Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 3-1-14 Phantoms at Crunch

Surging Syracuse outlasts Adirondack.

ADK-4
SYR-5 (OT)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 36 shots, but got the OT victory.

First Period
SYR Tyrell, (8) (Richard), 7:25
ADK Cousins, (6) (Flanagan, Holmstrom), 17:28 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Paradis, (2) (Labrie, Angelidis), 11:29
SYR Tyrell, (9) (Richard, Panik), 14:58
SYR DiSalvatore, (9) (Connolly, Paquette), 15:16

Third Period
ADK Flanagan, (5) (Alderson, Alt), 8:43 (PP)
ADK Alt, (3) (Lauridsen, Bordson), 17:10
ADK McGinn, (17) (Gervais, Manning), 18:01

Overtime
SYR Panik, (3) (DiSalvatore, Taormina), 1:37 (PP)

Richard Panik and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and second stars. Tonight was Panik's third straight multi-point game and he has 2 goals and 8 points over those three games. Simply put: we're starting to see the dominant version of Richard Panik re-emerge. Tanner Richard also posted back-to-back multi-point nights for the first time in his pro career.

The victory moves the Crunch back to just 1 game under the .500 mark. Unfortunately, they're 13 points out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference, as of this posting. But, if they continue to extend this 5 game streak of games where they've gotten points, who knows, they might just make this thing a little interesting before all is said and done. Tomorrow they face Adirondack again with the planned starter being Anders Lindback before he completes his conditioning stint and returns to the Lightning.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lindback Registers Shutout, Crunch Beat Penguins 4-0


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The first tests for Anders Lindback came just moments after the puck dropped.

The Tampa Bay Lightning netminder, sent to Syracuse for a weekend conditioning assignment, made a few crucial saves in the opening minutes. Once he had time to settle in, Lindback stopped a steady stream of shots in his first game since Jan. 30.

"I got a couple of good shots early on, and they came pretty hard," Lindback said. "Then it was continuous the whole game, it was an even pace, which is what you prefer."

Lindback registered a 30-save shutout in his Crunch debut, as Syracuse won its third-straight by topping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"He's huge. He takes up a lot of the net," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler of the 6-6 Swede, who is expected to make another start Sunday. "Just him going down in the butterfly takes up a lot of net. They've got to make a great shot to beat him."

AHL Game Night: 2-28-14 Penguins at Crunch

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton gets Lindbacked!

WBS-0
SYR-4

Anders Lindback stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout victory. I guess the ankle is feeling better.

First Period
SYR Richard, (2) (Panik, Tyrell), 2:02
SYR Taormina, (5) (Panik, Richard), 19:18

Second Period
SYR Taormina, (6) (Angelidis, Paradis), 5:23
SYR Olson, (3) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 6:50

Third Period
NO SCORING

Lindback, Matt Taormina, and Dana Tyrell were the game's three stars.

Richard Panik extended his point streak to 3 games with 2 goals and 7 points over that span. Tanner Richard closed February with his second multi-point game of the month and third overall this season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Panik, New Lines Lift Crunch Past Bears, 5-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After a tough overtime loss on Friday, Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler decided to shake up his lines.

The newly formed trio of Richard Panik, Vlad Namestnikov and Dana Tyrell found instant chemistry. The trio combined for four points Saturday, and added nine points in a 5-2 win over the Hershey Bears in the AHL Showcase at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Sunday.

Syracuse, which finished the weekend with five points in three games to break a recent slump, has won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-January. For Zettler, the effort has been there, but the team hasn't seen the rewards.

"Tonight I thought, from start to finish, it might have been our best hockey game," Zettler said. "The work ethic, the smarts, how to play it. It was just really good overall."

AHL Game Night: 2-23-14 Bears at Crunch

When Panik Attacks...

HER-2
SYR-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Namestnikov, (15) (Panik, Tyrell), 19:22

Second Period
HER Taffe, (15) (Stoa, Brouillette), 1:57 (PP)
SYR Panik, (2) (Tyrell, Namestnikov), 6:16
SYR Angelidis, (9) (Labrie, Landry), 10:32
HER Deschamps, (12) (Kolomatis, Wellman), 17:30

Third Period
SYR Tyrell, (7) (Panik), 9:01
SYR DiSalvatore, (8) (Connolly, Panik), 16:38 (PP)

Richard Panik and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and second stars. The Lightning organization has been waiting 4 and a half months for Richard Panik to wake up. With 1 goal and 3 assists tonight, the young Slovakian winger may very well have finally answered the bell. Beyond that, the Crunch got contributions from all their key prospects including Namestnikov and Connolly, leading to back-to-back pastings of Hershey.

Unfortunately, it's likely too little too late for Syracuse this season. Even with the wins over the past couple of games, the team is still a full 15 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. With that said, though, getting back to .500 for the season and playing the role of the conference's most feared spoiler heading into the playoffs is definitely a reasonable objective for this group to achieve, and it would set them up well for a comeback next season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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