Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 3-15-14 Bulldogs at Crunch

Legendary goaltending by Gudlevskis, but no dice in the shootout.

HAM-2
SYR-1 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis sparkled, allowing 1 goal on 29 shots before allowing 1 of 9 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. That's a shame.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (15) (Namestnikov), 6:42
HAM Leblanc, (12) (Ellis), 10:36

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HAM- Blunden
SYR- NONE

Gudlevskis was the game's second star. He was bested in the goaltending duel by counterpart Robert Mayer, whose performance included stopping Yanni Gourde on a penalty shot.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Bounce Gives Crunch OT Win Over Bears, 3-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jon DiSalvatore's objective was to just jab the puck toward the net.

With nearly two minutes gone in overtime, the Syracuse Crunch forward took a whack at a loose puck a few feet from the net. In a stroke of luck, the puck went off a Hershey Bears defenseman, fluttered up over the goalie, kissed the crossbar and fell just over the goal line to give the Crunch a 3-2 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"I'll take it," DiSalvatore said with a grin.

AHL Game Night: 3-14-14 Bears at Crunch

Syracuse unleashes the secret weapon.

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SYR-3 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory. The Latvian rookie is now 4 games over .500 for the season and has inched his save percentage up to .901 for the campaign.

First Period
HER Brown, (15) (Newbury, Byers), 9:50 (PP)
SYR Landry, (1) (Paradis, Gourde), 14:04

Second Period
SYR Smith, (5) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 2:48

Third Period
HER Watkins, (10) (Kolomatis, Byers), 9:13

Overtime
SYR DiSalvatore, (10) (Connolly), 1:50

Jon DiSalvatore and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars. But, who cares about that? After nearly 3 seasons in the organization, finally Charles Landry was let loose upon the league. Tonight the young defenseman finally scored his first ever AHL goal. Congratulations.

Also, as advertised, new signee Yanni Gourde had a helper in his Syracuse debut, keeping the forward at his point a game pace for the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Gourde Finds Home in Lightning Organization


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Yanni Gourde took the ice Tuesday as determined as ever.

The 5-9 left-winger signed a new deal -- an American Hockey League contract with the Syracuse Crunch for the rest of this season and a two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning over the next two years -- last weekend. But Gourde, who spent time with three teams over the past two years, isn’t completely satisfied with his new found stability.

"It's awesome to feel that type of security right now," Gourde said. "But hockey is day-by-day. Every practice is important, and every time I step on the ice I need to improve myself to get better."

Crunch Score Three Times in Third to Down Senators, 4-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With the score tied late in the third period, Vlad Namestnikov shook his defender and posted up in the slot.

When the pass arrived on his tape, the Syracuse Crunch forward wasted no time shooting it past Binghamton Senators netminder Andrew Hammond. The goal with 2:42 remaining capped a three-goal third period, as the Crunch topped the Senators, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday afternoon.

"We had a good cycle and (Brett Connolly) passed it to (Jonathan Marchessault) behind the net," Namestnikov said. "He spun off his defenseman and found me in front of the net."

AHL Game Day: 3-9-14 Senators at Crunch

The pieces start to fit together?

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SYR-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He gave his team a chance, holding them to within 2 of the Sens going into the final frame before the offense ramped up and delivered him some precious goal support.

First Period
BNG Prince, (17) , 3:15 (PP)
BNG Puempel, (22) (Da Costa), 14:35 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Paquette, (16) (Namestnikov, Gudlevskis), 8:18 (PP)
BNG Da Costa, (14) (Puempel, Stone), 12:40

Third Period
SYR Paradis, (3) (Sergeev, Angelidis), 7:42 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (14) (Labrie, Angelidis), 12:59
SYR Namestnikov, (17) (Marchessault, Connolly), 17:18

Vladislav Namestnikov, Brett Connolly, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Today also marked the first point for new acquisition Jonathan Marchessault and the team also announced the signing of 22 year old left wing Yanni Gourde, who was a point a game player for Worchester in 25 games this season before being cut loose by the Sharks. Gourde and Marchessault, like Conacher and Johnson before them, fit the mold of undersized, skilled, and inexpensive prospects the Lightning have had huge success cultivating. Both should figure prominently into the rebuilding of the Crunch next season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Americans Power Past Crunch, 5-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler was happy with the effort, but not the result.

The Crunch allowed a pair of power play goals and empty-netters, as they fell to the Rochester Americans, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"I thought our guys played well tonight," Zettler said. "I thought they competed hard, I thought they played well and I thought they deserved a better fate."

Syracuse's Vlad Namestnikov opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal a little more than five minutes into the second, but the Crunch didn't stay ahead long.

AHL Game Night: 3-8-14 Americans at Crunch

Syracuse falls short in a tight one.

RCH-5
SYR-3

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss. This was one of the rare games where you had an opponent getting 2 EN goals sandwiched around a 6th attacker goal. Putting that tidbit aside, 3 goals on 18 shots is an ugly stat line for a goaltender.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Namestnikov, (16) (Connolly), 5:13 (SH)
RCH Larsson, (13) (Varone, MacKenzie), 9:59
RCH Adam, (25) , 10:57 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Paquette, (15) (DiSalvatore, Henry), 1:55
RCH Larsson, (14) (Tardif, Varone), 5:12 (PP)
RCH Varone, (13) , 18:34 (EN)
SYR Rankin, (12) (Paquette, Connolly), 19:36 (PP)
RCH Zigomanis, (11) , 19:42 (EN)

Cedric Paquette had the 7th multi-point night of his rookie campaign as the Dump Truck is closing in on a haul of about 20 goals. That'd be a nice number to get to in his maiden voyage in professional hockey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Fall Behind Early, Lose to Americans 4-1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler will look at the tape, but he already knows what it will show.

The Crunch allowed three first period goals and struggled to get sustained pressure, as they fell to the Americans, 4-1, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester Friday.

"All of our chances came from getting it deep and then going from there," Zettler said. "We have some good size and we have some guys that can grind it out down low, but we weren't committed to doing that."

AHL Game Night: 3-7-14 Crunch at Americans

Thin Crunch defense ad rusty goaltending exposed.

SYR-1
RCH-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. After the game, Head Coach Rob Zettler said Gudlevsis might've wanted a couple of those goals back. That's perhaps unsurprising considering tonight was Kristers' first game action in a couple of weeks since standing on his head against Canada in the Olympics. Rust and readjustment were perhaps to be expected.

First Period
RCH Larsson, (12) (Catenacci, Armia), 11:29
RCH Tardif, (18) (Varone, Ruhwedel), 14:41 (PP)
RCH Schaller, (4) (Pysyk, Lieuwen), 17:51

Second Period
RCH Armia, (6) (Gillies, Ruhwedel), 14:05

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (10) (Namestnikov, Nesterov), 8:56

With injuries and the recent trade of Matt Taormina leaving the Crunch thin on the backline, they had to press some of their more fringe prospects into service. The result was Rochester swiftly racing out to a 4-0 lead. Follow the minuses and you'll see exactly who Rochester was picking on. Couple a green D with shaky goaltending, and that's the end result.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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