Erne, Adam

AHL Game Night: 1-17-18 Crunch at Senators

Crunch winning streak snapped in goaltending duel.

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BNG-2 (OT)

Connor Ingram re-entered the nets for the Crunch after Louis Domingue's return to Tampa Bay and stopped 23 of 25 shots for the OT loss. That snapped a personal six game winning streak for Ingram.

First Period
3:22 SYR Stephens (13), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Second Period[b]
18:55 BEL O'Brien (10), (McCormick, Chlapik)

[b]Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
2:13 BEL McCormick (6), (O'Brien, Burgdoerfer)

The Crunch offense may have been a little off kilter tonight with Adam Erne, Anthony Cirelli, and Dennis Yan all nicked up with injuries and out of the lineup. The club did get Mitchell Stephens' 13th goal of the season, Stephens has quickly and quietly ascended to the top of Syracuse's goalscoring list on the back of seven goals in his last eight games. His roughly three week rampage surely makes him yet another prime recall option for the Lightning's vacant roster spot, whenever they should choose to fill it.

With the point tonight, the Crunch are within three points of Rochester for second in the North Division with a game in hand on the Americans and five points back of first place Toronto with the Marlies holding a game in hand. The team's 9-1-0 run in their last ten games has put them within whisper's distance of catching the division's lead pack, which seemed nearly impossible just a couple of months ago when the team was languishing around last place.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-10-18 Crunch at Devils

Ingram keeps it rolling.

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Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 35 shots for his 5th straight victory. Ingram helped Syracuse overcome a stunning 35-16 shot deficit to get the victory and he's now raised his season save percentage above the proverbial goaltender's Mendoza Line at .901.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:49 SYR Bournival (11), (Condra, McBain)(PP)
6:07 SYR Erne (11), (Bournival, McNeill)
13:27 BNG Thomson (3), (Baddock, Jacobs)

Third Period
1:05 SYR McBain (5), (Stephens, Bournival)
3:43 SYR Lynch (9), (Erne)(SH)

Ingram, Michael Bournival, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

The Crunch have moved to within 6 points of Rochester for second place in the North Division and 7 points of Toronto for first place with a game in hand on both of those division rivals.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1-7-18 Crunch at Bruins

Comeback Crunch sweep the weekend.

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PRO-3

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
0:17 SYR Bournival (10), (Erne, Thomas)
12:51 PRO Beleskey (3), (Cave, Cross)
14:31 SYR Peca (8), (Joseph, Walcott)

Second Period
4:36 PRO Cehlarik (5), (Karlsson, Cross)
12:50 PRO Bjork (2), (O'Gara, Karlsson)(PP)

Third Period
3:48 SYR Stephens (10), (Verhaeghe)
7:26 SYR Erne (10), (Lynch)

Adam Erne and Matthew Peca were the game's first and third stars. Both Erne and fellow winger Mitchell Stephens potted their 10th goals of the season. Stephens has 4 goals in the past 3 games and appears to be yet another forward throwing their resume on Steve Yzerman's desk for a second half cup of coffee with Tampa Bay.

With the win, at this hour, the Crunch have clearly separated from the pack behind them and sit on an island in third place in the North Divison 6 points up on Laval and 8 points up on Utica. They sit a full 7 points behind second place Rochester and 9 back of first place Toronto, although they hold a game in hand on the Americans and two games in hand on the Marlies.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Opinion: Lightning at the Halfway Mark

Forty games into a historic 2017-2018 season, let's take a moment to pause, step out of the moment, and take stock of where the club is. Sitting halfway through the campaign expectations for the team, which missed the postseason just a year ago, are sky high for good reason. Not only is the Lightning atop the NHL standings a full 13 points ahead of the pace they need to be in order to make the postseason, but the team leads a bevy of organizational and individual statistical categories.

Let's pump the breaks on prematurely planning a Stanley Cup championship parade, though. There's still half of the regular season and the postseason left to play, and as good as the team is, it's not without blemishes. How General Manager Steve Yzerman addresses those blemishes (or doesn't) and how any potential changes alters team chemistry (or doesn't) will have a lot to say about whether the team lives up to its perceived potential. So, with all of that in mind, let's look at how the team got here, what its weaknesses are, and what might happen next.

AHL Game Night: 12-15-17 Bruins at Crunch

Double digits winning streak.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Goal support is a beautiful thing.

First Period
2:13 PRO Blidh (5), (unassisted)(SH)
3:18 SYR Verhaeghe (7), (Cirelli, Masin)
3:39 PRO Hennessy (4), (Acolatse, Zboril)
11:20 SYR Erne (7), (Bodie)
12:33 SYR Bournival (8), (Masin, Peca)
15:27 SYR Erne (8), (Peca, Bournival)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
5:04 SYR Lynch (6), (Cernak, Bournival)
11:56 PRO Senyshyn (5), (Blidh, Cave)

Adam Erne, Michael Bournival, and Domink Masin were the game's three stars. At Bolt Prospects, we love us some Dom Masin.

Syracuse runs their winning streak to 10 games with the victory. Long may it run.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-6-17 Crunch at Comets

Erne's hat trick keeps streaking Crunch on track.

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UTI-1

Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. He's 5-2-0 with a .927 save percentage since joining Syracuse.

First Period
9:54 UTI Wiercioch (4), (Megna, Darcy)(SH)
17:57 SYR Erne (4), (Lynch)

Second period
9:55 SYR Verhaeghe (4), (Masin, Cernak)
11:02 SYR Verhaeghe (5), (Bournival)

Third Period

7:54 SYR Spencer (1), (Cirelli, Erne)
10:50 SYR Erne (5), (Bodie, Cirelli)
12:48 SYR Erne (6), (Joseph, Cirelli)(PP)

Adam Erne, Carter Verhaeghe, and Mathieu Joseph were the game's three stars.

Erne's hat trick obviously gets the headlines, but it was a banner night for several Crunch players, Carter Verhaeghe's two goals ended up being the critical markers that swayed the momentum of the game, and Anthony Cirelli chipped in assists in triplicate to help Syracuse turn the game into a laugher in the final frame. Additionally, defenseman Matthew Spencer had a milestone moment scoring his first professional goal.

Syracuse's white hot seven game winning streak has moved them from the out house of the North Division to third in winning percentage and fourth in raw points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-2-17 Senators at Crunch

Six straight for the Crunch puts them up over .500.

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SYR-5 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 24 shots before stopping 6 of 7 shooters in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
2:29 SYR Masin (4), (Spencer, Verhaeghe)
17:37 BEL Chlapik (4), (McCormick, Jaros)
19:12 SYR Stephens (3), (Peca, Cernak)

Second Period
1:59 BEL White (4), (Perron, Jaros)(PP)
12:29 SYR Bodie (2), (Bournival, Lynch)

Third Period
0:57 BEL DiDomenico (5), (Paul, White)(PP)
3:47 BEL Paul (1), (DiDomenico)
19:12 SYR Erne (3), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
BEL- White
SYR- Joseph, Loney

Ty Loney and Adam Erne were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse came within an eyelash of seeing their winning streak go up in smoke in a frustrating Third Period, but Adam Erne's tally with 48 seconds to go kept hope alive. Syracuse actually had a staggering 25-7 shot advantage through 40 minutes before Belleville started playing score effects hockey in the Third Period to pull ahead on the scoreboard, if only for a moment.

Thankfully, Syracuse's late game heroics moved them to a 10-9-1-2 record for the campaign and above .500 after banging their heads against the wall in multiple 1 goal losses the first two months of the year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-1-17 Rocket at Crunch

Five straight wins gets Syracuse back to .500.

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Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. His save percentage since joining the Crunch has now gotten to a stylish .923 mark after tonight's effort.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:58 SYR Erne (2), (Cirelli, McBain)

Third Period
1:56 SYR Peca (3), (Stephens, Thomas)
16:42 LAV Terry (11), (Taormina, Petti)(PP)

Matthew Peca, Domingue, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

Syracuse has risen from the basement of the North Division to a three-way tie for third in the division in winning percentage.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 11-18-17 Crunch at Marlies

Breakthrough for Crunch remains close, but out of reach.

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TOR-2

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It was a quality start in his Syracuse debut, at least.

First Period
3:05 SYR Erne (1), (Thomas, Yan)(PP)
13:54 TOR Johnsson (7), (Mueller, Kapanen)(PP)
18:56 TOR Kapanen (5), (Rosen, Johnsson)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Dennis Yan was the game's third star.

Good to see Adam Erne rebound with a goal after his... inartful... breakaway attempt last time out made Sportcenter bloopers.

Syracuse outshot the division-leading Marlies, but couldn't crack Garret Sparks for the equalizer. The team remains tantalizingly close to a breakthrough but is still struggling to figure out how to finish off and win games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-21-17 Thunderbirds at Crunch

Crunch finally break through with a big win.

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SYR-4

Connor Ingram allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the victory. He played well in relief against the Devils and followed it up with another solid effort.

1st
17:45 SYR McGinn (2), (Conacher, Lynch)

Second Period
14:44 SYR Akeson (1), (Erne)

Third Period
3:19 SYR Bournival (2), (Erne, Masin)
4:42 SPR Valk (1), (Hawryluk, Wittchow)(PP)
19:57 SYR Bournival (3), (Lynch, Cirelli)(EN)

Ingram, Jason Akeson, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

After a healthy dose of one goal losses, the Crunch finally picked themselves off the mat against the 0-6-0 Thunderbirds. Is the win impressive given the quality of opponent? Who cares. It was necessary, and the team got it.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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