Despite Significantly Outshooting Senators, Crunch Fall 6-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite outshooting Binghamton 22-8 in the second period and 42-20 overall, the Syracuse Crunch fell to the Senators 6-2 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

Syracuse struggled to solve Binghamton goalie Nathan Lawson, who stopped multiple odd-man rushes and point black opportunities. He finished with 40 saves and was the first star of the night.

"We had plenty of chances to score," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "We got sloppy. We weren't stopping on pucks, we weren't doing some little details. The chances they had were good -- I didn't think they had a lot of them -- but the chances they had were good."

Mike Hoffman opened the scoring for the Senators 7:05 into the first period.

The Crunch's Vladislav Namestnikov evened the score 10 minutes later by banking the puck off Lawson and into the back of the net. Nikita Kucherov and Matt Taormina each recorded an assist.

"I saw (Nikita Nesterov) opening up on the far post and I tried to get it over there, and luckily it hit the stick and went in," Namestnikov said.

Syracuse took the lead with its second power play goal of the game 8:18 into the second, when Kucherov slammed home a cross pass from Namestnikov. JT Brown also recorded an assist.

"We're moving it around," Namestnikov said of the power play's success this season. "We can't just play the power play, we have to play five-on-five too."

Syracuse's 2-1 lead lasted less than two minutes.

Binghamton's Buddy Robinson and Ben Blood scored one minute apart midway through the frame and Hoffman notched his second of the game before the second intermission.

Andre Petersson and Matt Puempel each scored third period goals to seal the victory.

"The stuff I'm watching out there is all correctable, it's all fixable," Zettler said. "The way we're giving up goals is fixable. We just have to bear down and do it."

Crunch goalie Cedrick Desjardins finished with 14 saves. It was the second-straight game Syracuse has allowed six goals.

"It wasn't his best game," Zettler said. "He'll be fine, he'll be back."

The Crunch (1-2-1-0) have another chance against the Senators when they travels to Binghamton Saturday.

"It's a tough loss today," Namestnikov said. "But we're going to refocus and be ready for tomorrow's game."

Pictured: Crunch forward Nikita Kucherov guards the puck against a Senators defender at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.