Syracuse Crunch

Crunch Score Three Unanswered Goals in Win Over Falcons


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It took some time, but the Crunch shrugged off the rust.

Coming out of a five-day break, Syracuse had the better chances but Springfield took a one-goal lead into the first intermission. The Crunch responded by scoring three unanswered goals in a 3-1 win over the Falcons at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“They got a lucky bounce and went up 1-0, but I think the key for us was to stick to our game,” said Crunch center Tanner Richard. “No one got discouraged, no one stopped believing. We knew we were going to get our chances and the pucks were going to go in eventually. Luckily, we got two in the second and we kept rolling from there.”

AHL Game Night: 12-26-15 Falcons at Crunch

First AHL goal for The Hit Man.

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SYR-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 saves for the victory. In 7 AHL games he's sitting on a stylish .937 save percentage.

First Period
SPR Selleck, (4) (Mauermann, DiSalvatore), 17:33

Second Period
SYR Hart, (1) (DeAngelo, Walcott), 14:05
SYR McGinn, (9) (DeAngelo), 18:01

Third Period
SYR Richard, (1) (Erne), 4:00

Vasilevskiy, Brian Hart, and Anthony DeAngelo were the game's three stars. Hart had his first AHL goal in the contest, while the Lightning's top draft picks like Vasilevskiy, DeAngelo, and Erne continue to produce like top draft picks should.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-20-15 Crunch at Bears

Crunch fritter away a 3 goal lead to fall in OT.

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HER-5 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 44 shots for the OT loss. Hard to be mad at the goaltender when the team gets outshot 44-16.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (7) (Erne, Tambellini), 8:06 (PP)
SYR Erne, (2) (Paradis, Taormina), 10:45 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (8) (DeAngelo, Peca), 13:21 (PP)

Second Period
HER Stanton, (2) (Camper, Walker), 13:39
HER Stephenson, (3) (Barber, Bowey), 14:42

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (11) (Paradis), 2:25 (SH)
HER Collins, (4) (Moore, Walker), 9:00
HER Djoos, (2) (Stephenson, Gazley), 11:22

Overtime
HER Collins, (5) (Stephenson), 0:25

Tye McGinn was the game's third star.

For much of the night, it looked like the Crunch were going to cap a pretty successful weekend with a win. Considering the team was having to play two defensemen at forward because of the injuries up top in Tampa Bay, maybe getting 3 of the possible 6 points out of the set is as successful as can be expected.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-19-15 Penguins at Crunch

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SYR-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Kostopoulos, (7) (Sundqvist, Andersen), 6:20

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
WBS O'Neill, (4) (Mouillierat, Rust), 3:33
WBS Kuhnhackl, (6) (Simon), 5:19

Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

Syracuse actually outshot Wilke-Barre/Scranton 30-23 in the contest, but couldn't find the scoresheet.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Blanked By Penguins


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite significantly outshooting the Penguins in the first period, the Crunch entered the first intermission trailing by a goal.

Syracuse struggled to solve Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Brian Foster, who finished with 30 saves in the Penguins’ 3-0 win over the Crunch at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought we had some great opportunities in the first,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “We had (Jeff) Tambellini all alone in front in the second. I thought their goalie played extroidinarily well … He kept them in the game in the first period, and then we made some mistakes in the third that cost us.”

Vasilevskiy, Power Play Lead Crunch Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With many of Syracuse’s leading scorers called up, the power play still found ways to convert.

The Crunch scored twice with the man-advantage and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves for the shutout, as Syracuse blanked the Binghamton Senators, 4-0, to snap a five-game losing skid at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“They kept it simple. I know that’s cliche but it’s true,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “They get it to the point and they shoot the thing. The way we’re setting up is good and we’re helping each other on the power play. It’s not necessarily about making the plays, but it’s about getting the recoveries, getting the puck back, and getting the puck in. It seems to be working for us right now.”

AHL Game Night: 12-18-15 Senators at Crunch

Vasiy says, "LET THERE BE KITTENS!"

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

First Period
SYR Darcy, (2) (DeAngelo, Peca), 14:44 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Walcott, (1) (Blujus, Broll), 7:46

Third Period
SYR Blujus, (2) (Koekkoek, Peca), 2:38 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (6) (DeAngelo, Blujus), 18:11

Vasilevskiy, Cameron Darcy, and Dylan Blujus were the game's three stars. Darcy's suddenly finding the scoresheet and giving the Crunch some much needed offensive punch.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Darcy Making Most of Opportunity with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Cameron Darcy scored his first professional goal Saturday. Maybe.

The Syracuse Crunch forward’s shot from the slot went into a crowd in front of the Toronto net, ended up in the back of the net, and was initially waved off due to a hand pass. After a video review, Darcy was awarded the game-tying goal that sent the game to overtime, but the tape has since been sent to the American Hockey League for verification.

Darcy isn’t sweating his stats. Instead, with so many players called up to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the rookie center is focused on making the most of his opportunity to be a regular in the Crunch lineup.

“Every time I’m on the ice and every game I get in, I get a chance to prove who I am as a player and I try to show the coaching staff that I can play the game well and I can make a difference when I’m in there,” Darcy said after practice on Monday. “I just need to take advantage of every opportunity I’m put in and just roll with it.”

Crunch Rally, But Fall to Marlies in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With the help of a video review, Syracuse rallied in the third period but couldn’t complete the comeback.

The Crunch erased a two-goal deficit in the final 17 minutes of regulation but the Marlies found the game-winner in overtime, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 4-3, in at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The Crunch earned a point, but have dropped five-straight games.

“It was a good start, but they got the power play goal and we were on our heals for a period, and then we decided to play some hockey and play with energy,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler.

AHL Game Night: 12-12-15 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch show character in OT loss.

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SYR-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (5) (Angelidis, Gourde), 4:51
TOR Brennan, (9) (Nylander, Panik), 15:00 (PP)
TOR Frattin, (5) (Carrick, Leipsic), 16:06
TOR Campbell, (7) (Leipsic, Arcobello), 17:16

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (6) (Gourde, Richard), 3:02 (PP)
SYR Darcy, (1) (Erne, Vermin), 17:39

Overtime
TOR Valiev, (2) (Kapanen), 2:21

Cameron Darcy and Yanni Gourde were the game's second and third stars.

Kind of like the Lightning up top, tonight the Crunch sought redemption against a stacked Marlies team that embarrassed them the last time the two teams met. And, like the Lightning, the Crunch proved they can compete against a top flight team. The fact they pulled out a point was the differing story line, and one that Tampa Bay can envy.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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