Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 4-8-18 Devils at Crunch

Penalty trouble costs the Crunch.

BNG-4
SYR-2

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
14:53 BNG Bertschy (14), (MacDonald, Kapla)(PP)
16:51 SYR Bourke (1), (Lipanov, Verhaeghe)
17:03 BNG Kennedy (4), (Latta, Rooney)

Second Period
17:27 BNG Seney (2), (Bertschy, MacDonald)(PP)

Third Period
11:58 BNG Mandat (3), (Thomson, Baddock)
18:57 SYR Peca (12), (Cernak, Condra)(PP)

Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Edge Comets in Possible Playoff Preview


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets could see a lot more of each other when the postseason starts in two weeks.

Erik Condra scored the lone goal and Eddie Pasquale made 26 saves for the shutout, as the Crunch topped the Comets, 1-0, in what could be a preview of the first round of the playoffs at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Syracuse is No. 2 in the North Division, while Utica is battling for the No. 3 spot with Rochester.

“It’s a playoff game, and they’re probably going to be our first round matchup,” Pasquale said. “It seems like every time we play them it’s a low scoring game with a lot of penalties, a lot of extra stuff after the whistle. It’s that playoff environment and that’s the way it is.”

AHL Game Night: 4-7-18 Comets at Crunch

Pasquale outlasts the Comets.

UTI-0
SYR-1

Eddie Pasquale stopped all 26 shots he faced for the SO victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
14:55 SYR Condra (9), (Peca, Stephens)(PP)

Pasquale and Erik Condra were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-6-18 Crunch at Devils

Shootout loss officially locks Syracuse into the second seed in their division.

SYR-3
BNG-4 (SO)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 39 shots before allowing 3 of 5 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
10:41 SYR Foote (1), (Volkov, Bodie)
15:38 SYR Dumont (5), (Cernak, Joseph)(PP)

Second Period
2:39 BNG Pietila (11), (Lappin, Bertschy)(PP)
19:57 BNG Seney (1), (Lappin, Pietila)(PP)

Third Period
4:05 SYR Verhaeghe (16), (Peca, Volkov)
6:59 BNG Rooney (13), (Lappin)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Stephens, Verhaeghe
BNG- Pietila, McLeod, Walman

Cal Foote was the game's second star after scoring on the very first shot of his pro career. Efficient.

Toronto clinched the North Division and the best record in the AHL tonight with the outcomes of the various games of the night. Syracuse therefore will finish second in the North Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Foote Impresses at First Crunch Practice


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Cal Foote got the full experience during his first day as a pro.

The new Syracuse Crunch defenseman was a part of the team's picture day before practice, and after he needed signed a slew of jerseys, sticks and other promotional items.

On the ice, he went through a full team practice and then was a part of a small group held afterward for extra conditioning drills.

Although it's not set when Foote will make his pro debut, Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx was impressed with the 19-year-old on day one.

"I like his calm out there. He seems to me that he looks like an old pro," Groulx said. "I like that."

AHL Game Night: 3-31-18 Checkers at Crunch

Checkers put abrupt end to Crunch win streak.

CHA-4
SYR-1

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss.

First Period
7:56 CHA Carrick (9), (Poturalski, McKegg)

Second Period
13:08 CHA McKegg (12), (Poturalski, Saarela)

Third Period
1:39 CHA McKegg (13), (Saarela, Poturalski)
6:23 SYR Archambault (12), (Condra, Peca)(PP)
18:37 CHA Saarela (24), (unassisted)(EN)

Ingram was the game's third star despite being victimized for 2 goals and 1 assist by ex-Lightning legend Greg McKegg. The betrayal cuts deep.

The Crunch are now off until Friday, when I suspect the game will be a-Foote in Bingo against the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Win Streak Snapped By Checkers


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch couldn’t overcome their slow start.

The Checkers controlled play throughout most of the first period and the Crunch trailed by two heading into the final frame. Syracuse rallied in the third, but Charlotte held on for a 4-1 victory at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The loss snaps the Crunch’s seven game win streak.

“It’s two teams that are playing playoff style hockey right now,” Crunch captain Erik Condra said. “They gave us a little bit of a wake-up (call) in the first and second period with their speed, and we came out and it was too little, too late in the end.”

AHL Game Night: 3-30-18 Senators at Crunch

Alexander's greatness puts red hot Crunch over Belleville.

BEL-1
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:19 BEL Leier (2), (Paul)
5:57 SYR Volkov (20), (Dumont, Gallant)

Second Period
10:08 SYR Volkov (21), (Joseph, Thomas)

Third Period
3:16 SYR Joseph (15), (Dumont)
16:12 SYR Lynch (14), (Lipanov, Verhaeghe)

Alexander Volkov, Pasquale, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars. Volkov becomes the first Crunch player to clear 20 goals this season, which is quite the rookie campaign for a 2nd round pick who didn't have a huge body of work coming into this season. He's definitely justified the love of the Lightning scouts.

Syracuse is 8-0-0-1 in their last nine games and, oh by the way, the game's about to be a-Foote.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Score Four Unanswered Goals to Roll Past Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch continue to roll down the homestretch.

Alexander Volkov scored two of the Crunch’s four unanswered goals, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

Syracuse has won seven straight and has points in 16 of its last 17 games.

“Especially this time of the year heading into the playoffs, you want to get on a roll,” Crunch forward Kevin Lynch said. “It’s easy for teams who are doing as well as we are to take their foot off the gas a little bit. I think (Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx) does a great job keeping us humble and not complacent.”

AHL Game Night: 3-28-18 Devils at Crunch

Red hot Crunch throttle Bingo.

BNG-1
SYR-5

Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 35 shots for the victory. Ingram is now 10 games over .500 on the campaign and is boasting a stout .913 save percentage all of a sudden.

First Period
6:47 SYR Verhaeghe (14), (Cernak, Archambault)(PP)
9:28 SYR Archambault (11), (Lynch, Joseph)
19:59 SYR Verhaeghe (15), (Dumont, Joseph)(PP)

Second Period
5:30 BNG Santini (2), (Seney, Quenneville)

Third Period
8:09 SYR Volkov (19), (Joseph)
10:59 SYR Lynch (13), (Lipanov)

Carter Verhaeghe, Matieu Joseph, and Kevin Lynch were the game's three stars. The game also featured the first point of Alexey Lipanov's AHL career with his helper on a Lynch goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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