Syracuse Crunch

Gudlevskis Puts Olympic Excitement on Hold


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite receiving word that he was selected to represent his country at the Olympics, Kristers Gudlevskis is focusing on the task at hand.

The netminder was included on the Latvia men's national hockey team's preliminary roster for the games in Sochi next month, but after finishing practice with the Syracuse Crunch Tuesday, Gudlevskis reiterated what's important to him now.

"I don't concentrate on (the) tournament yet," the 21-year-old said. "I concentrate on the Crunch and do everything possible to win some games, get some points. When I need to go to the Olympics, then I start concentrating on the Olympics."

AHL Game Night: 1-4-14 Crunch at Senators

Connolly helps Crunch steal a point.

SYR-5
BNG-6 (OT)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 15 shots before being lifted early in the Second Period. Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 17 shots the rest of the way for the OT loss.

First Period
BNG Da Costa, (11) (Schneider, Hoffman), 3:34
SYR Connolly, (7) (Namestnikov, Olson), 5:40
SYR Walker, (4) (Angelidis), 6:03

Second Period
SYR Mormina, (1) (Rankin, Paquette), 0:26 (SH)
BNG O'Brien, (5) (Hoffman, Hammond), 1:13 (PP)
BNG Prince, (6) (Hoffman, Wideman), 3:23 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Wideman, (4) (Schneider, Puempel), 1:16 (PP)
BNG Da Costa, (12) (New, Schneider), 1:50 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (8) , 8:06 (PP)
SYR Mormina, (2) (Connolly, DiSalvatore), 17:01

Overtime
BNG Wideman, (5) (Hoffman, Prince), 1:26 (PP)

Brett Connolly's game has been simmering nicely the past several weeks in Syracuse, but in his last two games he's gotten white hot. Tonight's 2 goals and 3 points marked the second straight 3 point game for the former first rounder and it included a wonderful individual effort tonight to score a goal to get within 1 and the primary assist on the tying goal. In the last 15 games Connolly has 8 goals and 19 points, and he's starting to close in on a point a game for the season at 20 points in 23 games. After failing to gain traction in his first Tampa Bay cup of coffee this season, Connolly may be making a case for another audition soon.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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

Syracuse starts to look like Syracuse again.

SYR-6
TOR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 35 shots for the victory.

First Period
TOR Ashton, (10) , 14:24 (SH)

Second Period
TOR Crescenzi, (1) (Bodie, Holzer), 5:03
SYR Namestnikov, (9) (Connolly, Olson), 6:00
SYR Tyrell, (4) (Labrie, Mormina), 19:55

Third Period
SYR Paquette, (9) (Tyrell), 3:06
SYR Connolly, (6) , 5:43
SYR Labrie, (1) (Paquette, Korobov), 6:39
TOR Duco, (1) (Bodie), 6:49
SYR Namestnikov, (10) (Taormina, Connolly), 9:46 (PP)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Brett Connolly were the game's first and second stars. Just what the doctor ordered. Namestnikov, playing in his second game back from the broken hand, was joined in the lineup by Pierre-Cedric Labrie to go along with previous reinforcement like Tyrell and DiSalvatore and tonight it finally started to click for the beleaguered Crunch. Now, perhaps, the road back to the playoffs can begin.

Syracuse's win squares their record at 14-14-1-3, 5 points back of Adirondack for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Crunch head to Binghamton tomorrow night trying to put together a streak.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 12-31-13 Crunch at Penguins

Crunch crumble against the Penguins.

SYR-2
WBS-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Thompson, (3) (Samuelsson, Hartzell), 1:11
SYR Taormina, (3) (Connolly, DiSalvatore), 8:53 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (4) (Paquette), 13:03

Second Period
WBS Drazenovic, (5) (Samuelsson, Zolnierczyk), 8:56
WBS Kostopoulos, (12) (Mikkelson, Uher), 10:40 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Zlobin, (1) (Kuhnhackl), 12:20
WBS Sylvester, (2) (Zolnierczyk), 18:31 (EN)

Syracuse is a disgusting 2-6-0-2 in their last 10 games and have fallen to .500 for the season at 13-13-1-3.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Comeback Falls Short Against Admirals


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It came down to a couple bad breaks, but the Syracuse Crunch weren't making any excuses.

The Norfolk Admirals opened the scoring on a shorthanded tally 5:26 into the game, when a shot went off the face of Crunch defenseman Matt Taormina and sprung Admirals forward Emerson Etem on a breakaway. It was one of a many bounces that didn't go in Syracuse's favor.

The Crunch battled throughout the latter part of the game -- cutting the Admirals lead to one early in the third period -- but ultimately fell, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. Still, the Syracuse players acknowledged it wasn't luck, it was how they played.

"You can say unlucky break all you want, but at the end of the day, they shouldn't have had those two shorties at the beginning of the game," said Crunch forward Evan Rankin.

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