Admirals Game Results

  • 44 weeks 3 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    It was an emotional chain of events that rival most blockbusters.

    After demanding a review, the Syracuse Crunch were credited with the game-tying goal. Moments later -- 26 seconds on the amended scoresheet despite more than two minutes mistakenly being added to the clock -- the Grand Rapids Griffins scored a power play goal that stood as the game-winner.

    While the Griffins' Francis Pare provided the movie-like twist with a goal in the closing minutes of the six-goal, 20-plus minute second period, Jan Mursak gave the curtain call with a breakaway goal late in the third, as the Griffins topped the Crunch 6-4 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday.

    "To me, that was the game," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler of the turn of events in the second. "That was huge. We had a lot of momentum, the building was rocking, fans were into it, the players were into it. There was a lot of excitement on the bench."

    Syracuse trails the series 2-0, as it travels to Grand Rapids Wednesday for Game 3. Game 4 is set for Friday.

  • 44 weeks 3 days ago

    Trouble.

    GR-6
    SYR-4

    Grand Rapids Leads the Series 2-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 6 goals on 29 shots for the loss. I don't care how you spin that. That's an ugly stat line. Desjardins suffered tonight from going long stretches without seeing any shots and then suddenly having to face a 10 bell scoring chance, like Mursak's game sealing breakaway.

    First Period
    GR Tatar, (12) (Evans, Nyquist), 4:29
    GR Grant, (1) (Ferraro), 11:31
    SYR Sustr, (1) (Taormina, Paradis), 14:03

    Second Period
    GR Ferraro, (5) (Hoggan, Sheahan), 6:23
    SYR Panik, (5) (Connolly, Johnson), 10:06 (PP)
    GR Jurco, (8) (Sheahan), 12:09 (PP)
    SYR Connolly, (4) (Johnson, Palat), 16:12 (PP)
    SYR Brown, (4) (Wyman), 18:23
    GR Pare, (3) (Ferraro, Paetsch), 18:49 (PP)

    Third Period
    GR Mursak, (9) (Hoggan, Paetsch), 14:56

    Brett Connolly was the game's third star.

    I think these past two games put an exclamation mark on the impact Radko Gudas being absent from the lineup hurts the Syracuse Crunch. They're not giving up huge amounts of zone time or shots, but the number of odd man rushes is out of control, and the team misses its best defenseman. Clearly.

    The AHL's top officials should seriously consider whether they want the players or the referees to decide their champion. The degree to which the referees have had an impact so far in this serious has been stunning for a professional league.

    Now these players have to decide how much their legacy means to them. A comeback victory against the odds with 3 in a row in Grand Rapids would only add to this group's legend as one of the best assemblages of players in AHL history. Going out with a whimper makes the team look more like a one year, Norfolk wonder. They've worked too hard, I think, to let it go down like that, though. Game Three is Wednesday.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 44 weeks 4 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Despite the loss, the Syracuse Crunch saw plenty of positives.

    The Crunch got their offensive opportunities and held the Grand Rapids' top line to an empty-netter, but had a hard time solving Griffins goalie Petr Mrazek, as they dropped Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals 3-1 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday night. Game 2 is set for Sunday evening in Syracuse.

    "When we lose, we still try and keep that good feeling about ourselves," said Crunch defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote. "We've done some really good things, that's why you can never go too low when you lose and never too high when you win."

    "In less than 24 hours we've got another go at them," he added. "We showed a lot of good things."

  • 44 weeks 4 days ago

    Long layoff, shaky goal, Mrazek, and the refs cost Syracuse Game One.

    GR-3
    SYR-1

    Grand Rapids leads the series 1-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the loss. He's a bit infuriating. He was pretty well excellent throughout the game making several big stops along the way, but the eventual game winner was a long slapshot that he allowed to go through him that you simply cannot surrender in a 1-0 game in the Third Period. So frustrating.

    First Period
    GR Callahan, (5) (Billins, Evans), 6:45

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    GR Sheahan, (3) (Mursak), 12:00
    SYR Cote, (1) (Angelidis, Brown), 13:19
    GR Nyquist, (2) (Andersson), 19:45 (EN/PP)

    Ondrej Palat was the game's third star. There's little doubt he was the straw that stirred the drink on the reformed PTP line tonight with Richard Panik back in the lineup. They got a fair number of scoring chances, but Petr Mrazek is a damned good goaltender. The Crunch definitely learned that tonight.

    Also helping Mrazek out was that Syracuse showed just a bit of rust from their long layoff. In the first half of the game it seemed their short to mid-range passes were just a shade off of clicking, and it really allowed Grand Rapids to keep Syracuse away from the kind of zone time domination the Crunch thrive off of. They've got to find a way to better establish their forecheck headed into Game Two.

    Beyond that, it should be noted that the refs waved off a goal in the match on a power play in the Second Period that should have tied the game on a crease violation where the replay showed no real contact with Mrazek. Between that and an interference penalty that went uncalled late in the Third Period right before Panik took a call that essentially ended the contest, the refs influence on the game could hardly be underestimated. Again, frustrating, and I think the wave off of the goal definitely deflated Syracuse for the rest of the Second and on into the early Third Period.

    So, now Syracuse falls behind the 8-ball with Grand Rapids stealing home ice and playing with house money in Game Two. Hopefully Syracuse will get Radko Gudas back for the contest, because the thought of being down 0-2 before heading west is beyond unappealing.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 45 weeks 4 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    After four tight games, Rob Zettler could finally breathe easy.

    The Syracuse Crunch head coach, his team leading 5-0 through the first 40 minutes, still kept his team focused on finishing the series off the right way.

    Syracuse's Philippe Paradis added a pair of third period goals to finish off a hat trick, as the Crunch routed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 7-0 to win the Eastern Conference Finals series 4-1 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    "It felt good to be able to relax back there for a change," Zettler said.

    The Crunch, in the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, host the winner of Grand Rapids and Oklahoma City next weekend. That series is tied 2-2.

    "I don't think we were expecting a 7-0 finish," said Syracuse defenseman Mark Barberio. "We just wanted to stick to our game plan. It's been successful all season and we were opportunistic with our chances."

  • 45 weeks 4 days ago

    Syracuse's 4th liners help put up a touchdown on the Penguins.

    WBS-0
    SYR-7

    Syracuse Wins the Series 4-1
    Syracuse Win the Eastern Conference Championship

    Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 22 shots he faced for the shutout victory. He was the player of the series, in my opinion. By stealing Game Three, a game where the Crunch played their worst hockey, he really put the Pens behind the eight ball and tonight was the finishing touch.

    First Period
    SYR Namestnikov, (2) (Sustr, Johnson), 16:04
    SYR Gudas, (2) (Brown, Wyman), 16:56

    Second Period
    SYR Paradis, (1) (Barberio, Sustr), 13:37
    SYR Sexton, (4) (Devos), 15:31
    SYR Palat, (5) (Sexton, Barberio), 17:58 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Paradis, (2) (Sustr), 1:02
    SYR Paradis, (3) (Sexton, Barberio), 5:43

    Phillipe Paradis, Desjardins, and Dan Sexton were the game's three stars. Best line of the night? It was Syracuse's extra forwards Paradis and Cedric Paquette (whom I have dubbed "Dump Truck" for his fleet skating ability and work rate). With the Crunch up 2-0 at the end of the First Period, they seemed to take their foot off the gas the first 5 minutes of the Second Period. It looked like the Pens would make a game of it until the 4th liners came in and started to get zone time and turn the momentum back to Syracuse. They never looked back, and Paradis eventually ran up a hat trick for the ages. None of the goals were cheapies, either. Paradis has a surprisingly good shot and absolutely took Zatkoff to school on each one.

    Another highlight? Dmitry Korobov beating the tar out of Paul Thompson. You know Thompson thought he was picking a winnable opponent going up against a Belarussian. Wrong. Korobov beat him like he stole a mortgage payment worth of money from him. Remind me never to get Dmitry Korobov mad at me. He rained fists down on the top of Thompson's head with tropical storm force. Wow.

    Radko Gudas sat out the Third Period with what appeared to be a lower body bruise. Richard Panik again sat out of the lineup (making room for Dump Truck), but he was in the morning skate and one would assume he will be available in the next series. Grand Rapids looks to be on the way to winning tonight's game against Oklahoma City, which would knot that series up at 2-2. That means it could be half a week before the Crunch know who their Calder Cup Finals opponent is, and you hope it's a week where Grand Rapids and Oklahoma City beat the daylights out of each other while Syracuse heals. Whichever opponent makes it out of the West, Syracuse will have home ice to begin the series, so they've done just about everything they need to strategically to set themselves up to try to collect another title.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 45 weeks 5 days ago

    SyraNo so good when playing with house money over the past 2 seasons.

    SYR-4
    WBS-2

    Syracuse Leads the Series 3-1

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    WBS Harrington, (1) (Uher, Holzapfel), 13:40 (PP)
    SYR Mikkelson, (2) (Taormina, Palat), 14:57

    Second Period
    WBS Megna, (2) (Peters, Uher), 16:40
    SYR Connolly, (3) (Barberio, Sexton), 18:12

    Third Period
    SYR Johnson, (9) (Palat, Namestnikov), 1:50
    SYR Wyman, (3) , 19:04 (EN)

    Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

    This is why this affiliate has been so amazing in the playoffs over the past couple of seasons. They get a team down with a chance to bury them in a deep hole and they don't squander it. With Desjardins basically stealing Game Three, the easy conclusion would be the Pens would put the hammer down even more and even things up at 2-2, especially with Richard Panik out of the lineup. Syracuse doesn't throw their opposition life vests when they are in situations like this, though. They throw them anchors. Now the Crunch will get not worse than two cracks at home to close out the series with a commanding 3-1 series lead.

    And, as has been noted in the previous two series, if you can close out a playoff series quickly you should do so. Playoff hockey can be a war of attrition, and the less battles you have to fight to win the war, the less you expose yourself to potential destiny-altering injuries.

    Game Five is tomorrow night in Syracuse.

    Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

  • 46 weeks 20 hours ago

    Grand theft in Pennsylvania.

    SYR-2
    WBS-0

    Syracuse Leads the Series 2-1

    Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 22 shots he faced for the win. He gets a lot of deserved criticism at times for his mechanics and footwork, and Julien BriseBois deserves some scrutiny for moving Dustin Tokarski to get Desjardins. But, Cedrick absolutely stole this game tonight. Stole it. Syracuse was outplayed pretty soundly, especially in the Second Period, and Desjardins just battled right through it. The Penguins have to be demoralized, because they played the game they had to and Desjardins put on his ski mask and heisted the win from them.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    SYR Namestnikov, (1) (Palat), 7:29

    Third Period
    SYR Brown, (3) (Angelidis), 19:55 (EN)

    Desjardins and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's first and second stars. Namestnikov scored his first pro playoff goal on a slapshot from the high slot shortly after replacing an injured Richard Panik on the team's top line. We'll see if Panik returns for Game Four.

    Glad to see J.T. Brown get the empty netter. His line with Angelidis and Wyman was the best the Crunch had tonight my a mile. By. A. Mile. It wasn't even close. I think if Zettler could've cloned that line, he'd have thrown them out for the entire game. That line is in many ways a perfect third line because they're hard on the puck, responsible defensively, and they have just enough scoring touch to keep you honest. Nobody else was doing anything consistently and certain players like Brett Connolly had notably subpar games by their standards.

    You hope this was an abberation, and now that Syracuse has stolen home ice back they play up to their usual form in Game Four on Friday. If they can, they've got a shot at the short series. If they can't, and they keep playing like they've played in the last 70 minutes of this series, they're in deep trouble.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 46 weeks 3 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Before the game, Rob Zettler could feel it in the room.

    The Syracuse Crunch coach, his team less than 24 hours removed from its first playoff loss, sensed in the banter that things would be different Sunday. Determined to not dwell on the loss, Syracuse knew what it needed to do.

    "The guys were ready, they were champing at the bit," Zettler said. "I didn't need to say a whole lot to get them ready for tonight's game."

    The Crunch followed through, beating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial. Syracuse tied the series 1-1, with Game 3 set for Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre.

    "We definitely were crushed a little bit last night, it was our first loss and that's going to happen," said Syracuse defenseman Matt Taormina. "We just had to get back to our game."

  • 46 weeks 3 days ago

    By the skin of their teeth...

    WBS-2
    SYR-3

    Series Tied at 1-1

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the victory. If someone can explain to me what case of amnesia struck he and his defensemen on the second Penguins goal, I'd love to hear it. They forgot they were in a playoff game and they almost set in motion events that could've cost them what should've been an easy win.

    First Period
    SYR Sexton, (3) (Connolly, Barberio), 18:56 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Taormina, (2) (Angelidis, Sustr), 7:07
    WBS Mormina, (1) (Dumoulin, Kolarik), 8:13 (PP)
    SYR Korobov, (1) (Gudas, Palat), 11:40 (SH)

    Third Period
    WBS Holzapfel, (4) (Grant), 14:02

    Ondrej Palat, Dmitry Korobov, and Dan Sexton were the game's three stars.

    You'll rarely see a game as one-sided as this one was for the first 50 minutes or so. Syracuse dominated territorily and on the shot board, holding the Pens to just 1 shot in the entire First Period. They played like you expect them to play with very good efforts by J.T. Brown and Vladislav Namestnikov, among others, with Dmitry Korobov blowing the game open a bit with a shorthanded goal that he whistled by Thiessen top shelf.

    And then all hell broke lose. An accidential collision had Tyler Johnson limping off the ice not to be seen again, and we don't know if he'll be available for Game Three Wednesday. A bizarre play where the D and Desjardins looked like a bunch of clueless 5 year olds led to a second Pens goal, and the next thing you know the team was holding on for dear life in the final 5 minutes.

    This is what the Penguins wanted. They have to turn this series into a war of attrition to have a chance. Syracuse needs to go to their barn and steal home ice back Wednesday and take control back of the series. They have the pieces to do it, even if Johnson can't go. But, man, that's as disorganized as I've ever seen a SyraNo team protecting a lead late in the last 2 years. That was terrifying.

    Side note: when his playing days are over Jared Nightingale has a future in broadcasting, having heard him on a few Syracuse games now. That's not a shot on other players who have done it for the affiliate over the past couple of years, but Nightingale's got the chops for it.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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