Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 12-27-19 Devils at Crunch

Crunch cough up late lead to leave a point on the rink.


Spencer Martin allowed 1 goal on 30 shots before conceding to 1 out of 2 shooters in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. A team as talented as Syracuse is offensively should afford Mr. Martin a bit more goal support than that.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
8:50 SYR Barre-Boulet (12), (Smith, Martel)
17:02 BNG Bastian (4), (McLeod)


BNG- Maltsev

Martin was the game's third star, eventually dropping the goaltending duel with long time NHL vet Cory Schneider.

This team is just really not in a position in the standings to be dropping points by not protecting leads late in games, and when you've got oodles of veteran AHL stars on your club up front, you gotta score more than one rinky dink goal on the last place team in the division. It's an organization-wide thing for most of this year: they should be better than this and it's hard to place a finger on exactly why they're not especially down in Syracuse. Up top (goaltending) the picture's a little clearer.

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AHL Game Night: 12-21-19 Devils at Crunch

Crunch rebound with strong opening period to exorcise Devils.


Mike Condon allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the win.

First Period
3:06 SYR Yan (7), (Valleau, Barre-Boulet)
3:18 SYR Barre-Boulet (11), (Yan, Somppi)
17:49 BNG Schmelzer (4), (Maltsev)
18:54 SYR Conacher (9), (Colton, Katchouk)

Second Period
3:10 SYR Conacher (10), (Smith, Gaunce)(PP)
6:54 BNG Schmelzer (5), (Maltsev, Jacobs)

Third Period
19:17 SYR Joseph (1), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)

Condon, Cory Conacher, and Alex Barre-Boulet were the game's three stars.

This was a game where the final score probably wasn't indicative of the run of play. After the Crunch staked themselves to the quick two goal lead, Bingo had the clear possession advantage the rest of the way and ended up outshooting the Crunch 37-21 in the contest. Hence Condon being the first star of the game. Either way, it's a critical win to bust a slump before it gets out of hand. At a certain point the Crunch are going to need to stop treading water in the bottom third of the North Division and make their run, though.

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AHL Game Night: 12-20-19 Senators at Crunch



Spencer Martin allowed 6 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:45 BEL Kelly (2), (LaBate, Cassels)

Second Period
1:19 SYR Masin (1), (Volkov, Mueller)(SH)
12:22 SYR Mueller (11), (Conacher, Gaunce)(PP)
13:32 BEL Abramov (11), (Batherson, Aspirot)

Third Period
2:21 BEL LaBate (2), (Cassels, Kelly)
7:00 BEL Szwarz (10), (Balcers, Davidsson)
10:29 BEL Norris (12), (Corrado, Abramov)
16:56 BEL Chalapik (2), (Balcers, Aspirot)(SH)(EN)
17:42 SYR Foote (2), (Volkov, Katchouk)(PP)
18:22 BEL Kelly (3), (Corrado, LaBate)

Chris Mueller was the game's third star.

It's wild to think Syracuse held a lead more than halfway through the Second Period and that things went down the tubes that badly in the Third Period. Lordy.

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AHL Game Night: 12-18-19 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Crunch drop points on another disappointing closing period.


Spencer Martin allowed 3 goals on 41 shots for the loss.

First Period
15:58 SYR Smith (10), (Katchouk, Barre-Boulet)

Second Period
8:08 BRI Ladd (6), (St. Denis, Durandeau)

Third Period
1:23 SYR Yan (6), (Masin, Smith)
5:43 BRI Bellows (8), (McDonald, Hutton)
12:24 BRI Ladd (7), (St. Denis, Durandeau)

Maybe Syracuse didn't deserve points from this game after being outshot 41-20 and being dramatically outpossessed the final 40 minutes of play, but it's been several times over the past few weeks that Syracuse has had a Third Period lead and come away with nada in the standings at the end of the night. And, considering there's only a three point gap between third place in the North Division and where the Crunch sit in sixth, it's a big deal at the moment. They've got to get better at protecting leads and closing out games or they're going to miss the postseason.

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