Syracuse Crunch

Vasilevskiy, Special Teams Play Lead Crunch Over Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse got a boost in net and with the man-advantage.

The Crunch rode the momentum from their power play work and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 27 saves on 28 shots, as Syracuse cruised past the Hershey Bears, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial on Friday.

“He’s there when you need him, that’s for sure,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said of Vasilevskiy. “He was there for us early there for us, he was there late for us. I thought our middle part was really good, but he made some big saves for us.”

AHL Game Night: 10-30-15 Bears at Crunch

No Marchessault? No problem.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. Syracuse is off until next Friday now, and in the absence of anymore games this weekend the logical conclusion is that Vasilevskiy will find his way back up to Tampa Bay pretty soon with Gudlevskis coming back down by Friday's contest. We'll see if that's how it pans out. 2-0 with a 1.04 GAA and a .965 save percentage is a pretty nice conditioning stint for a goaltender, from where I sit.

First Period
HER Gazley, (2) (Bowey), 2:46

Second Period
SYR Taormina, (2) (Gourde, Tambellini), 11:36 (PP)
SYR DeAngelo, (3) (Peca, Taormina), 11:52

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (3) (Taormina), 2:28
SYR Blunden, (3) (Blujus, DeAngelo), 6:43 (PP)

Matt Taormina, Jeff Tambellini, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

Don't look now, but Anthony DeAngelo's got 7 points in his first 8 pro games. He's also averaging over 3 SOG's a game, which is symptomatic of fancy stat magic, from what I understand. Will his offensive game immediately translate from junior to pro? It appears so. Tonight was his first multi-point game with the Crunch.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-28-15 Crunch at Marlies

Vasiy returns.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
TOR Clune, (2) (Soshnikov, Gauthier), 5:29 (PP) GIF
SYR Vermin, (1) (McGinn, Witkowski), 14:55 GIF

Second Period
SYR DeAngelo, (2) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 6:56 GIF

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (1) (Marchessault, Tambellini), 15:31 GIF

Anthony DeAngelo, Vasilevskiy GIF, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Rookie Defenseman DeAngelo Contributing Offense for Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Anthony DeAngelo picked up the loose puck, swooped down the edge of the right wing circle, and picked his spot over the goalie’s glove.

The Syracuse defenseman’s first professional goal during the third period Sunday in Rochester sent the game to overtime and secured a point in the standings for the Crunch. Six games into his rookie season, DeAngelo is showing he can chip in on the scoresheet, but is working on improving his defensive game to take the next step to the National Hockey League.

“It was a little bit of a broken offensive play, but he gathered the puck around the half wall and was patient enough with it to wait and allow their defense to bite a little before he took the shot,” said Syracuse Head Coach Rob Zettler. “He got himself into the prime scoring area, and it was a helluva shot. It went short side high and it was a big goal for us.”

AHL Game Night: 10-25-15 Crunch at Americans

Tough weekend ends with SO loss.

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RCH-4 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 40 shots but allowed both shooters to light the lamp in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. With news coming down today that Kevin Poulin cleared waivers, a provocative question about where Wilcox will be getting starts in the near future begs asking. Vasilevskiy will soon be back with Tampa Bay, pushing Gudlevskis back down to Syracuse and potentially making the best move for the organization finding Wilcox a place to get a starting role in the ECHL. He needs playing time to develop, and I don't see that happening as quickly with sparing appearances in a crowded crease situation in Syracuse.

First Period
RCH Varone, (2) (Donovan), 8:41 (PP) GIF

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (1) (Witkowski, Koekkoek), 0:49 GIF
RCH Baptiste, (1) (O'Reilly, Leduc), 2:15 GIF
SYR Blunden, (2) (Marchessault, Tambellini), 15:22 GIF

Third Period
RCH Akeson, (3) (Varone, O'Reilly), 4:57 (PP) GIF
SYR DeAngelo, (1) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 10:24 GIF

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
RCH- Varone GIF, Akeson GIF
SYR- NONE

Anthony DeAngelo scored his first AHL goal in the loss and was named the game's third star. Through six games the rookie has a respectable 1 goal and 4 points with a -1 rating.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-24-15

Syracuse's offensive frustration continues.

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Allen York allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
UTI Gaunce, (1) (Subban, Jensen), 4:12
UTI Jones, (1) (Subban, Friesen), 11:45 (PP)

Second Period
UTI Vey, (1) (Biega), 14:42 (PP)

Third Period
UTI Shinkaruk, (4) (Hamilton, Negrin), 1:35

Bolt Prospects alumni Blair Jones potted a goal for Utica and was named the third star. Of all the treacheries...

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Rally Comes Too Late in Loss to Wolf Pack


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The last-minute rally provided little consolation.

The Crunch netted a pair of goals in the final 57 seconds but couldn’t overcome their struggles in the second period and on special teams, as Syracuse fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“We had flurries late, but the damage should have been done in the first period,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “We failed to take advantage of two 5-on-3s. They got a 5-on-3 and they took advantage of it. That ended up being the difference in my mind.”

AHL Game Night: 10-23-15 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Not as close as the score indicates.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss. They'd have been completely run out of the building without him. As it was, he gave them only a tiny glimmer of hope with several solid stops.

First Period
HFD Graves, (1) (Bourque, Oleksuk), 3:33
SYR Marchessault, (3) (DeAngelo, Vermin), 5:58 (PP)

Second Period
HFD Tambellini, (3) (Gibbons, Megna), 12:42
HFD Tambellini, (4) (Hrivik, Bodie), 18:46 (PP)

Third Period
HFD Nehring, (3) (Glass, Graves), 17:14 (EN)
SYR Blujus, (1) (Peca, McGinn), 19:03
SYR Peca, (2) (Blunden, Gourde), 19:58 (PP)

Wilcox was the game's second star. The wrong Tambellini got first star.

You can't even call it a false hope goal when you get it cut to 1 goal deficit with less than a second left.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Erne Brings Size to Crunch's Top Line


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne knows what he brings to the table every time he hits the ice.

The sturdy left winger, who has begun his rookie season on the Syracuse Crunch’s top line, is responsible for doing the dirty work down low, getting to the front of the net and creating space for his linemates.

Listed at 6-1, 210-pounds, Erne is continuing to develop as a power forward to make the next step to the NHL.

“He has a good work ethic, a big body, and he’s been good down low,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “He’s still got to work on some of the details of his game, you can find him a lot with his stick up in the air. But overall, he’s been fine. He’s working hard and getting chances on the power play and five-on-five.”

AHL Game Night: 10-18-15 Crunch at Wolf Pack

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Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss in his season debut. So Gudlevskis starts the season the clear top dog in the crease.

First Period
SYR Peca, (1) (Vermin, Dotchin), 12:19 GIF GIF

Second Period
HFD Hrivik, (1) (Adam, Andersson), 12:33 GIF
HFD Megna, (1) (Tambellini), 13:57 GIF

Third Period
HFD Bourque, (1) (Diaz, Gibbons), 3:05 (PP) GIF
HFD Gibbons, (2) , 15:05 GIF
SYR Paradis, (2) (Taormina, McGinn), 16:55 GIF
HFD Hughes, (1) (Bodie, Nehring), 18:14 (EN/SH)GIF

Matthew Peca potted his first goal and first point of the season. He's an important piece if Syracuse is going to improve on last season's performance.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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