Syracuse Crunch

Dotchin picks up where he left off after injury


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin picked up where he left off.

The rookie defenseman, who netted his first professional goal two periods before blocking a shot that injured his ankle on Dec. 5, needed little time to knock off any rust when he returned to the Syracuse Crunch lineup late last month.

Dotchin realizes the ups and downs come with the territory.

“I remember blocking that shot. It wasn’t a goal, but it felt like one to the guys and to me,” Dotchin said. “The guys were patting me on the back and what-not. It was unfortunate that I was out for that long, but it’s something I’d go down and do that for the team again, for sure.”

AHL Game Night: 2-10-15 Crunch at Flames

Whose idea was it to play a game on a Tuesday night?

SYR-0
ADK-10

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 13 shots for the loss before giving way to Allen York. Your gave up 6 on 14 the rest of the way.

First Period
ADK Reinhart, (7) (Agostino, Hanowski), 5:27
ADK Granlund, (6) (Hathaway), 10:11 (SH)

Second Period
ADK Cundari, (3) (Wotherspoon, Agostino), 2:24
ADK Shore, (11) (Cundari, Poirier), 8:00 (PP)
ADK Baertschi, (6) (Granlund, Hathaway), 11:42
ADK Baertschi, (7) (Hathaway, Cundari), 17:19

Third Period
ADK Elson, (8) (McGrattan), 8:22
ADK Agostino, (5) (Hanowski), 13:40
ADK Baertschi, (8) (Wotherspoon), 14:43
ADK Elson, (9) (McGrattan, Stevenson), 18:24

Not a whole lot you can say. Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes every bear in a 100 mile radius takes turns mauling you for 60 consecutive minutes.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Confident Despite Dropping Second Straight Game in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler still sees his team as a confident group.

The Crunch fell behind despite outshooting the Springfield Falcons 18-8 in the first period and rallied to tie the score in the third, but Syracuse ultimately lost in overtime for a second straight night, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Despite multiple lineup shuffles due to injuries and trades, the Crunch increased their point streak to seven games to maintain their lead in the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference.

"The last two games we lost in overtime, I get it," Zettler said. "We're able to scrounge a point out of it the last two games. We're still generating a lot of chances, we're just not scoring right now."

AHL Game Night: 2-7-15 Falcons at Crunch

Revenge of the Bolt Prospects alumnus...

SPR-2
SYR-1 (OT)

Allen York allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. That's a quality effort for Syracuse's new backup.

First Period
SPR Craig, (12) (Sauve, Chaput), 7:11

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (15) (Richard, Koekkoek), 12:37 (PP)

Overtime
SPR Dano, (10) (Tyrell), 4:13

York was the game's third star.

On a night where Ric Flair was in the building signing autographs, it was a WCW-esque swerve that saw Bolt Prospects Alumni Ryan Craig score Springfield's lone regulation goal and fellow Bolt Prospects Alumni Dana Tyrell assist on the OT winner. It's like when Curt Hennig sided with the nWo in the cage at Fall Brawl. No!

Syracuse holds a 1 point lead for the Eastern Conference lead and the overall AHL points lead, as of this posting.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-6-15 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Syracuse backs into the AHL's top spot.

BRI-2
SYR-1 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the OT loss. Quality start for the Yak.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BRI Graham, (3) (Conacher, Mouillierat), 7:41
SYR Namestnikov, (9) (Gourde, Smith), 8:37

Overtime
BRI Mouillierat, (16) (Graham), 3:36

Gudlevskis was the game's second star.

The point from the OTL moves Syracuse into a tie with Oklahoma City for the top spot in the AHL and moves their edge in the Eastern Conference to 2 points over Manchester.

The big news of the day, however, was the Lightning's acquisition of Carter Ashton and David Broll in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick in 2016. Ashton, of course, is a former Lightning first round pick who was shipped out of the organization in exchange for Keith Aulie (a deal we can now safely say neither team won). He's an accomplished power forward at the AHL level who should fill nicely for the injured Mike Blunden. Broll, a former 6th rounder in 2011, brings muscle, albeit not much else. He was playing for the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL prior to today's transaction.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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