Syracuse Crunch

Panik Plans to Work His Way Back to Tampa Bay


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After skating in a red practice jersey Tuesday, Richard Panik reiterated his intentions -- he came to play.

In his first game of the season with the Syracuse Crunch Saturday, the 6-3 Slovakian winger posted an assist before absorbing a thundering check by the Hershey Bears’ Tyson Strachan. Panik quickly got up from the hit, and instead of taking the game off Sunday to rest and recuperate an apparent upper body injury, he was back on the ice against the Sound Tigers Sunday.

“He gamed it out against Bridgeport,” said Crunch coach Rob Zettler.

AHL Game Night: 1-26-14 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Was this weekend Syracuse's 2013-2014 swan song?

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 6 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
BRI Lee, (17) (Strome, Ness), 13:19 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (6) (Rankin, Tyrell), 15:44
BRI Persson, (7) (Mayfield, Bouchard), 18:15

Second Period
BRI Vaughan, (3) (Wetmore, Langkow), 3:02
SYR Namestnikov, (13) (Connolly, DiSalvatore), 8:54
BRI Clark, (3) (Diamond), 9:32
SYR Angelidis, (7) (Tyrell, Rankin), 19:00

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (4) (Namestnikov, Connolly), 8:00 (PP)
BRI Persson, (8) (Wetmore, Clark), 9:09
SYR Nesterov, (3) (Paquette), 13:58 (PP)
BRI Persson, (9) (Bouchard, Ness), 15:54 (PP)

Mike Angelidis was the game's second star.

Syracuse had a 3 game in 3 night scenario this weekend, and they managed to get 0 points out of the 3 games. Syracuse has fallen to second to last in the Eastern Conference, 10 points out of 8th place. At the end of the season, this may well be the weekend the Crunch point to as the moment when the season was finally beyond repair.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Former Foe Henry Finds Home With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jordan Henry is no stranger to Syracuse.

The 27-year-old defenseman spent parts of six seasons in the American Hockey League, including three with the Crunch’s rival, the Rochester Americans. For Henry, the Onondaga County War Memorial has been the site of plenty of fight-filled rivalry games.

“We played a million games here it seems like,” Henry said, then motioning to the opposing team’s entrance. “I played a lot of games from that side and coming out that door.”

But now, Syracuse is Henry’s home. The 6-2 Alberta native, who played two games on a tryout deal with the Crunch in November, was signed to a standard players contract Jan. 8.

AHL Game Night: 1-25-14 Crunch at Bears

Syracuse's playoff hopes continue to dim.

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Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. At least 1 of those goals was one he might like to have back. Now's a tough time not to get your best goaltending.

First Period
HER Brouillette, (6) (Stoa, Strachan), 16:43
SYR Paquette, (12) (Panik, Witkowski), 17:22

Second Period
SYR Richard, (1) (Paquette), 6:13 (PP)
HER Latta, (5) (Schilling, Oleksy), 17:09

Third Period
HER Latta, (6) , 12:28

Richard Panik made his season debut for Syracuse and was fairly dangerous throughout. Unfortunately, he also got his clock cleaned on a hit crossing the opposing blueline in the Second Period, which led to the game devolving into a pretty nasty brawl-fest. One silver lining is that Tanner Richard scored his first pro goal in the process.

Unfortunately, for the moment, Syracuse has fallen 9 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. Things do not look good right now, and they could not afford to give 4 points to Hershey like they have the past 2 nights. The Bears are currently in 9th in the conference 8 points ahead of the Crunch and are one of the teams Syracuse needs to climb over.

Bridgeport is next up tomorrow.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Defensive Lapses Doom Crunch in Loss to Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After a 4-1 loss to the Hershey Bears, Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler was searching for answers.

The Crunch defense had lapses that hung goalie Kristers Gudlevskis out to dry and the offense -- despite having a 30-25 advantage in shots -- struggled to find traction against the Bears at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"Maybe it was four or five days between games, I don't know what it was," Zettler said. "We seemed flat. Maybe it was practices. I don't know, I have to look at it and I need to do a better job of getting these guys prepared."

AHL Game Night: 1-24-14 Bears at Crunch

No comeback for the Crunch tonight.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER Wellman, (11) (Strachan, Segal), 6:53

Second Period
HER Wellman, (12) (Deschamps, Kolomatis), 7:44
HER Watkins, (4) (LeBlanc, Kolomatis), 13:26

Third Period
SYR DiSalvatore, (3) (Connolly, Korobov), 9:38
HER Watkins, (5) (Byers, Potulny), 17:27 (EN)

Jon DiSalvatore was the game's third star.

Syracuse has fallen, at this moment, 7 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. They face Hershey again tomorrow.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

DiSalvatore Makes Instant Impact with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The way Jon DiSalvatore looks at it, he doesn’t have much time to waste.

The 32-year-old forward, after being the odd-man out due to a restriction on import players with Munich of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany, wasn’t getting the ice time he had hoped for in his first European season.

DiSalvatore didn’t want to wait around, so he chose to return to North America.

"I just felt like the way things were being run out there, it felt like it was becoming a wasted year, a wasted opportunity," said DiSalvatore, a veteran of 10 American Hockey League seasons. "I don't feel like at this point in my career I have any years to waste."

Connolly Nets Hat Trick, But Crunch Fall to Senators 6-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Brett Connolly scored three times, but the Syracuse Crunch fell to the Binghamton Senators, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Connolly is the third Crunch player to record a hat trick this season. Although he didn't record any points in his previous three games, Connolly had an eight-game point streak from Dec. 20 to Jan. 8.

"It's obviously a lot better when you have a good game and you win," Connolly said. "We need wins right now, and they're hard to come by in this league."

AHL Game Night: 1-18-14 Senators at Crunch

Syracuse follows suit and wastes a Connolly hat trick.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 11 shots before being lifted at the end of the First Period. Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 on 17 shots the rest of the way for the old back door loss.

First Period
SYR Connolly, (10) (Paquette), 5:59 (PP)
BNG O'Brien, (6) (Schneider), 11:46 (SH)
BNG Petersson, (14) (Wideman, Pageau), 14:26
BNG Puempel, (14) (Da Costa, Hoffman), 15:45 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (11) (Namestnikov), 17:26

Second Period
BNG Prince, (8) (New, Pageau), 15:28 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (12) (Namestnikov, Taormina), 4:01 (PP)
BNG Cowick, (7) (Claesson, Hamilton), 9:36
BNG Petersson, (15) (Pageau), 17:40 (EN)

Brett Connolly and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and third stars. It's unbelievable the organization had hat tricks at the NHL and AHL levels today and neither team won. That's got to be incredibly rare.

Syracuse is still 3 points back of St. John's for 8th in the Eastern Conference, but the loss allows Hershey and Worcester to jockey for position ahead of the Crunch in the standings. With the hole they've dug, every loss will have that effect from here on out.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Richard Registers Two Assists, Crunch Top Bears, 3-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Mike Angelidis accepted his teammates' congratulations and then leaned in for a conversation with one of his team's rookies.

The Syracuse Crunch captain, having opened the scoring 9:30 into the first period, wanted to let Tanner Richard know his work on the goal -- battling through a check and making the pass -- wasn't going unnoticed.

"I said 'That's a great second effort, that's all you,'" Angelidis said. "When you see a young guy pulling out a second effort like that, you just try to get him going and give him confidence."

Richard finished with a pair of assists for his first multi-point pro game, as the Crunch topped the Hershey Bears, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"I thought he was moving his feet a little bit more," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler. "That's the biggest thing for Tanner, when he's stationary he's not effective. When he's moving his feet, he can be really effective."

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