Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 1-31-14 Crunch at Comets

Have you heard the one about a Latvian and a French Canadian who walk into a diner on the way from Utica to Montreal?


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. After the game, Desjardins and tandem-mate Kristers Gudlevskis were summoned to join the Lightning in Montreal for tomorrow night's came against the Canadiens with Bishop's head injury and Lindback's sprained ankle.

First Period

Second Period
UTI DeFazio, (6) (O'Reilly), 3:24
UTI Pelletier, (8) (Grenier, Archibald), 13:31

Third Period
UTI Archibald, (7) (Grenier, Pelletier), 14:46
SYR Sustr, (1) (Angelidis, Panik), 18:55

I suppose the good news is that at least Andrej Sustr was able to get on the board. Sadly, though, the Crunch will be going into tomorrow night with a loaned ECHL goaltender between the pipes, in all likelihood. They've reportedly suspended Riku Helenius tonight for breach of contract. So, things don't appear to be on the way to getting a whole lot better for the Crunch. Perhaps there's a silver lining that there's no recall for Valtteri Filppula's spot as of this posting. It's not exactly something worth throwing a parade over, but Crunch fans have to take what they can get these days.

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Sustr Focuses on Big Picture After Reassignment to Syracuse

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite being sent to Syracuse for more ice time, Andrej Sustr hasn't seen much game action.

The 6-8 defenseman, hurt on his second shift since being reassigned by the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this month, practiced with the Crunch Tuesday. After missing five games, he is nearing a return to the lineup.

“It’s been pretty good,” Sustr said of working his way back into game shape Tuesday. “I’m aiming for this weekend.”

With Syracuse on a five-game losing streak, the addition of Sustr is a major shot in the arm to a struggling Crunch defense that has surrendered 23 goals in the past five games.

AHL Game Night: 1-29-14 Crunch at Penguins



Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss. It's not a great stat line, but it's irrelevant if the team in front of your goaltender can't get any goals.

First Period
WBS Thompson, (4) (Carman, Letourneau-Leblond), 2:11
WBS Kostopoulos, (16) (Samuelsson, Despres), 12:23

Second Period

Third Period
WBS Zolnierczyk, (14) (Dumoulin, McNeill), 1:31
WBS Manderson, (1) (Kostopoulos, Despres), 7:51

Right now this team can't consistently score goals and they really, really can't keep it out of the back of their own net. What Zettler needs to sell his team on is that if they focus on the latter the former will come to them. That's a hard thing to get straightened out, though, when you just can't seem to get the positive result to give you the right feedback for your work.

Syracuse remains 10 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference, 14th out of 15 teams.

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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?


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.

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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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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."

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