Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Rally, But Fall to Marlies in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With the help of a video review, Syracuse rallied in the third period but couldn’t complete the comeback.

The Crunch erased a two-goal deficit in the final 17 minutes of regulation but the Marlies found the game-winner in overtime, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 4-3, in at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The Crunch earned a point, but have dropped five-straight games.

“It was a good start, but they got the power play goal and we were on our heals for a period, and then we decided to play some hockey and play with energy,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler.

AHL Game Night: 12-12-15 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch show character in OT loss.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (5) (Angelidis, Gourde), 4:51
TOR Brennan, (9) (Nylander, Panik), 15:00 (PP)
TOR Frattin, (5) (Carrick, Leipsic), 16:06
TOR Campbell, (7) (Leipsic, Arcobello), 17:16

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (6) (Gourde, Richard), 3:02 (PP)
SYR Darcy, (1) (Erne, Vermin), 17:39

Overtime
TOR Valiev, (2) (Kapanen), 2:21

Cameron Darcy and Yanni Gourde were the game's second and third stars.

Kind of like the Lightning up top, tonight the Crunch sought redemption against a stacked Marlies team that embarrassed them the last time the two teams met. And, like the Lightning, the Crunch proved they can compete against a top flight team. The fact they pulled out a point was the differing story line, and one that Tampa Bay can envy.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-11-15 Crunch at Devils

Vasiy can't stop the bleeding for Syracuse.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss in the first game of his conditioning stint with the Crunch.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
ALB O'Brien, (3) (Tropp, Boucher), 14:36
ALB O'Brien, (4) (Tropp, Boucher), 15:04
SYR Tambellini, (10) (Taormina, Richard), 17:24 (PP)

Third Period
ALB Burlon, (2) (Tropp), 7:38

Syracuse falls to .500 for the season and 6th in the 7 team North Division as a consequence of the defeat.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-9-15 Crunch at Penguins

Hump Day horror.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 6 goals on 35 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Kuhnhackl, (5) (Rust), 3:14
WBS Kostopoulos, (5) (Sundqvist), 3:54
WBS Sheary, (6) (Kuhnhackl, Andersen), 11:04

Second Period
SYR Tambellini, (9) (Richard, Taormina), 4:48 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Simon, (8) (Porter, Oleksy), 6:11
WBS Simon, (9) , 12:06
WBS Uher, (1) (Sundqvist, Pouliot), 18:58
SYR Gourde, (5) (Paradis, Witkowski), 19:31

The Crunch are in the midst of a brutal stretch of games against quality opponents, and thus far they're not warming to the challenge.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Erne Using New Perspective in Return to Crunch Lineup


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne looked to make the best of a bad situation.

The Syracuse Crunch forward missed six weeks after being injured during a game against Hartford on Oct. 23. Unable to play, Erne used the time to get a new perspective and study the game from afar.

After returning to the lineup last weekend, Erne is using the knowledge he gained to help him on the ice.

“I haven’t had too many injuries through hockey,” Erne said. “It’s going to happen. It’s a part of the game. When it does, you just have to make the best of it and work hard, and use it as an opportunity to get faster and even more ready for the remainder of the season.”

AHL Game Night: 12-6-15 Crunch at Devils

24 hours ago...

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the loss. He was relieved by Kristers Gudlevskis, who allowed 1 goal on 7 shots in the Third Period.

First Period
ALB Boucher, (10) (Burlon), 8:50 (PP)

Second Period
ALB Kelly, (1) (Gragnani, Sislo), 0:57
ALB Blandisi, (7) (Sislo, Gragnani), 17:54 (PP)

Third Period
ALB Novak, (2) (Sislo), 3:21

24 hours ago the Crunch were sailing toward a victory against Utica and looked like they were going to have a successful 3 games in 3 nights set over this weekend. Then the bottom fell out in the last 3 minutes against the Comets and they followed up that effort by getting shutout 4-0 by Albany tonight. Opportunities lost...

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Lead Slips Away in Loss to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The momentum shifted dramatically in the last seven minutes.

Despite leading most of the game by netting a pair of power play goals, the Syracuse Crunch’s lead slipped away. The Utica Comets scored four times in the final 6:13 to stun the Crunch, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“We sat back on our heels and they came at us,” said Crunch captain Mike Angelidis. “They got pucks in, they were making good plays and cycling, and they had their foot on the gas. We sat back. You can’t do that when you have the lead. You have to keep your foot on the gas.”

AHL Game Night: 12-5-15 Comets at Crunch

Crunch choke.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (4) (Erne, Peca), 18:58 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Tambellini, (8) (Taormina, Blunden), 17:02 (PP)

Third Period
UTI Jensen, (4) (Vey, Archibald), 13:47
UTI Hamilton, (3) (Ehrhardt), 17:01
UTI Friesen, (4) (Zalewski), 17:55
UTI Grenier, (4) (Bancks), 19:43 (EN)

Gudlevskis and Jeff Tambellini were the game's first and second stars.

After being in control most of the night, Syracuse allowed 3 goals in the last 3 minutes of the game to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Erne Returns, Lifts Crunch to 5-1 Win Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Adam Erne, it was just another game.

After missing six weeks with an injury, the Crunch rookie forward registered a goal and an assist in his return to lead Syracuse to a 5-1 win over the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“Obviously, you get some butterflies before the game, but it’s just another game,” Erne said. “You want to prove yourself and get goals. The goal is to play in the NHL, and you have to prove yourself to do that. It can’t be a one time thing, it’s something you have to bring every night.”

Crunch head coach Rob Zettler believed pairing Erne with veterans Mike Angelidis and Jeff Tambellini gave the line a whole new dimension.

“He was maybe the best player on the ice tonight,” Zettler said. “He was really good. He skated really well. He looked really fast out there and was making plays.”

AHL Game Night: 12-4-15 Senators at Crunch

Erne's baaaaaaaaaaaack!

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, further pumping up his season save percentage to .938. Stylish.

First Period
SYR Erne, (1) (Angelidis, Walcott), 8:02
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Tambellini, Erne), 12:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (5) (DeAngelo, Peca), 1:06 (PP)
SYR Tambellini, (7) (Angelidis, Erne), 8:22
BNG Puempel, (5) (Dzingel, Carlisle), 11:49
SYR Witkowski, (1) (Peca), 19:30

Adam Erne, Gudlevskis, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars.

Top flight prospect played his first game in over a month returning from injury, and immediately dropped points in triplicate, including his first goal of the season 8:02 into the game. So it took him less than a half a period to knock of the rust, I guess. Erne's performance coupled with a pair of assists by Matthew Peca are a welcome sign for a Crunch team that needs their top rookie pro forwards to chip in like core players if they're going to reach their ceiling this year as a club.

The Crunch have a ton of games in hand relative to most of the teams in the Eastern Conference, so a winning streak moving forward could be a chance to climb very quickly in the standings.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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