Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Continue to Struggle, Fall to Amerks 5-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Richard Panik was in the right place at the right time.

The Syracuse Crunch forward, stationed just outside the Rochester Americans' crease, watched as the puck trickled away from a sprawling David Leggio.

"I was standing on the goal line and I tapped it in," Panik said.

With the game tied, the tide seemed to turn in the Crunch's favor.

But that feeling was brief.

Before the goal was finished being announced, Rochester retook the lead on a Rick Schofield goal. The Americans scored three more times before the Crunch could respond, as Syracuse fell 5-3 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

AHL Game Night: 2-2-13 Americans at Crunch

It's starting to feel like Rochester has Syracuse's number.

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Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 21 shots for the loss. That's an ugly stat line and a bitter pill for the whole team to swallow when they outshot Rochester 46-21.

First Period
RCH Rissmiller, (1) (McNabb), 11:48 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Panik, (20) (Wyman, Angelidis), 11:28
RCH Schofield, (6) (Varone, Legault), 12:06
RCH Crawford, (3) (McNabb, Rissmiller), 14:16 (PP)

Third Period
RCH Sundher, (4) (Mancari, Porter), 7:34
RCH Porter, (14) (Mancari, Gauthier-Leduc), 9:21
SYR Connolly, (17) (Killorn, Korobov), 12:50
SYR Gauthier, (5) (Barberio), 17:23

Richard Panik notched his 20th goal of the season in the defeat. Alex Killorn is tied with Jason Zucker of Houston for second in rookie scoring behind Justin Schultz, whose callup to Edmonton puts the Rookie of the Year award in play for Killorn.

But first, Syracuse needs to shake off the futility of this weekend.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-1-13 Crunch at Falcons

A Bolt Prospects Alumni haunts his former organization.

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SPR-5

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SPR Craig, (13) (MacLeod, Drazenovic), 0:42 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (16) (Killorn, Barberio), 8:37 (PP)
SPR Goloubef, (3) (Drazenovic, MacLeod), 10:46
SPR Chaput, (7) (Drazenovic), 12:51 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Craig, (14) , 12:01 (SH)
SYR Wyman, (5) (Panik, Barberio), 16:53 (PP)
SYR Killorn, (16) (Jacques, Barberio), 18:04 (PP)
SPR Chaput, (8) (Craig), 19:08 (EN)

Bolt Prospects Alumni Ryan Craig with 2 goals, including the GWG, and assists on the empty netter to seal it. Cold blooded.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Pound IceCaps, 6-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It was the perfect recipe for some ruckus and a rally, and the Syracuse Crunch had all the ingredients.

Dragging a four-game losing streak into a game against the St. John's IceCaps, a team that had come back from a four-goal deficit the last times the teams squared-off, the already frustrated Crunch allowed three straight IceCaps goals and trailed 3-2 in the second period.

And then the gloves went flying.

Syracuse defenseman Dmitry Korobov crunched IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray in the corner, drawing a crowd. As the line brawl started, Crunch goalie Dustin Tokarski shared a look down the ice with fellow netminder Eddie Pasquale, shrugged, and before he knew it, was swinging at center ice.

"I was just running on adrenaline," Tokarski said. "It was fun. It's good to get the first one out of the way."

The fisticuffs sparked the Crunch, who scored four unanswered goals en route to a 6-3 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

AHL Game Night: 1-26-13 IceCaps at Crunch

Breakthrough.

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Dustin Tokarski (pictured) allowed 3 goals on 18 shots before being kicked out of the game for leaving his crease to beat Eddie Pasquale like a drum. Key point: Eddie Pasquale is 6'3" 220 lbs. Tic is 6'0" 194 lbs. Didn't matter. Tic was like a rabid wolverine on its prey. He became a folk legend tonight. Oh, yeah, and Riku Helenius stopped all 15 shots he faced the rest of the way for the win (yawn).

First Period
SYR Killorn, (14) (Panik, Barberio), 14:50 (PP)
SYR Wyman, (4) , 17:37 (SH)

Second Period
STJ Arsene, (1) (Mouillierat), 1:46
STJ Mouillierat, (4) (O'Dell, Melchiori), 2:35
STJ Cormier, (3) (Klingberg), 4:46 (PP)
SYR Wilson, (1) (Oberg, Panik), 9:16

Third Period
SYR Killorn, (15) (Johnson, Barberio), 3:40 (PP)
SYR Cote, (1) (Angelidis, Killorn), 15:58
SYR Panik, (19) (Johnson, Korobov), 19:44

Alex Killorn and Richard Panik were the game's first and second stars. Panik's game was his first back from a 3 game suspension, and he came out like an animal that's been caged up too long with 1 goal and 3 points to show for his night. The Panik attack has equalled his goal total from a season ago and the sky is the limit if he keeps playing like that. Killorn snapped a personal three game scoreless streak in style with 2 goals and 3 points, as the entire Syracuse team had a breakthrough.

This was a huge win for this team, after suffering through the post-lockout malaise. They're still not at full strength with Taormina still out, but getting Panik tonight and winning an emotional, brawl-filled game by blowing a team off the rink in the Third Period goes a long way toward rekindling the club's confidence. They've been slowly recalibrating the bomb sites despite the setbacks and frustrations of the past few games, and tonight St. John's (and Eddie Pasquale's face, for that matter) was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Springfield is next on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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