Gudlevskis, Kristers

AHL Game Night: 1-30-16 Crunch at Bears

Oof.

SYR-1
HER-5

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals in 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Yogan, (2) (Ikonen), 15:57
HER Walker, (9) (Barber, Ness), 18:09

Second Period
HER Camper, (6) (Gazley, Carey), 14:58
HER Barber, (9) (Gomez, Bowey), 18:39

Third Period
HER Barber, (10) (Boyd, Gomez), 1:01 (PP)
HER Barber, (11) (Carrick, Bourque), 19:35 (EN)

PTO signee Andrew Yogan tallied a goal in his first game with the Crunch. It was pretty much all downhill from there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-16 Crunch at Americans

80's night in Rochester.

SYR-5
RCH-6 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 6 goals on 27 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR Taormina, (9) (Gourde, DeAngelo), 0:42
RCH Donovan, (5) (Varone, Catenacci), 11:48

Second Period
SYR Blunden, (10) (Tambellini, Angelidis), 1:06
RCH Schaller, (6) (Bailey, Leduc), 8:36
SYR Blunden, (11) (Richard, Gourde), 10:01
SYR Gourde, (6) (Blunden), 10:20
RCH Varone, (11) (Rodrigues, Carrier), 10:58

Third Period
RCH Donovan, (6) (O'Reilly, Varone), 1:23 (PP)
SYR Hart, (2) (Walcott, Blujus), 4:09
RCH D'Amigo, (7) (Rodrigues, O'Reilly), 15:37 (PP)

Overtime
RCH Varone, (12) (Catenacci, Robak), 1:46

Mike Blunden was the game's third star.

Syracuse moves into a tie for third place in the North Division with the point.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-20-16 Crunch at Marlies

Allan Walsh publicity stunt postponed for a short time for a hockey game.

SYR-4
TOR-5 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 44 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR Blunden, (9) (Erne, Taormina), 12:25 (PP)
TOR Loov, (1) (Brennan, Arcobello), 18:29

Second Period
SYR Darcy, (3) (Paradis, Witkowski), 19:13

Third Period
TOR Arcobello, (13) (Leipsic, Kapanen), 5:22
SYR Richard, (5) (Gourde, Blunden), 5:59
SYR DeAngelo, (4) (Gourde, Richard), 6:39
TOR Hyman, (8) (Baier, Soshnikov), 10:47
TOR Arcobello, (14) (Morin), 18:33

Overtime
TOR Leipsic, (12) (R. Rupert), 1:22

Tanner Richard was the game's third star.

Prior to the game the Tampa Bay Lightning suspended Jonathan Drouin for failure to join the Crunch for tonight's game. Drouin's agent issued a statement claiming that the Lightning had told his client that a trade was imminent and that the agent and the player had made the decision to forego further games in the AHL to avoid the risk of injury prior to any trade. The tell in this situation is that the Crunch are playing Toronto tonight, which makes the decision by Drouin and his agent look like a very transparent attempt to create a media feeding frenzy in one of the two biggest media markets in Canada in order to force Steve Yzerman's hand.

If a trade were close at hand, though, Drouin and Walsh have almost certainly jeopardized it with this stunt. The move is clearly an orchestrated effort to hurt the organization while Drouin also, point blank, gave up on his teammates in both Tampa Bay and Syracuse in the process. Any GM worth their salt will now view Drouin and his baggage (Walsh) with an even more jaundiced eye, harming his value and putting Yzerman in a difficult position. Drouin's trade value may be depressed in the short term by this stunt, perhaps making the prudent course for the Lightning to stand pat and force Drouin to report back to Syracuse, which would also send the correct message in terms of organizational discipline. But, do the Lightning really want a player who has put self interest above the good of his team and organization in such a public display in the locker room in Syracuse, even if Drouin could be forced to show up?

Rock, meet hard place.

Fortunately, there is some short term pressure relief in Tampa Bay due to the team's current rise in the standings. Given the team looks resurgent without Drouin, there is less urgency to leverage the player as an asset to help the club up top. So perhaps an extended hiatus for Drouin might not be the worst thing in the world at this moment. In the end, Drouin and Walsh's tantrums aside, the Lightning still hold all the cards in this situation, and they can certainly wait this situation out as long as they please.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1-18-16 Crunch at Americans

Crunch Brolldoze to a MLK Day win.

SYR-2
RCH-1

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Erne, (7) (Gudlevskis), 1:23

Third Period
SYR Broll, (2) (Ikonen), 2:45
RCH Bailey, (6) (Ellis, Austin), 4:09

Gudlevskis and David Broll were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse is 5-3-2 in their last 10, which closely corresponds to the beginning of Drouinsanity.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-15-16 Comets at Crunch

Drouinsanity hits 4 games without a point.

UTI-3
SYR-1

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
UTI Marino, (1) (Gaunce, Friesen), 2:01
UTI Zalewski, (8) (Bancks, Shinkaruk), 10:42

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
UTI Gaunce, (10) (Friesen), 3:09
SYR Blunden, (7) (Richard, McGinn), 18:54

Syracuse drops to 5th in the North Division with the loss.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-13-16 Crunch at Senators

Road point for Syracuse.

SYR-3
BNG-4 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (4) (Taormina, DeAngelo), 6:46
BNG Puempel, (13) (Dzingel), 17:08

Second Period
SYR Richard, (3) (Angelidis, Dotchin), 2:04
BNG Paul, (4) (Lindberg, Mullen), 8:43 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Robinson, (8) (O'Dell), 12:16
SYR Paradis, (5) (Taormina, Richard), 15:02

Overtime
BNG Dzingel, (9) (O'Dell, Kostka), 1:36

Mike Angelidis was the game's third star.

That's three consecutive nights of Drouinsanity where its namesake has failed to find the scoresheet. Tanner Richard, however, has 2 goals and 5 points in the last 3 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-10-16 Crunch at Americans

Drouinsanity weekend ends with Syracuse collecting 4 of 6 points.

SYR-2
RCH-1

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, and was likely the margin in the contest today. He left the game Friday after feeling ill, but evidently got enough Vitamin C in the time between then and tonight.

First Period
SYR Tambellini, (16) (Peca), 1:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Ikonen, (2) (Peca, Taormina), 2:27
RCH Akeson, (7) (Leduc, Pysyk), 9:44 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

It was a quiet night for Drouin as Syracuse, in general, struggled a bit offensively. They were outshot 29-22 on the night, but still pulled out the win.

The win allowed Syracuse to move up into 4th in the North Division, leapfrogging over both Rochester and the Utica Comets.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-8-16 Crunch at Devils

Third Period collapse tarnished night one of Drouinmania for Syracuse.

SYR-4
ALB-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 10 shots in the First Period before giving way to Adam Wilcox who allowed 3 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

First Period
ALB Sislo, (14) (Lorito, Blandisi), 10:27 (PP)
SYR Drouin, (1) (Walcott), 12:08
ALB Tropp, (9) (Boucher), 14:12
SYR Drouin, (2) (Gourde, Blunden), 19:17

Second Period
ALB Pelley, (3) (Thomson, Scarlett), 8:44
SYR Tambellini, (13) (Taormina, McGinn), 10:39

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (14) (McGinn, Taormina), 5:14
ALB Sislo, (15) (Scarlett, Blandisi), 12:49 (PP)
ALB Lorito, (8) , 13:53
ALB Boucher, (13) (Sislo, Blandisi), 19:25 (EN)

Jeff Tambellini was the game's third star.

Jonathan Drouin had 2 goals and a team high 5 shots on goal in his season debut for the Crunch.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Gudlevskis Eager to Start After Stint With Lightning


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Kristers Gudlevskis did his best to stay calm and stick to his game plan.

Sent back to the Syracuse Crunch after spending more than two weeks as the backup goaltender with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 23-year-old was eager to return to the net last weekend. Gudlevskis made 35 saves in each game -- one of which went to overtime -- as the Crunch dropped a pair of games to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday and Sunday 3-2.

“At one point, if you don’t play that much, you become really hungry for those game,” Gudlevskis said. “You just wait for when you’re going to get in. At that point, it’s even better. You become really hungry to jump in games.”

AHL Game Day: 1-3-16 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch at least get a point out of Toronto.

SYR-2
TOR-3 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss. Even in defeat, that's another strong effort by Gudlevskis, who continues to show improved consistency this season.

First Period
TOR Hyman, (7) (Bailey, Brennan), 3:50
SYR Erne, (5) (Tambellini, Taormina), 15:27 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
TOR Brennan, (13) (Soshnikov), 1:12 (PP)
SYR Taormina, (7) (Richard, Blunden), 17:27

Overtime
TOR Panik, (9) (Leivo, Brennan), 3:30

Matt Taormina was the game's second star.

I'm not a big believer in moral victories, but to have two very competitive games in the barn of the league's best team is a positive for Syracuse. We'll see what they get out of Jonathan Drouin after he reports to the team in Tuesday. There's a window here for the Crunch to make a little run, and I hope they get a mad as hell Drouin at the center of that little run.

Adam Erne has 3 goals in his last 3 games. Part of me is incredibly interested to see what Erne could do on the end of some Drouin setups as a duo for now and into the future in the NHL.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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