Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Beat Devils, Extend Win Streak to Six Games


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch were opportunistic early.

The Crunch netted three goals in the first period and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Binghamton Devils at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday. Syracuse has won six straight and has points in 15 of the last 16 games.

“We had a very slow start in the first period, but we were very opportunistic,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “(Goalie) Connor Ingram was obviously very ready to play. He had to make some stops early in the game. … We did some good things, but I don’t think we were consistent enough.”

Stephens, Ingram Lift Crunch Over Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For the Crunch and Comets, it felt like the playoffs came early.

The two teams battled for 50 scoreless minutes before Mitchell Stephens crashed the net to put Syracuse on the board, as the Crunch topped the Utica Comets, 2-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Syracuse has won five straight games, and has points in 13 of its last 14 contests.

“The way that this series has been against Utica throughout the year, it’s becoming more and more like playoff hockey. Tonight was a classic example of playoff hockey,” Stephens said. “It was 0-0 going into the third. For us to bear down and come away with that win. … It goes to show we’re working for 60 minutes.”

AHL Game Night: 3-24-18 Comets at Crunch

Ingram blanks Comets in goaltending duel.

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Connor Ingram stopped all 23 shots he faced for the SO victory. The performance raised his save percentage up for the season to the .910 plateau.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
12:21 SYR Stephens (19), (Dumont, Masin)
19:57 SYR Cernak (5), (Peca, Condra)(EN)

Ingram and Mitchell Stephens were the game's first and second stars. Stephens with the gritty GWG to break a 12 game goalless drought and put him just one shy of the 20 goal mark for this rookie campaign.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-23-18 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Verhaeghe paces Crunch past Sound Tigers.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed just 1 goal on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:00 SYR Verhaeghe (12), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Second Period
2:00 SYR Walcott (4), (Lynch, Volkov)

Third Period
6:28 BRI Bailey (15), (Aho, St. Denis)(PP)
12:27 SYR Verhaeghe (13), (Peca, Spencer)
19:42 SYR Lynch (12), (Volkov)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe, Daniel Walcott, and Pasquale were the game's three stars.

Syracuse hits the 40 win mark for the season with the victory.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Verhaeghe Scores Twice in Crunch's Win Over Sound Tigers


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite going up against his former team, Carter Verhaeghe tried to treat it like any other game.

The Crunch forward netted a pair of goals against Sound Tigers goalie Kristers Gudlevskis — the player he was traded for — as Syracuse beat Bridgeport, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The Crunch have won four straight games and have a point in 12 of their last 13 games.

“It’s good seeing a couple familiar faces out there — guys that I’ve played with and are still friends. But I think I just went into it trying to play a hockey game and treat it like any other,” said Verhaeghe, who played his former team on the road earlier this season. “It was a little different going back to Bridgeport, but it made it a little easier being at home here for sure.”

Crunch's Archambault Showing Off Offensive Flair


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The goal was so pretty, the players stopped celebrating to watch the replay.

Olivier Archambault picked up the boards on the half wall, cut toward the middle, deked through a defender, took the puck from his backhand to his forehand and easily slid the puck past the Springfield goalie. The overtime game-winner was just the beginning of a three-goal weekend for the Syracuse Crunch forward.

Archambault has put on a show offensively in his tryout with Syracuse.

“When you see a goal like that, you’re like ‘Wow!’’ Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It’s a great move. We know he has those skills. He made a great play. You don’t see those goals every game.”

Archambault Scores Twice, Crunch Power Past Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The first couple minutes of the third period were crucial.

With 1:51 of time on a 5-on-3, the Crunch knew — despite holding a two-goal lead — they needed to convert to create some breathing room and stop the Rocket from getting any momentum.

Olivier Archambault cut toward the middle and scored from the left wing circle — his second goal of the night — and Syracuse went on to beat Laval, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“It was a big turning point either way. You score and you’re up three, and if don’t score, the other team is getting some momentum,” Crunch defenseman Mat Bodie said. “Huge goal. Good job by (Archambault) to create his own space and find a way to put it past their goalie.”

AHL Game Night: 3-17-18 Rocket at Crunch

At least Syracuse kicked some butt tonight.

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Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the victory. He and Eddie Pasquale are likely the tandem the rest of the way now with Louis Domingue recalled to Tampa Bay, presumably for good.

First Period
18:04 SYR Lynch (11), (Thomas, Bodie)
18:31 SYR Archambault (9), (Dumont, Joseph)

Second Period
2:01 LAV Petti (6), (Terry, Boucher)(PP)
8:19 SYR Bodie (6), (Dumont, Joseph)

Third Period
1:24 SYR Archambault (10), (Peca, Joseph)(PP)
12:06 LAV Petti (7), (Veilleux, Bourque)
17:20 SYR Dumont (4), (Bodie, Walcott)(EN)

Olivier Archambault, Mathieu Joseph, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars. Joseph checking in with helpers in triplicate.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-16-18 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Olivier Archambault FTW.

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SPR-2 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
13:47 SYR Dumont (3), (Bodie, Bournival)(SH)

Second Period
18:26 SYR Peca (11), (Condra, Bournival)(PP)

Third Period
4:48 SPR Valk (17), (Brown, Chase)
11:22 SPR Beauchemin (4), (Hawryluk, Balisy)(PP)

Overtime
2:06 SYR Archambault (8), (Verhaeghe, Bodie)

Archambault and Domingue were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-14-18 Crunch at Devils

Syracuse punches their postseason ticket by punching Bingo square in the nose in emphatic victory.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory after having been returned to Syracuse at the conclusion of his emergency recall.

First Period
7:19 SYR Volkov (17), (Peca, Cernak)
15:19 SYR Yan (12), (Stephens)

Second Period
1:55 BNG Quenneville (12), (Santini, White)
9:19 SYR Yan (13), (unassisted)
13:20 SYR Lynch (10), (Stephens, Walcott)

Third Period
0:41 BNG Quenneville (13), (Kearns, Bertschy)(PP)
8:34 SYR Volkov (18), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)
17:33 SYR Archambault (7), (Condra, Peca)(PP)

Alexander Volkov and Dennis Yan were the game's first and second stars after potting a pair of goals each. Just a quick reminder: All Dennis Yan Does is Score (tm).

Syracuse becomes the second team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff berth. They still trail the Toronto Marlies by seven points in the race for the top spot in the North Division with Toronto holding two games in hand. But, the Crunch and their fans go to bed tonight secure in the knowledge they're in the dance and their young team is a legit threat to do damage once they get there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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