Syracuse Crunch

Well-traveled Marchessault Refocuses After NHL Appearance


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jonathan Marchessault tallied up the time.

A three hour flight to Minnesota, two hours back to Boston, and another hour and a half drive to Springfield. The three-day excursion was a little more straining on his body than the usual call-up, but the Syracuse Crunch forward was happy to make his Tampa Bay Lightning debut, even if it was just one game.

"It was a helluva ride, but I think it was good for me," Marchessault said. "It was a positive to get called up."

AHL Game Day: 10-26-14 Crunch at Falcons

Weekend ends with a clunker.

SYR-1
SPR-5

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the loss. Despite the setback, he still sports a respectable .912 save percentage for the season.

First Period
SPR Madaisky, (1) (Gibbons), 0:19
SPR Collins, (1) (Gibbons, Craig), 4:00 (PP)
SPR Rychel, (2) (Sedlak, Collins), 8:32

Second Period
SPR Tynan, (1) (Labrie, Anderson), 13:32

Third Period
SYR Vermin, (2) (Blunden, Marchessault), 2:32
SPR Monardo, (5) , 7:19

Playing 3 games in less than 72 hours is hard enough. Doing so with your entire roster in flux the whole time makes it nearly impossible to have anything resembling continuity or consistency. It's a reality of minor league hockey when you have a rash of injuries up top, and that's what bit Syracuse this weekend. Mike Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault, for their parts, did assist on Syracuse's lone goal, fresh off the plane from Minnesota.

Syracuse heads home to face Binghamton on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-25-14 Crunch at Pirates

Depleted Crunch nearly steal a point.

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POR-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the loss. It was an admirable effort under the circumstances, and he gave his club a chance.

First Period
POR Rieder, (1) (Martinook), 7:23 (SH)

Second Period
POR Rieder, (2) (Bolduc), 6:53 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Kunyk, (1) (Samson, Dotchin), 8:38

Congrats to Jake Dotchin on his first pro point.

Syracuse closes the weekend at Springfield tomorrow afternoon.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-24-14 Crunch at Sharks

No Drouin? No Paquette? No problem.

SYR-3
WOR-2 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
WOR Abeltshauser, (1) (Hamilton, Trupp), 7:54 (PP)
SYR Smith, (1) (Samson), 8:27

Second Period
SYR Angelidis, (1) (Paradis), 9:54

Third Period
WOR Haley, (4) (Emanuelsson, Carpenter), 18:49

Overtime
SYR Nesterov, (1) (Marchessault), 5:08 (PP)

Nikita Nesterov and Dalton Smith were the game's first and second stars.

With J.T. Brown and Brett Connolly getting hurt in tonight's Lightning game at Winnipeg, we'll see if a forward like Marchessault or Blunden gets the call for tomorrow's game at Minnesota. The Crunch, for their part, face Portland tomorrow.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Counting on Kunyk for Offense


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Realizing it was his last chance, Cody Kunyk made a case for a contract.

Looking to continue his career past the collegiate level, Kunyk registered more than a point per game in his senior season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Kunyk earned a deal in March, but now the 24-year-old is the oldest rookie on the Syracuse Crunch roster and is out to prove himself again.

"My last year was definitely my best year," Kunyk said. "Being an older guy, I had to play with a chip on my shoulder. I knew that there wasn't going to be a tomorrow. I had to make my own path. I gave it everything I had every game, and I was fortunate enough to sign a contract."

"I think it adds a little more grit to my game," he added. "I feel like I have a little bit more to prove since I'm an older guy."

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