Syracuse Crunch

Familiar Face Devos Unsure of Future


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Signed to a tryout deal last month, Philip-Michael Devos joined the Syracuse Crunch with no idea about the length of his stay.

A Calder Cup champion with the Lightning's affiliate in Norfolk, Devos spent all of last season with the Crunch and played all 18 playoff games on Syracuse's run to the Calder Finals. He was not re-signed in the offseason and ended up with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL, but with the injury bug taking bites out of the Crunch lineup, Tampa Bay looked for a familiar face to fill in.

"We brought him up because he could be a useful player for us," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler of Devos. "He can play in all kinds of different situations, and what we liked was that he's familiar with how we play, and he's familiar with our guys and our culture. He seamlessly fit right in."

Gudlevskis, Crunch Shut Out Americans, 1-0


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After getting pulled from a game earlier this week, Kristers Gudlevskis was eager to step back into the crease.

The Syracuse Crunch goalie looked at a few pucks hitting the pipes behind him as a positive omen, and finished with a 27-save shutout in a 1-0 win over the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The victory snaps a four-game losing streak for Syracuse.

"When you get those pipes, you start to feel comfortable," the Latvian netminder said. "You start to feel like it's your day. It's a lucky moment, it's help."

AHL Game Night: 12-14-13 Americans at Crunch

From Latvia with love.

RCH-0
SYR-1

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. That's a slump buster, right there. Well done.

First Period
SYR Connolly, (2) (Korobov, Witkowski), 14:18

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Gudlevskis and Brett Connolly were the game's first and second stars. In the last 7 games, Connolly has 2 goals and 5 points as he continues to come out of his early season funk. It's a good thing.

Syracuse is 3 points out of the #8 spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on Norfolk after the Admirals' loss to Springfield tonight. Syracuse faces Hershey on Wednesday as they try to maintain contact for a playoff spot while the organization gets healthy and they have the opportunity to reload. Every win right now is a little life line.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-11-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Still sinking.

SYR-1
STJ-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on 36 shots for the loss.

First Period
STJ Kichton, (5) (O'Dell), 12:47

Second Period
STJ Redmond, (4) (Jaffray), 2:37
STJ MacKinnon, (1) (O'Dell), 3:00

Third Period
STJ MacKinnon, (2) (O'Dell, Chiarot), 0:24
SYR Devos, (1) (Korobov), 3:37
STJ Jaffray, (9) , 17:58 (SH)

I wouldn't expect this to go on too much longer before some roster changes are made to try to snap Syracuse out of this funk.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-10-13 Crunch at IceCaps

St. John's finally solves SyraNo.

SYR-2
STJ-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss before being lifted for Cedrick Desjardins, who allowed 2 on 27 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
STJ Jaffray, (8) (Kichton, Redmond), 8:23 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Paquette), 11:10
STJ Lowry, (2) (Lipon), 18:03

Second Period
STJ Fredheim, (1) (Samson, Mouillierat), 7:05 (PP)
STJ Schnell, (1) (Redmond), 7:17
STJ O'Neill, (2) (Redmond, Gordon), 19:50

Third Period
SYR Paquette, (7) (Langelier-Parent, Connolly), 9:07
STJ Klingberg, (7) (MacKinnon, Riley), 19:29

There's not much to feel positive about from this contest. Syracuse was dominated on the shot board 47-15 and dominated on the scoreboard 6-2. The two teams square off again tomorrow when the Crunch will have a chance at redemption. As an old hockey hand once told me, it's really hard to paste the same team two nights in a row.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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