We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for March 4 is … Ondrej Palat, W, Syracuse (AHL – USA).
Ondrej Palat liked being Prospect of the Week so much he did it again.
The Syracuse Crunch winger had his first career hat trick this past week, scoring three goals on Tuesday against Rochester. He was named first star for the Crunch in their 4-1 win. After a scoreless game against Albany on Friday, Palat had a power play goal in Syracuse’s overtime loss on Saturday.
Late game meltdown.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on just 19 shots. Ouch.
HER DiSalvatore, (15) (Taffe, Almeida), 6:53
SYR Wilson, (5) (Jacques, Namestnikov), 8:47
SYR Johnson, (29) (Panik, Barberio), 19:25
SYR Oberg, (1) (Panik, Taormina), 1:43
HER Taffe, (14) (Oleksy, Carman), 10:42
HER Taffe, (15) (Carman, Schilling), 16:33
HER Schilling, (6) (Taffe, DiSalvatore), 11:16
HER Wellman, (11) (Oleksy, McNeill), 14:47
Ondrej Palat did not dress for the Crunch, fueling speculation he may be on his way up to the show.
Syracuse outshot Hershey 33-19, but still got belted on the scoreboard. Rotton bad weekend for Syracuse. They face Toronto on Wednesday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch could have blamed it on bad luck.
In a game filled with shots ringing off the posts and pucks sliding through the Rochester Americans' crease, the Crunch could have made plenty of excuses after the 2-1 overtime loss Saturday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
"There's a few posts and a few shots that popped up on us or whatever, but the bottom line is we didn't bear down when we had the chance," said Crunch forward Tyler Johnson. "They did."
All of a sudden, Syracuse is struggling to win close games too.
Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the overtime loss.
RCH Mancari, (17) (McCormick, Rissmiller), 10:25 (PP)
SYR Palat, (11) (Barberio, Gudas), 1:28 (PP)
RCH McNabb, (5) (Mancari, Adam), 4:50 (PP)
Ondrej Palat was the game's second star. Palat has 5 goals and 13 points in his last 8 games. I believe that technically qualifies as "on fire". With Benoit Pouliot possibly hurt in today's game against Boston, I wonder if Palat might be worthy of some consideration for a cup of coffee.
Syracuse finishes their weekend tomorrow against Hershey.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Despite controlling the play for the first 40 minutes, the Syracuse Crunch entered the third period in a scoreless tie.
The Crunch led the Albany Devils in shots, 26-11, and rang several shots off the pipes behind netminder Jeff Frazee, but were unable to land the proverbial knockout blow.
Albany countered with a pair of goals one minute apart in the third to upend Syracuse, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday night. The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for the Crunch, who still pace the Eastern Conference with 74 points.
"I thought we played well enough to win, but we had a few mistakes that cost us," said Syracuse forward Brett Connolly. "That was the difference in the game."