Namestnikov, Vladislav

AHL Game Night: 1-17-13 Bears at Crunch

Crunch on the comeback trail.

HER-2
SYR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the victory. It says something about how well he's performed this season that a +.900 sv% and a win is still a bit subpar by his standards, stat-wise.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (5) (Richard, Neilson), 9:30
HER Genoway, (2) (Segal), 17:36

Second Period
SYR Namestnikov, (12) (Korobov, Witkowski), 2:38 (SH)
SYR DiSalvatore, (2) (Richard, Rankin), 11:12

Third Period
HER Latta, (4) (Genoway, Taffe), 5:32

Mike Angelidis, Tanner Richard, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars. Of note: tonight was Richard's first multi-point game of the season (all assists, naturally). As a junior, he couldn't look in the general direction of a rink without getting a couple of helpers. Hopefully this is a sign Tanner is going to have a big stretch run for the Crunch.

Syracuse has gotten points out of each of their last 6 games, going 4-0-2 in that span. They jumped over the Bears in the standings with the win tonight and are now 3 points back of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. So, as it stands right now, this retooled and suddenly much healthier Syracuse club looks poised to make a serious climb in the East. They'll look to keep momentum tomorrow night against Binghamton.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-3-14 Crunch at Marlies

Syracuse starts to look like Syracuse again.

SYR-6
TOR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the victory.

First Period
TOR Ashton, (10) , 14:24 (SH)

Second Period
TOR Crescenzi, (1) (Bodie, Holzer), 5:03
SYR Namestnikov, (9) (Connolly, Olson), 6:00
SYR Tyrell, (4) (Labrie, Mormina), 19:55

Third Period
SYR Paquette, (9) (Tyrell), 3:06
SYR Connolly, (6) , 5:43
SYR Labrie, (1) (Paquette, Korobov), 6:39
TOR Duco, (1) (Bodie), 6:49
SYR Namestnikov, (10) (Taormina, Connolly), 9:46 (PP)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Brett Connolly were the game's first and second stars. Just what the doctor ordered. Namestnikov, playing in his second game back from the broken hand, was joined in the lineup by Pierre-Cedric Labrie to go along with previous reinforcement like Tyrell and DiSalvatore and tonight it finally started to click for the beleaguered Crunch. Now, perhaps, the road back to the playoffs can begin.

Syracuse's win squares their record at 14-14-1-3, 5 points back of Adirondack for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Crunch head to Binghamton tomorrow night trying to put together a streak.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-22-13 Crunch at Bulldogs

Rough result in Montreal.

SYR-1
HAM-4

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
HAM Blunden, (4) (Dumont, Tinordi), 15:55

Second Period
HAM Ellis, (1) (St. Pierre, Nystrom), 11:00
HAM Dumont, (1) (Blunden), 13:06

Third Period
SYR Cote, (2) (Richard, Paradis), 15:13
HAM Blunden, (5) (Ellis), 19:00 (EN)

Tonight was a special game with the Bulldogs playing in front of the big league crowd in Montreal. Between that an Dustin Tokarski's obvious motivation playing against his old organization, Hamilton had some extra juice for this one.

These two clubs square off again tomorrow night, and Syracuse should have Brett Connolly in the lineup.

Update:
Following the game Crunch GM Julien BriseBois confirmed Vladislav Namestnikov broke his hand in tonight's game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-15-13 Penguins at Crunch

Callups/blueline injuries help crush Crunch.

WBS-5
SYR-3

Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 27 shots for the loss in his first start back from injury.

First Period
WBS Despres, (3) (Mikkelson), 2:26
WBS Megna, (4) (Despres, Gibbons), 11:23
WBS Conner, (6) (Despres, Gibbons), 19:44 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Namestnikov, (8) (Kucherov, Cote), 7:29
WBS Kostopoulos, (5) (Harrington, Ebbett), 12:55
SYR Rankin, (5) (Paquette), 19:41

Third Period
WBS Gibbons, (6) (Conner, Zolnierczyk), 1:41
SYR Gauthier, (2) (Namestnikov), 10:38

Vladislav Namestnikov was the game's third star. It was kind of a perfect storm against Syracuse with Korobov up in Tampa and Taormina and Nesterov out, along with the top line auditioning a new winger with Brown up and Helenius possibly a little rusty in his first start back. Life in the minors. They'll build off the fact they won the final 40 minutes of the game 3-2. They face Albany tomorrow.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

What to Expect from J.T. Brown and Dmitry Korobov

In the wake of the rash of injuries suffered in yesterday afternoon's game in Boston, the Tampa Bay Lightning have announced they recalled RW J.T. Brown and D Dmitry Korobov from Syracuse of the AHL. Brown and Korobov are two of the team's older, more tenured prospects in the system and both will look to get an opportunity to test their progress against NHL competition. Here's what to expect from each player:

Lightning fans should be a little familiar with J.T. Brown given he had a short 5-game stint with the Lightning in the 2011-2012 campaign after signing as a free agent out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Brown has exceptional speed, above average skill, and willingness to stick his nose in on the forecheck despite possessing a slightly built frame. He looked to have a spot in Tampa Bay heading into the 2012-2013 season before the lockout and injury problems took his career track on a detour. Playing in Syracuse, Brown has since adopted to more of a two-way role playing on a checking line with Mike Angelidis in last year's deep playoff run, and in a complimentary winger's role as his alter ego, "J.T. Brownov," playing alongside Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov on the Crunch's top line so far this year. His grit and heavy shot are assets on that line. Brown's selection may mean that Alex Killorn will slide over to center and also signals that Jon Cooper may choose a more defensive-minded, two-way approach to dealing with the team's post-Stamkos injury reality.

Dmitry Korobov (pictured) will be looking to get his first taste of NHL action after signing as a free agent in the summer of 2012. Prior to joining the Lightning organization, the Belarusian Korobov gained a significant amount of experience playing for Dinamo Minsk in Russia's KHL. Last year, Korobov played on the top-two pairings for Syracuse for much of the season, and with Syracuse's youth movement along the blueline he's taken on an even greater role this year with the Crunch. Standing at 6'3" 230 lbs, Korobov's most obvious assets are his size and strength. He does not shy away from the physical game and does enjoy pursuing the big hit. He also has underrated puck-moving skills as demonstrated by the 22 points he put up with Syracuse last year to go along with a very solid +20 rating. Like Radko Gudas, Korobov is a fan of the hip-check. Korobov's weaknesses are that his skating, while adequate, sometimes suffers from sloppy footwork in his stop-starts and pivots and like any young defenseman, his decision-making sometimes isn't 100% spot-on. With the Lightning's lack of depth at this particular position, and Mark Barberio and Keith Aulie already struggling to begin with, Korobov has a golden opportunity right now to move up the depth chart quickly and make his case to stay in the NHL.

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