Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 10-13-17 Senators at Crunch

Yan can cook.

BEL-2
SYR-4

Michael Leighton allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:04 SYR McGinn (1), (McBain, Conacher)(PP)

Second Period
9:17 SYR Yan (1), (Cirelli, Akeson)
11:12 BEL DiDomenico (2), (Murray, Blunden)
18:58 BEL McCormick (1), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
3:53 SYR Yan (2), (Akeson, Stephens)
19:05 SYR Cirelli (1), (Conacher, Bournival)(EN)

Dennis Yan and Jason Akeson were the game's first and second stars.

Although less hyped and arguably less well-rounded than some of his fellow rookies, Yan does one thing really well. And, if you're going to be good at just one thing, scoring goals might be the one you'd want to pick. He potted the first two goals of his pro career. Fellow rookie Anthony Cirelli also got his first pro goal on the insurance empty netter.

Syracuse grabbed their first win of the campaign to even their record at 1-1-1-0.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Cernak's Work Ethic Impresses Crunch's Groulx


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After Erik Cernak’s first weekend with the Syracuse Crunch, head coach Benoit Groulx’s assessment was nothing but positives.

Strong skater. Big body. Good shot.

Most importantly, Groulx believes Cernak’s work ethic is what could eventually earn the 20-year-old defenseman a spot in the NHL.

“I like the package, now I think it’s about more maturity in his game,” Groulx said of the 6-3, 221-pounder. “He’s got a lot of qualities as a person and a player, and he’s probably one of the hardest working guys we have here. That’s a compliment, because we have many guys that are working hard.

“He’s played well so far in the two games. He has to bring more consistency, but I think he’s got a lot of room to develop and become a very good player.”

Crunch Fall to Americans in Home Opener


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch came into the night shorthanded on the blue line.

The Crunch iced a lineup with just five defensemen after one player was hurt and another had a family issue arise. Syracuse held Rochester to 18 shots on goal, but the Crunch fell to the Americans, 3-2, in overtime in the homer opener at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“My hat’s off to our D. The five of them were outstanding (in their) second game in two nights,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It’s very demanding and my hat’s off to them because they hung in there and they did a fantastic job.”

AHL Game Night: 10-7-17 Americans at Crunch

Ex-Lightning prospect bests new Lightning prospect.

RCH-3
SYR-2 (OT)

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the OT loss in his pro debut.

First Period
10:33 RCH Smith (1), (Fedun, Redmond)(PP)
16:16 SYR Conacher (1),(Thomas, Peca)

Second Period
1:49 RCH Criscuolo (1), (Smith, Nelson)

Third Period
11:51 SYR Lynch (1), (Stephens, Thomas)

Overtime
0:39 RCH Porter (1), (unassisted)

Cory Conacher and Ben Thomas were the game's second and third stars.

Ex-Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox helped Rochester overcome a 26-18 shot deficit to pull out the win for the Americans.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-6-17 Crunch at Americans

Syracuse fails to unlock Linus Ullmark.

SYR-1
RCH-3

Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

First Period
18:32 RCH Bailey (1), (Redmond)

Second Period
1:06 RCH Moses (1), (Criscuolo, Smith)(PP)

Third Period
14:37 RCH Bailey (2), (unassisted)
17:34 SYR Stephens (1), (Erne, Bodie)

Syracuse drops their opener despite outshooting Rochester 29-20.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Erne Looks to Prove Himself With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne is back in the AHL and ready to demonstrate why he belongs at the next level.

The winger earned his first promotion to Tampa Bay last year and finished the regular season with the Lightning. Erne was returned to Syracuse for the playoffs, and suited up for all 22 games on the Crunch’s road to the Calder Cup Finals.

As he begins his third professional season, Erne knows making that next step to the NHL full-time is all about consistency.

"I think just being dominant every night and proving that I deserve to be at the next level," Erne said of what it would take to earn a spot with the Lightning. "I think I have the tools to get there, it's just a matter of using them every night."

Crunch Drop Preseason Finale to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch cut their deficit to one goal in the third period, but the Utica Comets were quick with their answer.

The Comets’ Anton Cederholm scored 1:07 after Jason Akeson got the Crunch on the board, as Utica topped Syracuse, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday. The teams split the two-game preseason series.

For Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, the weekend showed the work that needs to be done before the regular season opener on Friday.

“I thought we played a good game last night. We had a lot of energy and today — the last game before we start thinking about real things — and I think we didn’t have good legs. No execution,” Groulx said. “Their team was much better than us. They were skating better. They were moving the puck way better. I thought it was the opposite last night.
“Overall, (I’m) very happy with training camp. We had a good week and we still have a lot to do. This game showed we still have a lot of work to do.”

AHL Preseason Game Day: 9-30-17 Crunch at Comets

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UTICA, N.Y. – Dennis Yan scored twice in the second period to lift the Syracuse Crunch over the Utica Comets, 3-2, in the team's first preseason game tonight at Kennedy Arena.

Full story from SyracuseCrunch.com

Groulx, Crunch Look to Turn Page on Last Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Benoit Groulx paused before answering the question.

“How long did it take for you to get over that finals loss? Was it a whole summer thing?”

The Crunch head coach, whose team fell in six games to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Calder Cup Finals in his first year behind the Syracuse bench last season, smiled and shrugged. While Groulx believes his team had a good showing, it was tough to come up just short.

Groulx and the Crunch are looking to turn the page as they begin their 2017-18 campaign.

“We have many different faces,” Groulx said. “We have nine or 10 rookies on the team, but we also have solid vets — guys with a lot of experience in this league. We want to play a certain style, and that’s our goal to be competitive and see where we’re at when it starts.”

Bolts Ink Last RFA, Sign F Tye McGinn to 1 Year deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McGinn, 27, skated in 21 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, posting 10 goals and 19 points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. McGinn missed most of the regular season due to injury. Four of his 10 goals came while on the power play. McGinn also skated in 22 Calder Cup playoff games with the Crunch, recording five goals and 16 points. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound forward has appeared in 256 career AHL games over five seasons, collecting 76 goals and 142 points.

The Fergus, Ontario native has skated in 89 career NHL games, including two with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season. McGinn has notched nine goals and 17 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes in his NHL career. He made his Lightning debut on November 1, 2015 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

McGinn was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round, 119th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

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