Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Score Four Times in Third to Extinguish Flames


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After struggling through the second period, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to pull out the win.

The Crunch scored two goals in the first six minutes but the Flames took the lead midway through the second. Syracuse rallied for four goals in the third to beat Adirondack, 7-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"We got our thoughts together and took a few minutes to rest up, and then we said 'They're not going to give us anything, we just have to dig down, dig deep, and find a way,'" Crunch forward Tanner Richard said of what happened during the second intermission. "We all rallied together pretty well and came out with the two points."

AHL Game Night: 3-13-15 Flames at Crunch

Crunch avenge their most humiliating loss of the year.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the win. Credit him for continuing to battle after allowing 4 goals on his first 20 shots faced.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (23) (Ashton, Cote), 4:28
SYR Martindale, (9) (Marchessault), 5:39
ADK Agostino, (6) (Reinhart), 12:27 (SH)

Second Period
ADK Setoguchi, (2) (Vause, Acolatse), 2:15
SYR Ashton, (6) (Richard), 3:35
ADK Acolatse, (5) (Kulak, Arnold), 6:41 (PP)
ADK Agostino, (7) (Setoguchi, Cundari), 11:16

Third Period
SYR Martindale, (10) (Koekkoek, Broll), 2:52
SYR Witkowski, (2) (Richard, Gourde), 11:45
SYR Richard, (11) (Gourde, Ashton), 14:15
SYR Dotchin, (5) (Martindale), 18:29 (EN)

Gudlevskis, Carter Ashton, and Ryan Martindale were the game's three stars. Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard each had 3 point nights as well, so lots of Syracuse players got healthy on the stat sheet tonight.

The Crunch have fallen 6 points out of the conference title chase, but are still up 5 points on Springfield in the division. The real question is whether Syracuse can sustain any success if Vladislav Namestnikov stays with Tampa Bay the rest of the season. It's a tough ask, but the team did manage 7 goals tonight, obviously.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 3-8-15 Crunch at Senators

Missing Vladdy N.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (22) (Ashton, Kunyk), 8:18 (PP)
BNG Wideman, (15) (Robinson, McCormick), 13:02

Second Period
BNG Johnson, (4) (Camper, Prince), 15:50 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Schneider, (19) (D. Grant, Mullen), 11:30 (SH)
BNG D. Grant, (18) (Mullen, Dzingel), 15:16 (PP)
SYR Richard, (10) , 18:05 (PP)

Without Vladislav Namestnikov, the Crunch just seem to be a middle-of-the-road team at best. He and Marchessault are the straws that stir the drink for Syracuse, and they just can't seem to score with one of them out of the lineup.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-6-15 Pirates at Crunch

Roller coaster goes down...

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss. Just wild swings from one game to the next in Gudlevskis' and the team's play.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (17) (Dodero, Blujus), 9:45
POR Dziurzynski, (14) (Hanley, Wathier), 10:17
POR Reese, (7) (Martinook, H. Samuelsson), 16:19
POR Shinnimin, (13) (Szwarz, Hodgman), 17:55

Second Period
SYR Kunyk, (9) (Koekkoek), 15:53
POR H. Samuelsson, (11) (P. Samuelsson, Bolduc), 16:50

Third Period
POR Martinook, (13) , 19:09 (EN)

Mike Angelidis was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Can't Keep Momentum, Fall to Pirates


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Every time the Crunch gained ground, the Pirates stole the momentum.

Portland answered Syracuse goals within a minute in both the first and second period, as the Pirates topped the Crunch, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"They did a good job of striking right after we scored, and that's unacceptable," said Syracuse captain Mike Angelidis. "We can't let that happen, not twice."

Speedy Gourde Develops Into a Top Offensive Threat


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Like many times before, Yanni Gourde turned on the jets.

The Syracuse Crunch forward accepted the relay pass from Vlad Namesntikov in stride at the blue line, stormed in alone on Utica goalie Pat Nagle, and netted the eventual game-winning power play goal in a 4-1 victory Saturday.

Gourde, riding a six game point streak, is using his speed to his advantage to be one of the Crunch's top scoring threats this season.

“(Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis) makes a great play to pass it up to him to give him a breakaway, but no defenseman is going to catch him there because of his speed,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “He just needs to continue to use that. When he is successful, that’s what he does.”

Gudlevskis, Crunch Bounce Back to Top Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Kristers Gudlevskis bounced back.

The Crunch goalie, one night after being pulled in a 7-6 loss to Albany, registered 38 saves and an assist on the game-winning power play goal to lift Syracuse over the Utica Comets, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"It's a new game, that's history and move on," Gudlevskis said of the game Friday. "Most important was to bounce back from yesterday."

AHL Game Night: 2-28-15 Comets at Crunch

Gudlevskis gets his groove back.

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One night removed from allowing 7 goals, Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 39 shots to lead the Crunch to the win. Streakiness, thy name is Kristers Gudlevskis.

First Period
SYR Richard, (8) (Deschamps, Koekkoek), 6:24
UTI Shinkaruk, (7) (Blain, Huskins), 14:01 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (21) (Namestnikov, Gudlevskis), 7:45 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Richard, (9) (Blujus, Ashton), 8:27
SYR Marchessault, (16) (Koekkoek, Namestnikov), 17:49 (EN)

Gudlevskis, Tanner Richard, and Kevin Lynch were the game's three stars.

Don't look now, but first rounder Slater Koekkoek is starting to pick up some steam with 6 helpers in his last 5 games, including back-to-back 2 helper nights. He's also +6 over that span.

Syracuse sits 1 point behind Hershey now for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Devils Use Special Teams to Down Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse tied the score three times and briefly led in the second period, but Albany's special teams play proved to be too much.

The Devils went 4-for-5 with the man-advantage and added a shorthanded marker in the third, as Albany powered past the Syracuse Crunch, 7-6, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

While Crunch head coach Rob Zettler saw some things he liked, the overall game was frustrating.

"We have work to do," Zettler said of the Crunch, who sit in first place in the Northeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference. "We're not where we want to be in a lot of ways, but the bottom line is we continue to work hard and continue to compete. We just have to clean up some of the mess in front of our net and some of the discipline."

AHL Game Night: 2-27-15 Devils at Crunch

Crunch cut their kicker after he misses the extra point?

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 7 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Shot his season save percentage all the way down to .896 in the process. Freshly signed Allen York stopped 4 in mop up duty in relief.

First Period
ALB Sislo, (15) (Hrabarenka, K. Zajac), 5:33 (PP)
ALB Timmins, (7) (Boucher, Scarlett), 10:22 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (14) (Marchessault, Koekkoek), 11:55
SYR Kunyk, (7) (Ashton, Gourde), 16:57 (PP)
ALB Sislo, (16) (Boucher, Helgeson), 17:17

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (20) (Ashton, Namestnikov), 2:58 (PP)
ALB K. Zajac, (3) (Helgeson, Sestito), 8:30 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (14) (Koekkoek, Vermin), 9:55
SYR Kunyk, (8) (Broll, Dodero), 10:33

Third Period
ALB Wohlberg, (5) (D. Zajac), 1:03 (SH)
ALB Matteau, (6) (K. Zajac, Hrabarenka), 3:20 (PP)
ALB D. Zajac, (5) (Helgeson, Wohlberg), 6:51
SYR Marchessault, (15) (Vermin, Dotchin), 9:45 (PP)

Cody Kunyk and Jonathan Marchessault were the game's second and third stars.

I'm trying to imagine what an ex-defenseman like Zettler is going through having given up 10 goals in one game and 7 in another over the last month or so. I suspect it makes him want to peel the paint off the walls with his fingernails. The good news was Syracuse actually got 3 PP goals, but they ultimately lost the game because they were -2 on special teams including surrendering a SH goal. 1/5 on the PK and giving up a SH goal is just awful. There's no sugar coating it.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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