syracuse’s loss to Portland Saturday and having a short-but-spirited bout with Matheiu Gagnon in a 5-1 loss to Springfield Saturday.

"There are a lot of firsts for everybody -- the fights, the points," Zettler said. "Just feeling the speed, feeling how quick this league is and how good it is, they still have a long way to go. They have taken some strides, but they're still learning."

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