Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 11-19-16 Devils at Crunch

Gudlevskis makes good.

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Fresh off of last night's shelling, Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:34 SYR Taormina (2), (Peca, Gourde)
4:06 SYR Richard (5), (Gourde, Taormina)
8:44 ALB Gormley (1), (Novak, Straka)(PP)
14:34 ALB Quenneville (5), (Blandisi, Jacobs)(PP)

Third Period
19:58 SYR Condra (3), (Vermin, Walcott)

Erik Condra. Yanni Gourde, and Matt Taormina were the game's three stars, with Condra scoring the game winner dekeing to his backhand off the rush with less than 3 seconds left in the game.

Tanner Richard now has a 3 game goal scoring streak and a 4 game point streak.

Syracuse is now just 2 points back of St. John's for first place in the North Division with a whopping 4 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-18-16 Crunch at Bears

Crunch strafed in Hershey.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 2 goals on 4 shots the rest of the way. Simply a dreadful night for the entire team, but particularly for the netminders.

First Period
8:03 HER Vrana (8), (Bourque, Djoos)
12:34 HER Thomas (5), (Djoos, Stephenson)(PP)
14:36 HER Bourque (3), (Stephenson, Mitchell)

Second Period
0:33 SYR Richard (4), (Conacher, Taormina)

Third Period
15:49 HER Thomas (6), (O'Brien, Stephenson)(PP)
19:29 HER Bourque (4), (Djoos, Carey)(PP)

With injuries up top in Tampa Bay, there are opportunities to earn call ups on the line. So, it's disappointing to see the team start flat and get run out of the game early. It's frankly not acceptable.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Richard Looks to Improve Skating, Challenge for NHL Job


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard remembers getting the call, taking the ice for warmups, and then hitting the showers.

The Syracuse Crunch center earned his first call-up to the Tampa Bay Lightning last December, but was a healthy scratch and never saw game action. Richard is looking to change that this season.

In a system that's all about high tempo play, Richard has continued to work on his skating in order to take the next step to the NHL.

"You're so close. You can't get any closer than doing the warmups and showering while the guys are walking out getting their names called," the fourth-year pro said. "You can't get any closer than that. It left a little taste in my mouth to just make it to there so that one day I can hear my name called during the game too.

"I used that for motivation this summer. I thought I had a good summer, so hopefully this year it can happen."

Richard Records Hat Trick, Crunch Rout Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard netted his first goal of the season and the next two followed quickly.

The Crunch center rushed down on a 2-on-1, pulled up to avoid a sprawling defenseman and buried the puck over the goalie’s shoulder. Richard’s goal with 24 seconds remaining capped his first career hat trick, as Syracuse routed the Rochester Americans, 7-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“The puck was in the neutral zone and (Michael) Bournival set up a perfect trap for them, and then (Erik) Condra kind of touched it to me,” Richard said. “I wanted to go backdoor all the way — I think everyone in the building knew that — and the D-man slid to take it away, so I figured I may as well take a shot.”

AHL Game Night: 11-12-16 Americans at Crunch

Crunch put up a touchdown and an extra point.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 31 shots while drinking from the cool, clear waters of sweet, sweet goal support for the win.

First Period
2:46 SYR Peca (4), (Condra, Walcott)
12:07 RCH Geiger (1), (Nylander, Muzito-Bagenda)
17:04 SYR Richard (1), (Conacher, Gourde)

Second Period
5:09 SYR Gourde (4), (Morin, Masin)
19:00 SYR Vermin (3), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)

Third Period
9:04 RCH Muzito-Bagenda (2), (Strachan, Rodrigues)
12:28 SYR Erne (3), (Morin, Peca)
13:34 SYR Richard (2), (Conacher, Gourde)
19:36 SYR Richard (3), (Condra, Bournival)

Tanner Richard, Yanni Gourde, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars. All hail Tanner Richard, your Dark Swiss Overlord of Garbage Time Hat Tricks. After a less than stellar training camp and difficult start to the season. Richard now has points in consecutive games and hopefully will take off from here. Also good to see youngsters like Peca and Adam Erne find the scoresheet. This is a veteran dominated team, but these talented youngsters are the ones who are going to push this team over the top. Also, congratulations to defenseman Dominik Masin on his first pro point.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Syracuse Rallies in Third, But Falls to Bridgeport in Shootout


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch rallied to earn one point, but couldn’t nab the second.

The Crunch registered two goals in the final 3:51 of regulation to send the game to overtime, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers prevailed, 3-2, in a shootout at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“You can’t expect to win when you work five minutes in a game,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought our forwards didn’t compete hard tonight, they didn’t skate. It’s disappointing obviously. We left a point on the table.”

AHL Game Night: 11-11-16 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Comeback Crunch steal a point.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 25 shots before surrendering to 2 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
19:38 BRI Jones (3), (Burroughs, Jones)

Third Period
11:31 BRI Jones (2), (Burroughs, Jones)(SH)
16:09 SYR Taormina (1), (Condra, Richard)(PP)
17:09 SYR Dotchin (1), (Gourde)(SH)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
BRI- Kearns, Verhaeghe
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Gudlevskis and Ben Thomas were the game's first and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Gourde's Move to Center Has Sparked Crunch's Offense


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Yanni Gourde’s move to the middle has provided a spark for the Syracuse Crunch’s offense.

Used primarily a winger over the course of his pro career, Gourde was asked to center a line with Mike Halmo and Cory Conacher last weekend. The forward registered the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Rochester on Friday, and had the primary assist on Halmo’s go-ahead goal in a 2-1 win over Utica on Saturday.

Although there are still some aspects of center he’s looking to improve, Gourde feels comfortable in the middle.

“It is a little bit tougher, especially taking draws, but I’m working on it and I’m trying to get better,” Gourde said. “But once the puck is dropped, hockey is hockey. I know what you have to do and I do it.”

Third Period Goal Lifts Crunch Over Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For a second straight night, the Crunch’s play in the third period lifted them to victory.

Mike Halmo netted the go-ahead goal less than two minutes into the final frame and the penalty kill kept the Comets off the board the rest of the way, as Syracuse topped Utica, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“They’re a tough team to play. They’re battling hard, they’re engaged and they are tight defensively,” said Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, whose team rallied for three goals in the third period in a 3-2 win over Rochester Friday. “We had to go deep down to beat them. Big goal from (Halmo) in the third and a strong effort down low by (Yanni Gourde) and Cory (Conacher). It’s a good weekend for us and I like the way we played, especially in the third.”

AHL Game Night: 11-5-16 Crunch at Comets

Crunch get back on track with 2-0-0 weekend.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory. Very solid win for young Wilcox with only 2 goals of support to work with. Very impressive.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:16 SYR Condra (2), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
18:27 UTI Grenier (4), (Chaput, Subban)(PP)

Third Period
1:56 SYR Halmo (3), (Gourde, Conacher)

Mike Halmo, Cory Conacher, and Wilcox were the game's three stars.

This weekend ended up being about Syracuse proving they could win low scoring games with defense and goaltending. We know they have the forward depth and firepower to win a track meet, at least on paper. But, to be a really good team they must learn to keep the puck out of the back of their own net, and they went a few steps ahead in proving they can accomplish that this weekend.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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