Syracuse Crunch

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.

SYR-2
LV-1

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.

SYR-2
RCH-1

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).

SYR-3
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.

SYR-0
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.

AHL Game Night: 2-14-18 Crunch at Comets

Crunch tell rivals to kiss off on Valentine's Day.

SYR-3
UTI-2 (SO)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 35 shots before stopping all seven shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
1:57 SYR Verhaeghe (9), (Bodie, Cirelli)
6:15 SYR Masin (8), (Stephens, Joseph)

Second Period
12:44 UTI Dziurzynski (1), (Comrie, Cassels)

Third Period
1:39 UTI Wiercioch (6), (Cameranesi, D'Aoust)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- McBain
UTI- NONE

Pasquale and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse's win vaults them 1 point ahead of Utica and Rochester into second place in the North Division with the Comets and Americans both holding a game in hand. Big win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

After Multiple Trades, Verhaeghe Producing for Syracuse Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Carter Verhaeghe is more well-traveled than most 22-year-old hockey players.

Originally drafted by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013, Verhaeghe has been traded twice and split the last two seasons between the ECHL and the AHL.

Verhaeghe believes his experience has helped mold him into a nearly point-per-game player this year for the Syracuse Crunch.

"I've been through a lot in my short career so far, and I think that only helps me," Verhaeghe said. "I've played for a bunch of different coaches and different teams, and I think everything has contributed to the player I am now."

AHL Game Night: 2-11-18 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Third Period excellence allows Syracuse to pull out a winning weekend.

SYR-3
BRI-2

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
12:21 BRI St. Denis (11), (unassisted)(PP)
14:55 SYR Masin (7), (Stephens)
16:52 BRI Dal Colle (6), (Bernier, Burroughs)(PP)

Third Period
3:02 SYR Stephens (17), (Volkov, McNeill)
8:01 SYR Yan (9), (Cernak, Masin)

Dominik Masin, Mitchell Stephens, and Dennis Yan were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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