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AHL Game Day: 2-5-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch can't parlay the false hope goal into real hope.

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TOR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
9:44 TOR Froese (18), (Griffith, Rychel)(PP)

Second Period
19:23 TOR Froese (19), (Campbell, Johnsson)

Third Period
6:42 TOR Rychel (9), (Dermott, Froese)(PP)
13:10 SYR Richard (12), (Conacher, Condra)(PP)
14:52 SYR Comrie (6), (Taormina, Conacher)

Tanner Richard was the game's third star.

A three goal deficit in the Third Period of a pro hockey is just a death sentence 99% of the time. You'll see teams get that "false hope goal" to pull within one, but they rarely have enough gas to get the equalizer. It happened again to Syracuse today. They managed to get the false hope goal with a good 5+ minutes to go, but just couldn't find the equalizer. That's why you need timely goaltending and goal scoring to stay within 2 and give yourself a chance, because it's doom if you get down by 3.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-4-17 Crunch at Marlies

No problem scoring goals for Conacher, Crunch.

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TOR-3

Adam Wilcox made a stout 37 saves on 40 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:47 SYR Conacher (8), (Thomas)
3:17 SYR Richard (11), (Ikonen, Hart)
9:17 TOR Timashov (7), (Wrenn)
19:28 TOR Moore (5), (Griffith, Dermott)

Second Period
0:42 SYR Halmo (13), (Condra)
17:15 TOR Moore (6), (Griffith, Timashov)(PP)

Third Period
6:13 SYR Conacher (9), (Halmo)
12:57 SYR Lynch (1), (Conacher, Halmo)

Cory Conacher and Mike Halmo were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse seized, for the moment, a 1 point lead over Albany for the top spot on the North Division standings. Albany plays Binghamton later tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-28-17

HPK 3 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-4-6, -8, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was 43% on 14 draws in 11:46 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 loss to HPK. Ex-NHL'er Niko Kapanen scored the game winning goal for HPK.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-17 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Crunch hold of a furious rally... barely.

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SPR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:37 SYR Conacher (7), (Vermin, Gourde)

Second Period
11:27 SYR Brodeur (2), (Morin, Ikonen)

Third Period
5:43 SYR Ikonen (2), (Conacher, Koekkoek)
11:21 SYR Gourde (15), (unassisted)(SH)
13:53 SPR Hawryluk (3), (Acolatse, Sutter)(PP)
15:08 SPR Rau (5), (Weegar, Berra)(PP)
18:28 SPR Sutter (4), (Acolatse, Rau)

Henri Ikonen and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars. Ikonen? I'll take unlikely heroes for $500, Alex.

When you have a 4-0 lead in the Third Period, you really shouldn't allow the opposition to get as close as the old false hope goal. Fortunately, with the win, Syracuse maintained position 1 point back of Albany for the division lead with a game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lightning Deal Nesterov to Montreal for Prospect, Pick

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Jonathan Racine, along with a sixth-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Nikita Nesterov, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Racine, 23, has played in one NHL game, that coming during the 2013-14 season while a member of the Florida Panthers. He was traded from the Panthers to Montreal prior to the start of this season and has played 26 games for the St. John’s IceCaps, the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate. Racine has three assists and ranks fourth on the team and first among IceCaps’ defensemen for penalty minutes with 58.

The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Racine was originally a third round draft pick, 87th overall, of the Florida Panthers at the 2011 NHL Draft

AHL Game Night: 1-25-16 Crunch at Penguins

Another strong effort against the East's top team fails to yield the full two points.

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WBS-3 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
13:26 SYR Vermin (8), (Conacher, Gourde)

Second Period
4:15 WBS Kostopoulos (14), (Blueger)
6:30 WBS Porter (7), (Warsofsky, Gaunce)
9:31 SYR Comrie (4), (Hart, Ikonen)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
4:58 WBS Warsofsky (9), (unassisted)

The Crunch actually outshot the Penguins 41-29 in the contest, but couldn't bury the chance to pull out the victory.

Syracuse is 1 point back of Albany in the North Division with 1 game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-21-17 Comets at Crunch

Utica pulls away in the final 20 minutes.

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SYR-0

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:42 UTI Kunyk (6), (Nilsson, Pelletier)
10:58 UTI McEneny (4), (Bancks, Virtanen)
16:19 UTI Cassels (5), (Kunyk, Zalewski)
16:54 UTI Archibald (12), (Grenier, Valk)(EN)

Gunned down in cold blood by ex-Bolt Prospect Cody Kunyk. My my.

Syracuse managed just 20 shots on goal in the game. That simply won't get it done.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Allow Four Third Period Goals in Loss to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After 50-plus scoreless minutes, the momentum swung firmly away from the Syracuse Crunch.

The Crunch allowed a pair of goals 16 seconds apart and the Comets tacked on two more goals before the final horn, as Syracuse was blanked by Utica, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought it was a hard fought battle for two periods — I should say 50 minutes — and then they scored that goal and that quick goal right after,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It seemed to break our legs. That’s what it is. I thought we had chances earlier in the game. We had five shots from the slot, but we missed the net five times. (We) can’t score.”

AHL Game Night: 1-21-17 Senators at Crunch

Out of sync Crunch drop squeaker to Senators.

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SYR-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:40 BNG Krushelnyski (3), (Varone, Gagne)
8:08 SYR Morin (8), (Richard, Walcott)

Second Period
17:35 BNG Varone (11), (Harpur)(SH)

Third Period
10:31 BNG Varone (12), (unassisted)(SH)
17:07 SYR Gourde (14), (Conacher, Morin)
19:18 BNG McCormick (11), (Varone)(EN)

Jeremy Morin was the game's third star.

Syracuse actually outshot Binghamton 36-23 in the contest, but hockey is a frustrating sport when you have to work so much harder than your opponent to get goals. Put simply, if you allow two shorthanded goals in a game, you probably deserve to lose.

Syracuse remains in a tie with Albany atop the North Division after burning a game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Allow Two Shorthanded Goals in Loss to Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, it was a little bit of everything going wrong.

The Crunch struggled to finish on their offensive chances — including a pair of breakaways in the first period — and allowed two shorthanded goals from the Senators, as Syracuse fell to Binghamton, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I thought it was one of those nights. Nothing worked for us tonight,” Groulx said. “Our centermen got killed in the faceoff circle. Our power play didn’t do the job. Our defensemen tonight struggled to move the puck. We didn’t have much speed.”

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