Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Answer Quickly in Win Over Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Less than two minutes after the Rocket evened the score, the Crunch responded.

Olivier Archambault scored a highlight reel goal and Syracuse held off Laval for the final 9:13, as the Crunch edged the Rocket, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The win snaps Syracuse’s four-game skid.

“Great play by (Archambault). Second effort and a great goal,” Crunch head coach Groulx said. “It’s always huge when you bounce back and respond with a goal like that.”

Crunch's Rally Falls Short in Shootout Loss to Wolf Pack


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believed his team deserved a better result.

The Crunch overcame a slow start and tied the score in the third after trailing by two, but the Hartford Wolf Pack prevailed in the shootout, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“The first period we weren’t doing many things right. I don’t think we had our legs and it seemed we were sluggish a little bit. Second, like I mentioned, you take two goals like that and it’s tough to recover right away. I thought we did that in the third,” Groulx said. “We had a very good third period, good overtime and we ended up losing in a shootout.”

AHL Game Night: 2-9-18 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Crunch comeback nets a point.

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SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 15 shots before being lifted for veteran Eddie Pasquale. Pasquale stopped all 6 shots he faced before allowing two of three to convert in the penalty shot session.

First Period
10:23 HFD Tambellini (10), (unassisted)

Second Period
1:04 SYR Volkov (14), (Archambault, Cirelli)
1:14 HFD Chytil (9), (Schneider)
7:03 HFD Gropp (10), (Chytil, Sproul)
19:43 SYR Stephens (17), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)

Third Period
8:00 SYR Joseph (9), (Verhaeghe, Thomas)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HFD- Tambellini, Gropp
SYR- Verhaeghe

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

This was Pasquale's second appearance for Syracuse after making a brief 12 second appearance against Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Stephens Shining on Crunch's Scoring Lines


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, Mitchell Stephens may have been on the fourth line, but he wasn't a fourth-liner.

With a glut of healthy forwards and Tampa Bay not calling for reinforcements early this season, Groulx had the rookie center the team's fourth line. Once the inevitable injuries happened, Stephens earned more time on the Crunch's scoring lines.

With a point in 12 of the last 15 games, Stephens has become one of Syracuse's most consistent contributors offensively.

"I remember sitting down with him at one point and telling him that we had no injuries, no call-ups, and it's not because he was playing on the fourth line that we saw him as a fourth liner. ... We had four healthy lines and those lines were made in order to have the team balance," Groulx said. "We didn't see him as a defensive player. I think he needed those 10 games to get more confident and feel the water a little bit to see what it's like to play in this league. Then he started scoring and putting up points. He hasn't stopped since then."

AHL Game Night: 2-3-18 Comets at Crunch

Crunch lose a squeaker to Comets.

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SYR-2

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
17:14 SYR Archambault (4), (Yan, Condra)

Second Period
15:34 SYR Volkov (13), (McNeill, McBain)
18:39 UTI Holm (10), (Boucher, Chaput)
18:55 UTI Blujus (4), (Archibald, D'Aoust)

Third Period
9:12 UTI Holm (11), (Archibald, Goldobin)(PP)
18:44 UTI Hamilton (3), (Holm, D'Aoust)(EN)

Alexander Volkov was the game's second star.

The Crunch fell despite building a 2-0 lead with less than 15 minutes left to go in the game and ultimately outshooting Utica 36-24.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Allow Four Unanswered Goals in Loss to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch's effort early was erased by the Utica Comets’ four unanswered goals.

The Crunch allowed two goals in a 16 second span late in the second period to tie the score and the Comets scored the eventual game-winner on the power play in the third, as Syracuse fell to Utica, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I think we’ve got to be pleased with the way we played for 29 minutes,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Then they had that bad goal late in the … second and then they made a good play and scored the second goal. The game changed and then we had some chances. I thought (Comets goalie Richard) Bachman was the best player for them tonight. He made some great stops and then they were very opportunistic scoring on that power play.

“They’re a good team. We were a good team tonight. We’ve got to be pleased with what we accomplished tonight, but obviously it wasn’t enough.”

AHL Game Night: 2-2-18 Crunch at Comets

Et tu, Blujus?

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UTI-3

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the hard luck loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:54 UTI D'Aoust (8), (Brisebois, Sifers)
6:17 UTI Goldobin (8), (Boucher, Holm)(PP)
19:13 SYR Yan (8), (Stephens)

Third Period
19:24 UTI Blujus (3), (Archibald)(PP)(EN)

Ingram was the game's third star in defeat.

Syracuse's recent offensive struggles may be painting us all a picture of just how important Peca and Bournival were to the lineup.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-18 Marlies at Crunch

Johnsson's natural hat trick sinks Crunch.

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SYR-2

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:57 TOR Mueller (9), (Moore, Rychel)(PP)
16:05 SYR Cirelli (9), (Joseph, Archambault)

Second Period
6:23 TOR Johnsson (18), (Valiev)
10:14 TOR Johnsson (19), (Kapanen, Holl)
13:44 TOR Johnsson (20), (Kapanen, Holl)

Third Period
19:04 SYR Volkov (12), (Stephens, McBain)

If you're looking for silver linings, Anthony Cirelli maintained a five game point streak since returning to the lineup from injury.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Overwhelmed in Loss to Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch were overwhelmed by the top team in the AHL.

The Crunch evened the score late in the first period but the Marlies’ Andreas Johnsson netted a natural hat trick in the second, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Marlies now have earned a point in 11 straight games.

“They were, again tonight, the best team by far,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought (goalie Louis Domingue) kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win, but obviously not good enough.”

Rookies Lead the Way in Crunch's Win Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s lineup was filled with rookies and call-ups.

Nine players are in their first year in the pros, and six have spent time in the ECHL this season.

Syracuse still kept rolling.

The youth led the way with rookies combining for eight of the Crunch’s 13 points, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I think a lot of the rookies have the traits you need to be successful in pro hockey,” Crunch defenseman Mat Bodie said. “We transitioned to a speed game and we have a lot of guys that can really fly, so once they start playing with confidence — which they are now — it’s paying dividends for all of us here.”

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