Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 2-25-17 Americans at Crunch

Usher Condra lets it burn in Crunch victory.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory. After going into the Third Period with the all important 3 goal lead, Wilcox did eventually surrender a couple of goals including the false hope goal early in the final frame. But, he was able to hold the fort the rest of the way to get the W.

First Period
0:46 SYR Condra (8), (Peca, Brodeur)
7:23 SYR Gourde (20), (Halmo, Vermin)(PP)
12:00 SYR Condra (9), (Walcott, Taormina)

Second Period
11:03 RCH Nylander (7), (Grant, Kennedy)(PP)
15:59 SYR Condra (10), (Gourde, Thomas)

Third Period
2:25 RCH Bonis (6), (Cornel, Catenacci)
4:17 RCH Baptiste (20), (Kennedy, Catenacci)

Erik Condra and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Condra had the home crowd screaming "yeah!" with his first pro hat trick while Gourde hit 20 goals for the second time as an AHL'er. Matthew Peca, somewhat quietly, has 1 goal and 7 points in his last 8 contests.

Syracuse pulls 2 points clear of Albany and 4 points clear of Toronto with the victory, and with both of those teams dropping their games in regulation tonight, the Crunch retained all their games in hand. Beautiful.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lightning Swap Minor League Wingers with Arizona

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for right wing Jeremy Morin, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Fournier, 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, has played in 29 games with the Tucson Roadrunners this season, recording two goals and four points. He has played in 139 career AHL games with the Roadrunners, St. John’s IceCaps, Springfield Falcons and Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 24-year-old has also played in 18 career ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers and the Brampton Beast, notching six points.

AHL Game Night: 2-24-17 Crunch at Americans

Crunch score a pair of goals in the final 1:11 to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 23 shots. Blew a Third Period lead giving up 2 goals. Got the goal support with 2 goals thereafter to get it back. Clean living.

First Period
11:05 RCH Austin (2), (Nelson, Kennedy)
19:11 SYR Peca (7), (Comrie, Taormina)(PP)

Second Period
6:44 RCH Schneider (19), (O'Reilly, Fedun)(PP)
7:11 SYR Vermin (12), (Ward)
17:16 SYR Lynch (2), (Halmo, Vermin)

Third Period
1:27 RCH Fasching (5), (Burgdoerfer, Grant)
12:49 RCH Fasching (6), (Mullen, Grant)
18:49 SYR Erne (14), (Peca, Comrie)(PP)
19:54 SYR Gourde (19), (Condra, Peca)

Yanni Gourde and Joel Vermin were the game's first and third stars.

Adam Erne got the late equalizer on the power play. Since returning from injury he has a stylish 6 goals and 9 points in 7 games.

Syracuse is tied atop the North Division with Albany at 64 points with 2 games in hand on the Devils. Toronto lurks 2 points back with the Crunch holding a single game in hand on the Marlies.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-22-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch can't protect the old 2 goal lead at the matinee.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
10:19 SYR Conacher (11), (Halmo, Thomas)
15:29 SYR Conacher (12), (Erne, Gourde)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
1:07 TOR Findlay (6), (Rychel)
9:42 TOR Timashov (11), (Smith, Dermott)(PP)

Overtime
1:13 TOR Findlay (7), (Holl, Rychel)

Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

What a tough pill to swallow. The Crunch played an excellent road game to build the 2 goal Third Period lead and had a 30-23 shot advantage on the game. They got everything but the final result.

Syracuse moves into a tie with Albany at 62 points atop the North Division with 2 games in hand. However, Toronto lurks just 2 points back with the Crunch holding 1 game in hand on the Marlies.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-19-17 Crunch at IceCaps

Crunch avenge last night's embarrassment.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:33 SYR Thomas (2), (Vermin, Koekkoek)
8:51 SYR Erne (12), (Comrie, Taormina)(PP)
11:42 SYR Darcy (3), (Brodeur)

Second Period
9:54 STJ Terry (19), (Friberg, Johnston)(PP)

Third Period
0:54 SYR Erne (13), (Condra, Taormina)(PP)
5:27 STJ Hudon (18), (Terry, Johnston)(PP)
5:47 STJ Terry (20), (Scherbak, Redmond)(PP)
11:28 SYR Halmo (14), (Gourde, Vermin)

Adam Erne and Yanni Gourde were the game's second and third stars. In 5 games since returning from injury, Erne has 5 goals and 7 points. He's making a play to get another callup to Tampa Bay before the end of the year.

A wise old hockey man once told me how incredibly difficult it is to beat a team on back-to-back days if you humiliate them in the first game. Pride kicks in. That's about what happened today.

Syracuse moved 1 point back of Albany for the top spot in the North Division with 2 games in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-18-17 Crunch at IceCaps

Sigh.

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Kristers Gudelevskis allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 2 on 17 the rest of the way.

First Period
6:18 STJ Terry (18), (Redmond, Scherbak)(PP)
9:22 STJ de la Rose (4), (Friberg, Johnston)
11:00 SYR Taormina (13), (Peca, Erne)(PP)

Second Period
8:37 STJ Matteau (9), (de la Rose, Brouillette)
11:32 STJ Broll (5), (Gregoire, Ranger)
18:24 STJ de la Rose (5), (Farnham)

Third Period
1:08 STJ Redmond (2), (Terry, Scherbak)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-15-17 Crunch at Devils

Catastrophic meltdown in key divisional matchup.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 6 goals on 29 shots before being lifted for Kristers Gudlevskis, who stopped all 6 shots he faced the rest of the way.

First Period
15:22 ALB Rooney (9), (Kujawinski, MacWilliam)
18:20 ALB Sexton (18), (Quenneville, Gibbons)(PP)

Second Period
12:39 ALB Gibbons (11), (Coleman, Scarlett)
14:26 ALB Coleman (17), (Novak, MacWilliam)
16:18 ALB Quenneville (11), (Sexton, Auvitu)(PP)
19:21 ALB Mozik (8), (Straka, Scarlett)(PP)

Third Period
4:34 SYR Comrie (7), (Morin)

Well, at least they won the Third Period.

Syracuse falls 1 point behind Albany atop the North Division with the loss, although they still hold 2 games in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Erne Doesn't Miss a Beat in Return From Injury


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne looks like he hasn’t missed a beat.

The Syracuse Crunch forward missed a little more than a month with a lower body injury, but was able to return to the lineup last weekend. Erne recorded three points in a 5-2 win over Rochester Saturday, and added a goal in Sunday’s 3-2 victory in Utica.

Erne is focused on consistency as he pushes for a spot in the NHL.

“It’s just a matter of getting back in a game and getting used to the speed and whatnot,” Erne said of his return. “Luckily, it didn’t take too long. Now it’s just a matter of doing it night in and night out.”

AHL Game Night: 2-12-17 Crunch at Comets

Crunch finds the antidote to rid themselves of UTI.

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Kristers Gudlevskis put on a show, turning aside 39 of 41 shots for the win, therby helping Syracuse overcome a 41-17 shot deficit.

First Period
6:54 SYR Erne (11), (Brodeur, Koekkoek)

Second Period
5:52 SYR Gourde (18), (Conacher)(SH)
10:12 UTI Rendulic (5), (Kunyk, Grenier)(PP)
13:25 SYR Vermin (11), (Peca)

Third Period
13:52 UTI Pedan (3), (Archibald)

Gudlevskis and Joel Vermin were the game's first and second stars.

Adam Erne now has goals in each of his two games since returning from injury. You can't help but wonder if his cup of coffee with the Lightning gave him an extra jolt of confidence that's showing up in his play. He's a first round caliber talent if he puts it all together.

Syracuse moves 1 point up on Albany for the top spot in the North Division with the win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Early Spark Lifts Crunch to Win Over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

There was a big hit, a fight and two goals — and that was just the first 3:34.

Mike Halmo’s bout and goals by Yanni Gourde and Cameron Darcy got the Crunch out to a fast start against the Americans, as Syracuse defeated Rochester, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought we were ready for this game tonight,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Obviously, Mike Halmo set the tone right away, right off the bat. He’s a competitor and he’s a guy that when he gets involved physically, he’s at his best.”

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