Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 12-14-12 Crunch at Phantoms

Riku makes the Phantoms' scoring chances disappear.

SYR-3
ADK-0

Riku Helenius stopped all 21 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. Coming into the season, Helenius had just one shutout in 37 career AHL appearances. Now he has two in his first 11 appearances since re-emerging from Finland.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Killorn, (7) (Aulie), 4:53
SYR Panik, (12) (Korobov), 9:39 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Gudas, (2) , 13:44

Helenius, Alex Killorn, and Radko Gudas were the game's three stars. Killorn scored his fourth goal in the past five games.

After a five game scoreless streak, Richard Panik and the Panik attack returned to the scoresheet with a shorthanded goal.

This was a rough, brutal game that saw the teams combining for 119 penalty minutes. If you're looking for one of the biggest differences between the AHL and the NHL versions of the Lightning, it's that the Crunch are tougher than the steak you get at Golden Corral.

Syracuse tries to wrap up a solid week tomorrow at home against the Penguins.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Connolly Scores Twice, Crunch Hang On To Beat Senators 4-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It has been stressed to Brett Connolly that he needs to drive to the net.

The 20-year-old Syracuse Crunch forward followed through against the Binghamton Senators Wednesday at the Onondaga County War Memorial, potting a pair of goals in the Crunch's 4-3 win.

"Coach has been all over me to do that," Connolly said. "That's where I've been scoring all my goals."

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

Connolly cracks Lehner twice, with the help of Korobov.

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SYR-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on just 18 shots for the win.

First Period
SYR Killorn, (6) (Angelidis, Wyman), 9:35
BNG Hoffman, (4) (Da Costa, Benoit), 11:53 (PP)
SYR Taormina, (4) (Conacher, Killorn), 19:25

Second Period
SYR Connolly, (10) (Labrie, Korobov), 11:27
BNG Hoffman, (5) (Silfverberg, Benoit), 18:02 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Connolly, (11) (Korobov, Devos), 7:16
BNG Stone, (3) (Grant, Dziurzynski), 14:06

Brett Connolly and Alex Killorn were the game's first and second stars. Connolly's 11 goals now put him in a tie with teammate Richard Panik and 3 others for 11th in the league in goals, 4 back of leader Tyler Johnson. Killorn, for his part, has goals in 3 of his last 4 games and sits tied for 11th amongst all AHL rookies in scoring.

Congratulations to Dmitry Korobov on his first AHL multi-point game. He's got 5 points in his last 6 games.

Syracuse goes to Adirondack on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 12-9-12 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Thud.

SYR- 2
BRI- 7

Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 13 shots for the loss before being lifted for Dustin Tokarski. Tic did little better, allowing 3 on 13 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
BRI Cizikas, (5) , 1:41 (SH)
BRI Landry, (6) (McDonald, Nelson), 12:34 (PP)
BRI Sundstrom, (7) (Persson, MacKay), 16:02

Second Period
BRI McDonald, (3) (Nelson, Niederreiter), 0:36
BRI Nelson, (10) (McDonald, Ness), 11:15 (PP)
SYR Killorn, (5) (Angelidis, Wyman), 15:27
SYR Brown, (5) (Devos, Taormina), 16:33
BRI Persson, (7) , 18:56

Third Period
BRI McDonald, (4) (Niederreiter, Landry), 12:35 (PP)

There's just no lipstick you can slap on this one to make it look good. Special teams and goaltending got the team behind the eight ball, and they never recovered. Now they've had back-to-back losing weekend sets heading into a game against Binghamton on Wednesday. Bingo's been hot as a firecracker in their past 10 games (9-1-0) and they have the best goaltending in the league, on paper, between Lehner and Bishop. So, it's a tough draw to try to make into a slump buster, and the Crunch have to be ready from the challenge from word "go" or they might get embarrassed again.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Namestnikov Eager to Return to Crunch Lineup


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After only a handful of games, Jon Cooper saw the signs of what was to come from Vladislav Namestnikov.

The Syracuse Crunch head coach watched the same progression in many of the rookies on the Calder Cup-winning Norfolk Admirals last year, whether they were Tampa Bay Lightning picks like Ondrej Palat and Richard Panik, or undrafted free agents like Tyler Johnson and Cory Conacher.

“Those guys that came in, felt out the league, learned it and after Christmas, took off,” Cooper said. “That’s where Vladdy would have been this year, but we’re just going to have to wait a few months for that to happen.”

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