Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Beat Rocket for Fifth Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch were able to overcome some adversity to remain on a hot streak.

Despite getting back into town late after a trip from Toronto and at one point being down to 10 forwards, the Syracuse Crunch held the Laval Rocket off the scoreboard until the final four minutes and hung on to win their fifth straight game, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“Tonight was a tricky game for us,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We came back very late from Toronto, and it’s never easy when you travel during the night. We came in at 3 or 3:30 a.m., so the following game is always a tough one. We saw it right away that we didn’t have our best legs tonight. … It was a tricky game, but I thought we did enough to win. We hung in there at the end. Our goalie was solid again. It’s a good win for us.”

AHL Game Night: 11-29-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch winning streak hits 4 games.

SYR-3
TOR-1

Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. He's been good since being acquired from the Arizona organization, and a .916 save percentage through 5 decisions has given the Crunch a solid backstop they can count on.

First Period
10:35 SYR DiDomenico (4), (Conacher, Bodie)

Second Period
9:00 SYR Lynch (5), (McNeill, Volkov)

Third Period
4:24 TOR Gauthier (1), (Liljegren, Dermott)(PP)
19:07 SYR Conacher (7), (McNeill)(EN)

Domingue and Kevin Lynch were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse gets to 1 game under .500. You get the feeling once they crack even, they're primed to really make a run into playoff position.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-25-17 Crunch at Penguins

Streaking Crunch run it to 3 in a row.

SYR-4
WBS- 3

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:39 SYR Walcott (1), (Verhaeghe, Cernak)
2:58 WBS Tiffels (1), (Quinney, Johnson)
7:39 WBS Blueger (3), (Haggerty, Johnson)
17:28 SYR Verhaeghe (3), (Bodie, McBain)(PP)

Second Period
10:56 SYR Bournival (7), (unassisted)(SH)
16:50 SYR Peca (2), (Erne)

Third Period
7:15 WBS Corrado (2), (Simon, Thomas)

Carter Verhaeghe and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars. After going 19 games without a goal, Peca now has a goal in two of his last three tilts. He also has a gaudy 6 points over that three game span.

Syracuse moves to 2 games under .500 with the victory. If they can get their record back to level, then the push to get back into playoff contention can begin.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Early Surge, Late PK Lead Crunch Over Penguins


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch surged out of the gate, but needed their penalty kill to bail them out late in the game.

The Crunch jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first period, but the Penguins cut their deficit to one in the third period. Syracuse killed off a five minute major penalty in the closing minutes and added a pair of empty-netters in a 5-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The loss snaps an 12-game point streak for the league-leading Penguins.

“Any time you can score early in a period, especially two or three in the same period, that’s going to build momentum for your hockey team,” Crunch defenseman Jamie McBain said. “They’re a great team and we knew they were going to make a push for it and not make it easy on us. We had some big kills and were able to pull it off.”

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