Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Day: 2-28-18 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch clip division leading Marlies to keep the streak hot.

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TOR-3 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 47 shots for the victory.

First Period
15:55 TOR Smith (22), (Johnsson, Timashov)

Second Period
0:23 SYR Cirelli (13), (Joseph, Dumont)
5:19 SYR Cirelli (14), (Thomas, Dumont)

Third Period
2:35 SYR Yan (10), (Dumont, Bodie)
9:27 TOR Borgman (2), (Smith, Liljegren)
19:27 TOR Mueller (14), (Smith, Johnsson)(PP)

Overtime
0:43 SYR Joseph (10), (Pasquale)

Anthony Cirelli and Gabriel Dumont were the game's first and second stars. Mathieu Joseph had the end to end rush for the GWG, as well.

Syracuse escaped the deadline with no subtractions while also gaining the services of Gabriel Dumont off re-entry waivers just before the deadline. They now have a five point lead on third place in the North Division and are seven points back of the Marlies for the top spot.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Walcott 'Making Friends' With Abrasive Style


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Daniel Walcott realizes that he’s at his best when he’s abrasive.

The Syracuse Crunch forward prides himself on his play on the forecheck and ability to rile up opponents. Walcott can also chuck some fists when the time comes.

Since moving from defense to forward full-time earlier this season, Walcott has focused on bringing energy to the Crunch lineup.

“I’m an energetic guy, so if I can spread the wealthy with my energy, I’ll do that,” Walcott said. “Also, I want to create plays and play the right way defensively. If I’m on the ice, I can’t get scored on. That’s been a focus for me — to bring energy and be physically, but be sound defensively.”

AHL Game Night: 2-24-18 Penguins at Crunch

Streaking Crunch now await outcome of NHL trade deadline.

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Connor Ingram allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for an impressive win. He hit a little rocky patch for a while, but he now has a sub-2.50 GAA and his save percentage is up to .906 for the campaign.

First Period
4:42 WBS Tiffels (2), (Quinney)

Second Period
1:35 SYR Dumont (1), (Bournival)(SH)

Third Period
6:02 SYR Volkov (16), (Walcott, Peca)
8:46 SYR Cirelli (12), (Joseph, Dumont)(PP)

Gabriel Dumont, Alexander Volkov, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars. That's right folks, Gabriel Dumont's triumphant return to the scoresheet for Syracuse has happened.

Syracuse opens up a little three point lead for second place in the North Division and are eight points back of first place Toronto. However, things get a little interesting now with the NHL trade deadline coming up on Monday. The prospect rich Lightning are in on some potentially big deals to improve the big club that would more likely subtract from Syracuse than add to its roster.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Beat Penguins, Extend Win Streak to Four Games


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Crunch had a feeling they would break through.

Despite outshooting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 17-4 in the first period, the Syracuse went into the intermission with a one goal deficit. The Crunch scored three unanswered goals to beat the Penguins, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday to extend their win streak to four games.

“We were going. I thought we played really good in the first,” Syracuse forward Gabriel Dumont said. “I think it was pretty much a question of time for when things would turn for us.”

Pasquale Wins Duel Against Tokarski, Crunch Edge Phantoms


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Eddie Pasquale and Dustin Tokarski certainly have a history.

When a brawl broke out in 2013, Pasquale and Tokarski — then with the Crunch — met at center ice and began hurling punches at each other.

Two seasons later, the two became teammates on the St. John’s IceCaps.

In their first time meeting again as competitors, Pasquale and Tokarski kept the game scoreless for nearly 50 minutes. Michael Bournival broke through for a pair of goals late in the third period, as Pasquale and the Syracuse Crunch edged Tokarski and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“He’s probably excited. He played here for a long time and did really well here,” Pasquale said. “He’s a goalie that if you don’t bring your A game, you’re not going to win. He’s been around a long time and had a lot of success. We had a good duel tonight, and it’s good to get the win.”

AHL Game Night: 2-23-18 Phantoms at Crunch

Crunch vets earn win against the team with the second best record in the Eastern Conference.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
8:53 SYR Bournival (14), (Condra, Stephens)
13:52 LV Read (7), (unassisted)(SH)
17:16 SYR Bournival (15), (Condra, Bodie)

Michael Bournival, Pasquale, and Erik Condra were the game's three stars as the Crunch's vets showed up big in a very important win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-21-18 Crunch at Americans

Peca and Ingram help stake Crunch to key 4 point victory.

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Connor Ingram allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:01 RCH Malone (6), (Cornel, Fedun)(SH)

Second Period
1:26 SYR Stephens (18), (Verhaeghe, Masin)
1:36 SYR Peca (9), (Verhaeghe, Bodie)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Matthew Peca and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and second stars. Dominik Masin is also riding a little hot streak with 2 goals and 5 points in his last 5 games.

Syracuse moves 1 point clear of Rochester into third place in a tightly bunched North Division. Toronto is nine points clear of the pack, but Utica, Syracuse, and Rochester and separated by a mere two points between second and fourth position.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Even After Highlight Reel Save, Ingram Pragmatic About His Development


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Connor Ingram isn’t letting one play get to his head.

The Syracuse Crunch goalie made a highlight reel save that ended up on SportsCenter’s Top 10 in a 3-1 win in Charlotte Sunday. Even after a spectacular diving stop with his stick, Ingram focused more on making the next save.

Ingram remains pragmatic about the play and hockey in general as he works his way toward the NHL.

“It went right to left, I slid in and missed my post on the left side and it was a wide open net. You’ve got to do whatever you can to get there, and luckily he just shot it right into my stick,” Ingram said. “I’m not going to take credit for it. It’s a pretty fluky thing that’ll happen.”

AHL Game Day: 2-18-18 Crunch at Checkers

Belated post: Three Third Period goals make Crunch kings of the Queen City (and the Bojangles' Coliseum).

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CHA-1

Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:06 CHA Kichton (2), (Kruger, Carrick)
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Third Period
9:04 SYR Archambault (6), (Masin, Bournival)
16:06 SYR Verhaeghe (10), (Bodie, Cernak)
16:30 SYR Condra (6), (Archambault, Walcott)

Carter Verhaeghe and Ingram were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-17-18 Crunch at Checkers

Hard luck squeaker loss for Pasquale, Crunch.

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CHA-2

Eddie Pasquale allowed just 1 goal on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:25 CHA Carrick (5), (Kruger)

Third Period
18:58 CHA Chelios (4), (Carrick)(EN)

Fun fact: Charlotte's GM (VP of Hockey Operations, technically) is former Lightning prospect goaltender Derek Wilkinson.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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