Roller coaster goes down...
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.
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
SYR Kunyk, (9) (Koekkoek), 15:53
POR H. Samuelsson, (11) (P. Samuelsson, Bolduc), 16:50
POR Martinook, (13) , 19:09 (EN)
Mike Angelidis was the game's third star.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
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."
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.”
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."
Gudlevskis gets his groove back.
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.
SYR Richard, (8) (Deschamps, Koekkoek), 6:24
UTI Shinkaruk, (7) (Blain, Huskins), 14:01 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (21) (Namestnikov, Gudlevskis), 7:45 (PP)
SYR Richard, (9) (Blujus, Ashton), 8:27
SYR Marchessault, (16) (Koekkoek, Namestnikov), 17:49 (EN)
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.