Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 1-31-15 Crunch at Bears

Vasiy wins the duel.

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HER-2 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots before denying 3 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the win. He's becoming a bit of a legend in the shootout.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Richard, (7) (Gourde, Paradis), 4:22
SYR Gourde, (16) (Angelidis), 6:32 (SH)
HER Newbury, (14) (Byers, Gazley), 17:03

Third Period
HER Cornet, (7) (Galiev, Kundratek), 9:55 (PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Marchessault
HER- NONE

Yanni Gourde was the game's third star. Can you tell the Hershey media picked the three stars?

With the victory, Syracuse has climbed to the top spot in the Eastern Conference, 1 point up on the Manchester Monarchs. That's mildly amazing for a team that's 28th in the league on the PP. Imagine how good the Crunch would be if they had one.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-30-15 Americans at Crunch

Track meet in Syracuse.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the victory. He was not on top of his game and was lucky to be the recipient of a touchdown's worth of goal support.

First Period
SYR Marchessault, (11) (Namestnikov, Blunden), 1:09
RCH Varone, (10) (Catenacci, Austin), 1:45
RCH Irwin, (6) (Schaller, D'Amigo), 2:23
SYR Dotchin, (2) (Richard, Vermin), 8:21 (PP)
SYR Cote, (2) (Angelidis), 19:16

Second Period
RCH Irwin, (7) (Varone, McCabe), 8:01
SYR Blujus, (2) (Vermin, Angelidis), 11:21
SYR Vermin, (8) , 16:14

Third Period
RCH Rankin, (1) , 4:19
SYR Marchessault, (12) (Namestnikov), 19:18 (EN)

Joel Vermin, Mike Angelidis, and Jake Dotchin were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Defense Leads Crunch Past Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

While the forwards got off to a hot start, the Syracuse Crunch defense proved to be the difference.

Syracuse opened the scoring 69 seconds into the game and Rochester answered with a pair of goals in the next 1:24, but three Crunch defensemen registered their second goal of the season in a 6-4 win over the Americans in the first game after the all-star break at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"Bottom line is we've been working on in practice to get our D more involved in the offense, just get them up in the rush so they're in there for shots, more people at the net and D being more active," said Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler. "They were tonight."

Crunch Rally Past Wolf Pack in Third Period


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite falling behind in the opening minutes of the third period, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to rally.

Mike Blunden scored shorthanded for his second goal of the night, Mike Angelidis added the go-ahead goal on the power play two minutes later, and Andrei Vasilevskiy shut the door on multiple scrambles in the final minutes, as the Crunch topped the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, to take the Northeast Division lead heading into the all-star break at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"Mike Blunden was unreal tonight, (Mike) Angelidis was good tonight," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "All the guys you count on night in and night out really stepped up."

AHL Game Night: 1-24-15 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Syracuse takes the division lead heading into the AHL All-Star Break.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. As with last night's game, solid stat line and key saves at key moments.

First Period
SYR Blunden, (12) (Koekkoek, Corrente), 1:29
HFD Allen, (6) (Mueller, Vaive), 5:17 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
HFD Hrivik, (5) (Bodie, Kristo), 2:31
SYR Blunden, (13) (Namestnikov), 7:47 (SH)
SYR Angelidis, (14) (Blunden, Mormina), 9:48 (PP)

Mike Blunden, Mike Angelidis, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

The win allows Syracuse to move 1 point ahead of Springfield into first place in the Northeast Division, 1 point back of Manchester for the conference lead. Almost as important, it allowed the Crunch to expand their lead over the Wolf Pack to 4 points in the ultra-competitive Northeast race, as the Crunch's division might be the toughest in the league this season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Gourde Scores Twice, Crunch Top Phantoms


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Yanni Gourde accepted the pass, saw the empty net and looked to finish off the hat trick.

The Crunch forward, who had his father and 11 other friends and family watching, guarded the puck against the Phantoms defender but had the stick slashed in half before he could finish the backhand motion. Gourde finished with a pair of goals, as Syracuse scored three unanswered goals to top Lehigh Valley, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"I was waiting for those goals for a while," Gourde said. "I've been working hard and they didn't come. Tonight they did. It's special to always score, especially in front of your family."

AHL Game Night: 1-23-15 Phantoms at Crunch

Vasiy and Gourde spook the Phantoms.

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SYR-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. It's a solid stat line, but the real key was making big saves at key junctures of the game, like any really good goaltender does.

First Period
SYR Kunyk, (6) (Lynch, Dodero), 7:21
LV Goumas, (2) (Delisle, Comrie), 17:00
LV Straka, (10) (Goumas, Comrie), 17:24

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (14) , 3:23
SYR Ikonen, (5) (Angelidis, Corrente), 17:45

Third Period
SYR Gourde, (15) (Richard, Vermin), 4:00

Yanni Gourde, Henri Ikonen and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Gourde snapped a 9 game goalless streak with his tally. Ikonen, for his part, has 3 goals in the last 6 games.

With Springfield falling to Hartford tonight, Syracuse moves back to just 1 point back in the division with 1 game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Prospect of the Week: 1-21-15


By Jeremy Houghtaling

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for January 21, 2015 is … Kristers Gudlevskis, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

For Kristers Gudlevskis, every time he straps on the pads is a little bit different.

There has been no better example than the last two weeks. The Syracuse Crunch goalie allowed a pair of goals on nine shots and was pulled after the first period against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton January 10, but rebounded by making 47 saves on 49 shots in more than 97 minutes of ice time in a pair of appearances last weekend.

AHL Game Day: 1-18-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Should've saved some goals from last night.

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BRI-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Quality start, though, nonetheless.

First Period
BRI Mouillierat, (13) (Conacher, Quine), 14:30 (PP)

Second Period
BRI Ness, (6) (McDonald, Conacher), 13:20 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Smith, (9) (Corrente, Richard), 14:52

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

Syracuse ends the weekend 3 points back of Springfield in the division with 1 game in hand on the Falcons.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Crunch rebound quickly to crush Sound Tigers.

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BRI-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory. One silver lining of the spanking the Crunch took against the Senators was that Gudlevskis got some quality PT in garbage time, and he carried that momentum over to tonight.

First Period
SYR Mormina, (2) (Marchessault, Angelidis), 8:47 (PP)
SYR Koekkoek, (3) (Marchessault), 8:58

Second Period
SYR Blunden, (11) (Blujus), 5:29
BRI Courtnall, (3) (Langkow, Pelech), 12:25
SYR Richard, (6) (Blujus, Blunden), 15:56
SYR Namestnikov, (8) , 17:24 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (13) (Blunden, Marchessault), 6:56
BRI Persson, (5) (Stretch, Lashoff), 14:41 (PP)

Mike Blunden, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars.

The other silver lining of the debacle against Bingo is the Crunch had time to collect themselves and get some continuity going with the skeleton lineup in the final 40 minutes of the game, and that also carried over into tonight's game.

Ex-Lightning 7th rounder Justin Courtnall had a goal against the organization that drafted him. Wow, that was a name from the past I wasn't sure I'd ever hear again.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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