Syracuse breaks out.
SYR Witkowski, (1) (Korobov, DiSalvatore), 3:53
SYR DiSalvatore, (7) (Angelidis, Tyrell), 9:26
SYR Panik, (1) (Namestnikov, Sergeev), 11:39 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (14) (Landry, Mormina), 7:07
SYR Langelier-Parent, (1) (Richard, Rankin), 12:54
York, Jon DiSalvatore, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars. It was a game where almost all of the Crunch's struggling offensive stars, namely Namestnikov and Richard Panik, broke out. More than that, they even got contributions from the likes of Luke Witkowski and Maxim Langelier-Parent, in the form of both young men's first AHL goals. It's they kind of performance this team desperately needed to get their confidence back.
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Mike Angelidis remained adamant after the game: It was in.
The Syracuse Crunch captain appeared to have scored the go-ahead goal on a wraparound early in the third period, but referee Graham Skilliter, who did not see the goal, ruled the video review to be inconclusive.
"It was a goal, I saw it clear as day," Angelidis said. "I saw it go over by a foot. Clear as day. There's nothing you can do. The ref's on the other side, he doesn't see it. It's frustrating, because everybody on the ice on our side and even their guys knew it went in."
The Crunch had three potential goals disallowed, including two by video review in the third period, and the Utica Comets rallied in overtime for a 2-1 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Syracuse has dropped 12 of its last 13 games.
"Our line had probably eight scoring chances tonight, we just couldn't get the one (goal)," Angelidis said. "When we did, it didn't count."
Power outage continues in Syracuse.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. It's another quality start wasted due to lack of goal support.
SYR Labrie, (2) (Paradis, Angelidis), 18:28
UTI Jensen, (13) (O'Reilly, Pelletier), 12:30 (PP)
UTI DeFazio, (9) (O'Reilly, Mullen), 4:02
Desjardins was the game's third star.
It's been a roller coaster season for Syracuse. When they've had dynamic offense, they couldn't keep the puck out of their own net. Now that they're getting better goaltending and defensive play, they can't score to save their own lives. It's hard to figure, really.
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Tanner Richard remembers the view of the bench as much as the goal.
After accepting a pass from Cedric Paquette on a 2-on-1 and burying it for his first professional goal last month, the Syracuse Crunch center felt joy and relief. It took 46 games, but the drought was over.
“It definitely took a while - a lot longer than I hoped for,” Richard said. “It was pretty special for me, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team so excited for a guy like that. After the first 20 games, everyone was pulling for me and trying to get me that goal.”
Like many players, Richard’s rookie season has been full of firsts.
Vlad Namestnikov received the unexpected news earlier this month.
The Syracuse Crunch center went through a range of emotions when he learned he would be making his National Hockey League debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 8.
“It was an unbelievable feeling,” Namestnikov recalled. “Nerves, excitement -- everything together.”
During the first 31 games of his sophomore season, Namestnikov accumulated 13 goals and 30 points to earn the look from the Lightning. Despite already eclipsing his rookie season output of 28 points in 62 games, the first step onto the NHL ice seemed imposing.
“The first period I just couldn’t believe I was there,” Namestnikov said. “Everything seemed so fast and everyone was so big.”