Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 2-6-16 Falcons at Crunch

Crunch skid hits 5 games.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Blunden, (12) (Gourde, Richard), 4:41
SPR Fournier, (6) (Selleck, P. Samuelsson), 6:35
SPR Potter, (4) (Plachta, Szwarz), 8:13

Second Period
SPR Carey, (19) (Jeffrey, P. Samuelsson), 10:46 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Lane, (4) (Gaudet), 7:10
SPR Selleck, (7) (Mauermann, Grant), 9:20
SYR Blunden, (13) (Richard), 11:40
SPR Jeffrey, (12) (P. Samuelsson), 17:07 (EN)
SYR Angelidis, (5) (DeAngelo), 17:43 (PP)

Mike Blunden was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Skid Continues With Loss to Falcons


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse opened the scoring before the five-minute mark, but the lead lasted less than two minutes.

The Falcons took advantage of multiple odd-man rushes against the Crunch to rattle off five-straight goals, as Syracuse fell to Springfield, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Crunch has lost five straight, and given up five or more goals in each of those contests.

“We’ve got to be better, that’s what it comes down to,” said Crunch captain Mike Angelidis. “We play good for 20 minutes, and then we give up an odd-man rush here and there. You can’t be doing that all night.”

Crunch Battle Back Twice, But Fall to Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite controlling the play for long stretches, Syracuse kept digging out of holes created by defensive lapses.

The Crunch battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits but the Americans’ fifth goal proved to be the difference, as Syracuse fell to Rochester, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The Crunch has dropped four straight, and earned one point in that stretch.

“I thought in the last three out of four games we should have had points,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “We got one point from Rochester last Wednesday, but Friday night we should have had points and tonight we should have had points. We scored nine goals against this team in the last two games and we came out with one point. It’s not good enough.

“The second half of the season you have to keep the puck out of your net. It comes down to good defense, and that’s all six guys on the ice.”

AHL Game Night: 2-5-16 Americans at Crunch

Crunch fail to get First Period payoff and eventually fall in a track meet.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 22 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 10 shots the rest of the way for the dreaded back door loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
RCH Carrier, (5) (Bailey, Schaller), 1:04
RCH Donovan, (7) (Varone), 7:57 (PP)
SYR Taormina, (10) (McGinn, DeAngelo), 14:31
SYR Richard, (7) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 15:58

Third Period
RCH Bailey, (8) (Carrier, Leduc), 1:03 (PP)
RCH Schaller, (8) (Carrier), 4:17
SYR Erne, (9) (Blunden), 5:25 (SH)
SYR Erne, (10) (Blunden, Gourde), 11:09 (PP)
RCH Rodrigues, (6) , 14:09

Adam Erne and Mike Blunden were the game's second and third stars.

Syracuse outshot Rochester 18-6 in the First Period, but could not get the payoff against Linus Ullmark. They ended up chasing the game for most of the rest of the night, successfully erasing a pair of 2-goal deficits before seeing the game slip away in the Third Period.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch players, North Division come up short in All-Star Challenge


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With a chance to advance to the championship game, the North Division All-Stars came up just short.

The Atlantic topped the North in the final game of the round robin portion, but ultimately lost to the Central, 4-0, in the championship game of the AHL All-Star Challenge at the Onondaga County War Memorial Monday.

In the half 4-on-4 and half 3-on-3 format nine-minute format, the North — which features three Syracuse Crunch players — beat the Pacific 1-0 in the first game, lost to the Central in the second game 4-2, and finished with a 4-1 loss to the Atlantic.

Crunch defenseman Matt Taormina also participated in last year’s all-star game, but enjoyed the new format.

“It was a bunch of fun,” Taormina said. “The skills competition was the same as last year, which was great. It was good to see some of the different guys out there. This time it was definitely a different game.”

Crunch Trio Soaks in Experience at Skills Competition


By Jeremy Houghtaling

As he rounded the final turn of the fastest skater competition, Matt Taormina’s grin nearly went ear-to-ear.

For Taormina and Syracuse Crunch teammates Kristers Gudlevskis and Mike Angelidis, the AHL All-Star Skills Competition was all about having a good time with the best players in the league. The Western Conference used the final breakaway relay to pull out a 19-14 win over the East at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday, but the score didn’t matter after the final horn.

“Overall, it was nice to see some of the guys outside of a competition and being upset with each other and battling back and forth,” Taormina said. “It was good to see everybody laugh and have a good time with a smile on their face.”

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

Oof.

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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: 1-29-16 Bears at Crunch

Bears pull away to halt Crunch point streak.

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SYR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Richard, (6) (Blunden, Gourde), 1:01
SYR Erne, (8) (Blunden, Richard), 5:55 (PP)
HER Boyd, (10) (Carey, Gomez), 6:26 (PP)

Second Period
HER O'Brien, (3) , 1:01
HER Mitchell, (8) (Carrick), 5:08
SYR Gourde, (7) (Martindale, Witkowski), 8:48 (SH)
HER Gazley, (10) (Djoos, Camper), 11:10

Third Period
HER Collins, (10) , 18:55 (EN/SH)

Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard were the game's second and third stars. Richard's multi-point night puts him at 5 goals and 13 points in 13 games for the month of January. Richard had just 1 goal and 15 points this season prior to the new year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Quick Start Not Enough in Loss to Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The first six minutes was all Syracuse.

The Crunch netted a pair of goals in the first 5:55 but the Bears roared back for the next three goals and emerged with the win, as Syracuse fell to Hershey, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The loss snaps the Crunch’s five-game point streak.

“We had a really good start,” said Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler. “(There was) a lull in the second half of the first period and they had some O zone time, but they didn’t have a ton of chances. I thought we had the better chances overall, and carried the play a lot through the third period and the second half of the second period. We had some unfortunate bounces … A little bit of clean-up, but overall I didn’t mind our game.”

Crunch Trio Ready for AHL All-Star Challenge


By Jeremy Houghtaling

While players certainly don’t look past games, there’s certainly events they look forward to.

The Syracuse Crunch’s weekend begins just like any other with a home-and-home against the Hershey Bears. But on Sunday, Syracuse welcomes representatives from all over the American Hockey League for the annual skills competition with the AHL All-Star Challenge set to follow on Monday night.

“It’s a tremendous experience,” said Crunch defenseman Matt Taormina. “I was fortunate to do it last year and experience how it was. The skills competition is an unbelievable time. You go out there, joke with the guys, have fun, and mess around. You get to know the guys a little better too, since we’re always enemies out on the ice.”

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