Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 3-17-17 Crunch at Comets

Crunch comeback dissolves into defeat.

SYR-3
UTI-4

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Thus far with Syracuse he is 1-3-1 with a 4.23 GAA and a .868 save percentage. His acquisition has not led to the expected results thus far, needless to say.

First Period
13:22 UTI Rendulic (12), (Pelletier, Robak)

Second Period
14:42 UTI Pelletier (9), (Carcone, Rendulic)
17:44 SYR Ikonen (3), (Comrie, McGinn)(PP)

Third Period
4:05 UTI Archibald (20), (McEneny, Kunyk)(PP)
6:31 SYR Halmo (16), (Ikonen, Koekkoek)
7:01 SYR McGinn (7), (Condra)
8:15 UTI Zalewski (4), (Subban, Bancks)

Tye McGinn was the game's second star. Since returning from injury on 3/3, McGinn has 6-2-8 in 8 games. And there ain't nothing wrong with those stats.

Tonight's game was a frustrating one. Syracuse outshot Utica 38-23 and battled their way back from a pair of 2 goal deficits to get things level in the Third Period only to eventually lose the contest in regulation. The consistency from the net out needs to get dramatically better by the playoffs.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-15-17 Crunch at Phantoms

Crunch make Phantoms vanish in OT.

SYR-5
LV-4 (OT)

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 48 shots for the victory. Suffice it to say McKenna hasn't cloaked himself in glory thus far in Syracuse, but he bathed in the deep waters of sweet, sweet goal support tonight.

First Period
7:40 SYR Koekkoek (2), (Lynch, Vermin)

Second Period
4:09 SYR Kurtz (2), (Thomas, Blujus)
6:54 LV Fazleev (6), (Aube-Kubel)
12:15 LV Martel (17), (McDonald, Zengerle)(PP)
13:15 LV Miele (8), (Conner, Brennan)(PP)

Third Period
8:16 SYR Lynch (3), (McNamee, Racine)
17:56 LV Martel (18), (Alt, Miele)
18:56 SYR Taormina (14), (Lynch)(PP)

Overtime
3:51 SYR McGinn (6), (Taormina, Peca)

Kevin Lynch and Mike McKenna were the game's first and third stars. McKenna was an interesting selection after getting bailed out by a Crunch extra attacker goal that took him off the hook for a late game softie.

Oh hey, look there, it's our old pals Slater Koekkoek and Dylan Blujus on the scoresheet. Where you been? Don't be a stranger.

At the moment, Syracuse holds a 3 point lead atop the North Division with 1 game in hand on Albany.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-12-17 IceCaps at Crunch

Syracuse rallies for a point.

STJ-3
SYR-2 (OT)

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the OT loss and is still looking for his first win with the Crunch since his acquisition.

First Period
12:49 SYR Froese (26), (Ikonen, Vermin)
16:31 STJ Terry (23), (Hudon, Scherbak)

Second Period
14:29 STJ de la Rose (9), (Didier)(SH)

Third Period
2:30 SYR McGinn (5), (Taormina, Vermin)(PP)

Overtime
1:40 STJ Hudon (22), (Audette)

Byron Froese was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Depleted Crunch Fall to IceCaps in Overtime


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It wasn’t the result he hoped for, but Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx liked his team’s effort.

The Crunch — depleted by injuries and call-ups — tied the score early in the third period but fell to the St. John’s IceCaps, 3-2, in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“You know what? Hat’s off to our players,” Groulx said. “It was a great effort. You’re losing Matt Peca last night. We’re losing (Cory) Conacher tonight — couldn’t play. We had a few more guys banged up and we came up with that great effort. It’s a well deserved point.”

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