Kristers Gudlevskis believed his team should have won.
The Syracuse Crunch goalie, having stopped 28 of 29 shots in regulation and overtime, turned away the first eight shootout attempts. But the Hamilton's Mike Blunden broke through for the lone shootout goal, as the Bulldogs topped the Crunch, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"I just try to stop the puck, because I think we deserved to win this game," Gudlevskis said. "That's it, just focus on that. I've worked on the shootout in practice a lot."
Legendary goaltending by Gudlevskis, but no dice in the shootout.
Kristers Gudlevskis sparkled, allowing 1 goal on 29 shots before allowing 1 of 9 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. That's a shame.
SYR Connolly, (15) (Namestnikov), 6:42
HAM Leblanc, (12) (Ellis), 10:36
Gudlevskis was the game's second star. He was bested in the goaltending duel by counterpart Robert Mayer, whose performance included stopping Yanni Gourde on a penalty shot.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Jon DiSalvatore's objective was to just jab the puck toward the net.
With nearly two minutes gone in overtime, the Syracuse Crunch forward took a whack at a loose puck a few feet from the net. In a stroke of luck, the puck went off a Hershey Bears defenseman, fluttered up over the goalie, kissed the crossbar and fell just over the goal line to give the Crunch a 3-2 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I'll take it," DiSalvatore said with a grin.
Syracuse unleashes the secret weapon.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the victory. The Latvian rookie is now 4 games over .500 for the season and has inched his save percentage up to .901 for the campaign.
HER Brown, (15) (Newbury, Byers), 9:50 (PP)
SYR Landry, (1) (Paradis, Gourde), 14:04
SYR Smith, (5) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 2:48
HER Watkins, (10) (Kolomatis, Byers), 9:13
SYR DiSalvatore, (10) (Connolly), 1:50
Jon DiSalvatore and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars. But, who cares about that? After nearly 3 seasons in the organization, finally Charles Landry was let loose upon the league. Tonight the young defenseman finally scored his first ever AHL goal. Congratulations.
Also, as advertised, new signee Yanni Gourde had a helper in his Syracuse debut, keeping the forward at his point a game pace for the season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Yanni Gourde took the ice Tuesday as determined as ever.
The 5-9 left-winger signed a new deal -- an American Hockey League contract with the Syracuse Crunch for the rest of this season and a two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning over the next two years -- last weekend. But Gourde, who spent time with three teams over the past two years, isn’t completely satisfied with his new found stability.
"It's awesome to feel that type of security right now," Gourde said. "But hockey is day-by-day. Every practice is important, and every time I step on the ice I need to improve myself to get better."