Katchouk, Boris

AHL Game Night: 3-15-19 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Syracuse takes the North Division lead with smooth victory over Hartford.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:07 SYR Volkov (14), (Dumont, Conacher)

Second Period
19:27 SYR Andreoff (23), (Raddysh, Colton)

Third Period
1:56 SYR Stephens (10), (Katchouk, Brassart)
11:51 HFD Fontaine (9), (Gilmour, Beleskey)(PP)
18:53 HFD Lettieri (23), (Gilmour, Gropp)

Gabriel Dumont, Taylor Raddysh, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars. Katchouk made perhaps the play of the game with a Vincent Lecavalier-esque move around the corner on the rush and a behind-the-back pass that ended up being the goal that pushed the Syracuse lead to 3-0 that he chased with a roughing call and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after starting a retaliatory scrap right after the goal. In other words, a Katchouk-ian microcosm of Katchouk-ianism. The goal gave the Crunch that all important three goal margin in the final frame. And, yes, Hartford did get the old false hope goal, but in the end the three goal lead remains a virtual death sentence for the trailing team in pro hockey.

With Rochester stubbing their toe against Charlotte, Syracuse moved one point ahead in the North Division while still holding a game in hand. Also of note: Syracuse is just a scant three points back of the Checkers for the best record in the entire AHL with both teams sitting on 14 games remaining on their schedules.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-25-19 Thunderbirds at Crunch

Rutta shines in Crunch debut.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. I think a brief rest did him a ton of good.

First Period
4:18 SYR Katchouk (7), (Dumont, Raddysh)
11:38 SYR Rutta (2), (unassisted)
16:50 SPR Greco (18), (MacDonald, Hunt)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
4:17 SYR Raddysh (12), (Katchouk, Dumont)
10:30 SYR Volkov (11), (Conacher, Brassart)
11:31 SYR Barre-Boulet (21), (Conacher, Rutta)(PP)
16:10 SYR Brassart (2), (Volkov, Pasquale)(SH)

Boris Katchouk, Pasquale, and Jan Rutta were the game's three stars. Rutta, who came over from Chicago in the Koekkoek trade, immediately got to work with 1-1-2 in his first go with the Crunch. Also of note: Connor Ingram dressed for the night's tilt. He hasn't seen game action since 12/21, so Syracuse is inching closer to having a full complement of weapons on hand to attack the second half of the campaign.

The club now sits 4 points back of Rochester for the top spot in the division with 2 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-28-18 Comets at Crunch

Catching up with the weekend... Crunch destroy their rivals.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory.

First Period
4:11 SYR Valleau (1), (Raddysh, Katchouk)
14:12 SYR Verhaeghe (12), (Raddysh, Dumont)
18:28 SYR Foote (5), (Katchouk, Raddysh)(PP)

Second Period
3:17 SYR Bourke (1), (Archambault, Yan)
12:08 SYR Verhaeghe (13), (unassisted)
14:53 UTI Arseneau (1), (Darcy, Blujus)
18:44 SYR Conacher (12), (Dumont, Raddysh)(SH)

Third Period
7:52 SYR Dumont (3), (Andreoff, Gaunce)(SH)
8:17 SYR Katchouk (5), (Raddysh, Foote)(SH)
16:02 SYR Foote (6), (Colton, Bourke)
18:32 SYR Yan (8), (Bourke, Volkov)

Taylor Raddysh, Cal Foote, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars, which had to be music to the organization's ears. These were three of the most highly touted rookies joining the pro ranks this year and now all three are really rounding the corner and producing regularly, whereas before it was seemingly just Raddysh finding the scoresheet regularly.

Considering Utica's only goal was assisted by two ex-Bolt Prospects, Cam Darcy and Dylan Blujus, it darned near was 11-0 Syracuse.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-21-18 Crunch at Devils

Surging Crunch move into a tie for second in the North Division.

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Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory, including some highlight reel variety stops in the mix.

First Period
3:33 BNG Pietila (5), (Gignac)(SH)

Second Period
9:41 SYR Verhaeghe (6), (Conacher, Barre-Boulet)(PP)
10:38 SYR Katchouk (2), (Dumont)
17:23 SYR Andreoff (8), (Conacher, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Third Period
19:06 SYR Conacher (8), (unassisted)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe and Boris Katchouk were the game's first and third stars.

The Crunch are now unbeaten in their last eight games including seven wins in that span. Those 15 points have moved Syracuse from the out house in the North Division to just five points back of leading Rochester with two games in hand on the Americans.

What I'm saying is, Ben Groulx is some kind of powerful warlock.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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