Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 3-10-18 Americans at Crunch

Crunch ride Joseph back into the win column.

RCH-2
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:24 SYR Joseph (12), (Volkov, Dumont)
8:05 RCH Fedun (3), (Cornel, Porter)(PP)
12:06 SYR Thomas (4), (Archambault, Yan)
15:55 SYR Walcott (3), (Dumont, Condra)

Third Period
4:01 RCH Porter (16), (Percy, Fedun)(PP)
19:08 SYR Joseph (13), (Condra)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph, Pasquale, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars.

Syracuse is six points back of Toronto for the top spot in the North Division with the Marlies holding two games in hand. Toronto has clinched a playoff berth and Syracuse will be looking to do the same shortly over the next week or two.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Big Second Period Lifts Crunch over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After a scoreless first period, things started to click for the Syracuse Crunch offense.

The Crunch scored three times in the middle frame — including a pair from players not necessarily known for their scoring prowess — as the Crunch beat the Rochester Americans, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“We started connecting,” Crunch forward Daniel Walcott said. “We got a good bounce off (Mathieu Joseph’s) leg and the floodgates opened. We just kept shooting on him. We knew he left a lot of rebounds, we just had to capitalize. We put pucks on net and we got some goals.”

AHL Game Night: 3-9-18 Bears at Crunch

Budaj loses a squeaker in his first conditioning start.

HER-2
SYR-1

Peter Budaj allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:51 HER Graovac (12), (Gazley, Simpson)(PP)
7:56 SYR Joseph (11), (Bodie, Dumont)(PP)

Third Period
13:22 HER Ness (4), (Graovac)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Offense Struggles in Loss to Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch had a sizable advantage in shots, but the Hershey Bears were more opportunistic.

The Crunch led 30-18 in shots on goal but the Bears’ Aaron Ness broke the tie with 6:38 remaining, as Syracuse was edged by Hershey, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The loss snaps the Crunch’s seven game point streak.

“It was a tough game to lose tonight,” Syracuse forward Mathieu Joseph said. “We outshot them and had a lot of scoring chances. A couple missed scoring chances on my part and a couple guys on the team. We weren’t opportunistic enough. We’ve got to find a way to win like that. It’s a tough loss.”

Crunch's Yan Focuses on Consistency in Rookie Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Consistency is a key for Dennis Yan’s development.

The Syracuse Crunch winger has four multi-point games during his rookie season, including a goal and an assist against Laval Saturday. Of his 20 points in 40 games this season, nine have come during a multi-point performance.

Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Yan has the tools, but needs to use them each and every game.

“I like the skills. I like the size. He’s got to bring it together every day,” Groulx said. “He’s not consistent at doing that. When he does that, he’s a very good player. When he does not, he’s a different player.”

AHL Game Night: 3-3-18 Rocket at Crunch

Evidently it was 80's Night in Syracuse, too.

LAV-5
SYR-4 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:28 LAV Terry (23), (McCarron, Boucher)
5:02 SYR Dumont (2), (Bournival)(SH)
9:07 SYR Condra (8), (Tammela, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
4:15 SYR Yan (11), (Bodie, Stephens)(PP)
11:22 LAV Boucher (9), (Waked, Gelinas)(PP)
16:15 SYR Bodie (5), (Yan, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Third Period
0:12 LAV Waked (5), (Parisi, Gelinas)(PP)
15:04 LAV Rychel (12), (Terry, Parisi)

Overtime
4:28 LAV Gregoire (9), (Corrin, Rychel)

Gabriel Dumont and Dennis Yan were the game's second and third stars. Dennis Yan: all he does is score.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the big club's matinee tilt, Syracuse had to face the disappointment of seeing a two goal Third Period lead slip away into an Overtime loss.

With Toronto falling to Rochester, the Crunch did narrow the Marlies lead in the North Division to just four points with Toronto holding a pair of games in hand. So, there's a silver lining.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Let Lead Slip Away in Loss to Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after scoring three unanswered goals to steal a win, the tables were turned on the Syracuse Crunch.

The Laval Rocket cut the Crunch lead to one in the first minute of the third period, evened the score with five minutes left in regulation and netted the game-winner with 32 seconds left in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The 5-4 loss snaps Syracuse’s six game win streak.

“I thought they were more opportunistic than us,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We made some bad plays in our own end and they took advantage of it.”

AHL Game Night: 3-2-18 Devils at Crunch

Crunch bop Bingo with three unanswered Third Period markers.

BNG-2
SYR-3

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:52 BNG Lappin (20), (Rooney)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:49 BNG MacDonald (15), (Bertschy, Lappin)(PP)
10:10 SYR Peca (10), (Dumont, Joseph)(PP)
11:21 SYR Verhaeghe (11), (Condra, Volkov)(PP)
13:03 SYR Condra (7), (Peca, Walcott)

Erik Condra, Matthew Peca, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

For the moment, Syracuse narrows the gap with Toronto for first place in the North Division to five points, with the Marlies holding a pair of games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Three Quick Strikes in Third Lift Crunch Over Devils


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After being held silent for more than 50 minutes, Syracuse’s offense made a bold statement.

The Crunch wiped away the Devils’ lead by scoring three times in a span of 2:53, as Syracuse rallied past Binghamton, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The Crunch has now won six straight games.

“I don’t think that was our best effort, but overall, you’ll be happy with the win and the comeback we made showed character,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we were very opportunistic in the third.”

Bolts Ink QMJHL Scoring Leader to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Alex Barre-Boulet to a three-year, NHL entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Barre-Boulet, 20, has played in 57 games this season for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 49 goals and 104 points to go along with 63 penalty minutes and a plus-27 rating. He leads the QMJHL for goals, assists (55) and points. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound forward has also posted 19 power-play goals which paces the league.

The Montmagny, Quebec native has skated in 255 career QMJHL games over four seasons with Drummondville and Blainville-Boisbriand, registering 136 goals and 325 points. Last season during the QMJHL playoffs, Barre-Boulet posted 14 goals and 31 points. His 14 goals led all QMJHL skaters during the postseason.

Note: Barre-Boulet currently leads the QMJHL in goals, assists, points, power play goals, and game-winning goals.

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