Syracuse Crunch

Crunch's Yan Focuses on Consistency in Rookie Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Consistency is a key for Dennis Yan’s development.

The Syracuse Crunch winger has four multi-point games during his rookie season, including a goal and an assist against Laval Saturday. Of his 20 points in 40 games this season, nine have come during a multi-point performance.

Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Yan has the tools, but needs to use them each and every game.

“I like the skills. I like the size. He’s got to bring it together every day,” Groulx said. “He’s not consistent at doing that. When he does that, he’s a very good player. When he does not, he’s a different player.”

AHL Game Night: 3-3-18 Rocket at Crunch

Evidently it was 80's Night in Syracuse, too.

LAV-5
SYR-4 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:28 LAV Terry (23), (McCarron, Boucher)
5:02 SYR Dumont (2), (Bournival)(SH)
9:07 SYR Condra (8), (Tammela, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
4:15 SYR Yan (11), (Bodie, Stephens)(PP)
11:22 LAV Boucher (9), (Waked, Gelinas)(PP)
16:15 SYR Bodie (5), (Yan, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Third Period
0:12 LAV Waked (5), (Parisi, Gelinas)(PP)
15:04 LAV Rychel (12), (Terry, Parisi)

Overtime
4:28 LAV Gregoire (9), (Corrin, Rychel)

Gabriel Dumont and Dennis Yan were the game's second and third stars. Dennis Yan: all he does is score.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the big club's matinee tilt, Syracuse had to face the disappointment of seeing a two goal Third Period lead slip away into an Overtime loss.

With Toronto falling to Rochester, the Crunch did narrow the Marlies lead in the North Division to just four points with Toronto holding a pair of games in hand. So, there's a silver lining.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Let Lead Slip Away in Loss to Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after scoring three unanswered goals to steal a win, the tables were turned on the Syracuse Crunch.

The Laval Rocket cut the Crunch lead to one in the first minute of the third period, evened the score with five minutes left in regulation and netted the game-winner with 32 seconds left in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The 5-4 loss snaps Syracuse’s six game win streak.

“I thought they were more opportunistic than us,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We made some bad plays in our own end and they took advantage of it.”

AHL Game Night: 3-2-18 Devils at Crunch

Crunch bop Bingo with three unanswered Third Period markers.

BNG-2
SYR-3

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:52 BNG Lappin (20), (Rooney)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:49 BNG MacDonald (15), (Bertschy, Lappin)(PP)
10:10 SYR Peca (10), (Dumont, Joseph)(PP)
11:21 SYR Verhaeghe (11), (Condra, Volkov)(PP)
13:03 SYR Condra (7), (Peca, Walcott)

Erik Condra, Matthew Peca, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

For the moment, Syracuse narrows the gap with Toronto for first place in the North Division to five points, with the Marlies holding a pair of games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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