Syracuse Crunch

Thomas Scores Game-Winner in Shootout, Crunch Top Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Ben Thomas didn’t think the shot was in until he heard the roar.

The Syracuse Crunch defenseman deked and shot from his backhand in the 11th round of the shootout. The puck went off Comets goalie Thatcher Demko’s blocker and popped over his shoulder and into the back of the net.

Connor Ingram made a save at the other end, and Syracuse topped Utica, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I went to the backhand there and I saw it go off his blocker and I thought he saved it,” Thomas said of his first pro shootout attempt. “Then I turned to the corner and heard everyone cheering. When I looked back it was in the net.”

AHL Game Night: 12-30-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch dispose of rival Comets in a lengthy shootout.

UTI-2
SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 17 shots before stopping 8 of 11 in a lengthy penalty shot session for the SO victory. With Budaj's injury moving Domingue up to the big league, Ingram's got a window of opportunity here to prove his worth until and if BriseBois brings in another goaltender to help bolster the Crunch.

First Period
9:59 SYR Volkov (7), (Verhaeghe, McNeill)
15:41 UTI Carcone (7), (Archibald, Brisebois)

Second Period
14:15 UTI Roy (1), (Chatfield)

Third Period
5:28 SYR Volkov (8), (Joseph, Cirelli)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
UTI- Archibald, Holm, Cassels
SYR- Volkov, Joseph, Erne, Thomas

Alexander Volkov and Ben Thomas were the game's first and third stars. Volkov had quite a night with both goals in regulation and the opening marker for Syracuse in the Shootout.

Syracuse continues to slowly creep up onto the heels of Rochester and Toronto atop the division. They're now 7 points back of Toronto with a game in hand and 9 points back of the Americans with a pair of games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Yan Records Three Points in Return, Crunch Beat Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx liked what he saw in the first game after the Christmas break.

Dennis Yan recorded three points in his return from injury, Syracuse rebounded from an early deficit and a power play goal in the third period lifted the Crunch over the Toronto Marlies, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

“I’m quite happy with this win, but the way we played overall?” Groulx said. “First of all, much better game than the last game here for our fans. Secondly, we had legs. That’s not easy when you have three days off. … I was happy with the legs and the energy we had tonight. (We were) executing pretty well and got better as the game went along. Overall, a good showing.”

AHL Game Night: 12/27/17 Marlies at Crunch

All Yan does is score.

TOR-4
SYR-5

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the win. Sweet goal support.

First Period
3:10 TOR Johnsson (11), (Kapanen)
4:22 SYR Yan (4), (Volkov)
10:53 SYR Yan (5), (Peca, Spencer)
15:04 TOR Mueller (7), (Timashov)
19:30 SYR Joseph (7), (Peca)

Second Period
1:45 TOR Gauthier (3), (Greening, Rychel)
17:46 SYR Lynch (8), (Yan, Stephens)(PP)
18:12 TOR Aaltonen (5), (unassisted)

Third Period
3:48 SYR Erne (9), (Joseph, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Dennis Yan and Matthew Peca were the game’s first and third stars. Yan got in his first game in four weeks and dropped 2-1-3 to raise his season scoring to 0.50 points a game, which is such a Dennis Yan thing to do. He has a very particular set of skills. Peca now has a personal seven game points streak with 3-9-12 in that span, as he lines up his case for a potential NHL cup of coffee.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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