After allowing the first goal late in the opening frame, the Syracuse Crunch fired back.
Mike Angelidis tied the score to start the annual teddy bear toss early in the second, Syracuse netted three goals in the third period, and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 29 saves, as the Crunch beat the Hershey Bears, 4-1, to win their fifth straight at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
For Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler, the big third period came down to the team creating traffic in front of Hershey netminder Philipp Grubauer.
"The bottom line was I thought we had a lot of chances -- especially in the first and second period -- but I thought (Grubauer) saw everything," Zettler said. "That goal, that power play goal, Joel Vermin was right in front of him, it went off of him and he didn't see it."
Vasilevskiy's rampage continues.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. He finally saw his shutout streak snapped, but his performance tonight raised his season save percentage to .918 and lowered his GAA to 2.34. He's allowed 1 or fewer goals in each of his last 4 starts and won 7 of his last 8 starts. He has the potential to elevate Syracuse from a playoff contender to a championship contender.
HER Galiev, (8) (Carrick, Kennedy), 15:48 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (9) (Ikonen, Blunden), 4:13
SYR Vermin, (7) (Blujus, Koekkoek), 15:03 (PP)
SYR Smith, (7) (Namestnikov, Marchessault), 16:19
SYR Ikonen, (2) , 19:25 (EN)
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 26 shots he faced for his second straight shutout. He's now 7-3-3 with 2 SO, a 2.44 GAA, and a .914 sv%. He's given up a whopping 1 goal in his last 3 starts, and with Gudlevskis struggling Andrei now appears to clearly be the #1 goaltender in Syracuse.
SYR Nesterov, (3) (Angelidis, Namestnikov), 18:01
SYR Blunden, (3) , 19:13 (EN)
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Vlad Namestnikov took less than one minute to show up on the scoresheet in his return to Syracuse.
The center, assigned to the Crunch last week to get more ice time after initially making the Tampa Bay Lightning out of training camp, scored a power play goal 59 seconds into his first game back and finished with two goals and three assists in a pair of weekend wins for the Crunch.
Namestnikov understands the reasons for being sent back to the American Hockey League, and is continuing to work on improving his game to return to the Lightning.
“I’m trying to stay positive,” Namestnikov said. “If I keep working and keep improving, I think good things will happen.”
The Syracuse Crunch gave Andei Vasilevskiy little room for error.
Jerome Samson put the Crunch ahead 17 minutes into the game and the score remained the same until the final minute, when Vladislav Namestnikov sealed the win with an empty-netter. Vasilevskiy finished with 34 saves for his first American Hockey League shutout in a 2-0 win over the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"Very hard game, because if you make a mistake, it's a tie game and it's very hard," Vasilevskiy said.