Admirals Game Results

  • 1 year 26 weeks ago

    All good things...

    GR-5
    SYR-2

    Grand Rapids Wins the Series 4-2
    Grand Rapids Wins the Calder Cup

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 23 shots in a game that encapsulated the Finals for Desjardins. Brilliant at times, he allowed a goal through him on the eventual game winner by Evans that he surely wishes he had back. It will be interesting to see how Julien BriseBois retools between the pipes for next season, because you can make the argument the difference between Desjardins and Mrazek was, in large part, the difference between champion and runner-up.

    First Period
    SYR Panik, (9) (Taormina, Palat), 17:15

    Second Period
    GR Callahan, (6) (Ferraro, Grant), 2:23
    GR Tatar, (15) (Nyquist, Ferraro), 12:41 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Sustr, (2) (Namestnikov, Devos), 5:14
    GR Evans, (2) (Callahan, Sheahan), 9:54
    GR Tatar, (16) (Andersson, Nyquist), 19:11 (EN/PP)
    GR Andersson, (3) (Glendening), 19:54 (EN)

    I think Lightning fans everywhere, even with the bitterness of this defeat, need to start by saying, "thank you" to this group of players. The team we've referred to as "SyraNo" on this site, which won a championship in Norfolk last year and almost did again this year with Syracuse has been one of the best groups of players ever to take the ice together in the AHL. A lot of these guys, like Radko Gudas who returned tonight from injury, are ticketed for the NHL next year. Others, some of the really veteran guys, may move on in the offseason. So, this group of guys will never be together again, but we should tip our hat to them for two years of sustained brilliance the likes of which we're unlikely to see again anytime soon.

    As for the young prospects who will likely return to Syracuse next season, I found myself highly impressed with Vladislav Namestnikov and Andrej Sustr, both of whom got stronger as the playoffs wore on. Namestnikov is a legit threat to be an AHL All-Star next season, if not more, with his wizardry with the puck and Sustr is something rare and interesting in pro hockey. You have to put aside the fact Andrej is 6'8", because he refuses to play to type. He's not a bone crunching stay-at-homer, and there's a lot of times he looks like a forward with his ability to read the play offensively and jump into the action. His feed to Tyler Johnson in the slot in the Third Period tonight was an incredible bit of vision that I think stunned TJ a bit, and darned near got Syracuse the key goal they needed in the final frame. That's after he tied the game once in the final period with an absolute bullet from the point. These two guys will be fun to watch develop next season.

    Ondrej Palat finishes the playoffs as the AHL leader in postseason scoring. Well done, Mr. Palat.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 26 weeks ago

    Syracuse gives themselves a chance.

    SYR-5
    GR-2

    Grand Rapids Leads the Series 3-2

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 42 shots for the win. 40 saves as Grand Rapids threw the kitchen sink at Syracuse to try to avoid having to head back to New York.

    First Period
    SYR Palat, (7) , 8:39
    SYR Connolly, (6) (Johnson, Barberio), 16:09 (PP)
    GR Grant, (2) (Ferraro, Callahan), 17:38

    Second Period
    GR Tatar, (14) (Nyquist, Billins), 5:36 (PP)
    SYR Panik, (8) (Barberio, Palat), 11:59 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Johnson, (10) (Palat, Taormina), 0:36
    SYR Sexton, (6) (Namestnikov), 17:16 (EN)

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

    And, just like that, Syracuse has given itself an opportunity at something legendary. Headed west to Michigan their mission was to win 2 out of 3 to get things back to Syracuse with home ice. Things looked bleak as bleak can be down 3-0, but they ultimately accomplished their mission, and withstood an attempted haymaker from Grand Rapids tonight in Game Five to stay alive in the series. Now they have, potentially, 2 games at home to pull of what seemed fairly impossible 48 hours ago.

    However, Syracuse can't confuse momentum for destiny. They need to show the maturity to understand that all they've accomplished in the past 2 nights was to book their tickets to a Game Six that for many of them is going to be some of the toughest, most intense hockey of their career. Grand Rapids actually probably has less pressure on them in Game Six than they did in Game Five, because the chance to clinch at home is written off and they can fall back on the fact that they haven't lost a game yet in Syracuse's barn. The Crunch need to understand that. Game Six is going to be a war. Hopefully, it's a war where Syracuse's shorter path to the Finals starts to pay some dividends. Grand Rapids played a 7 game series in the Western Conference Finals after going 6 games with the Marlies and the full 5 against the Aeros. Syracuse has to hope that as the battle becomes more pitched in Game Six, they have a little more left in the tank than Grand Rapids does. But, they can't rely on that to just kick in automatically. They have to push that much harder now to make it happen. If they do, there's a good chance they'll get to Game Seven.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 27 weeks ago

    Syracuse shows some pride.

    SYR-3
    GR-2

    Grand Rapids Leads the Series 3-1

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    GR Andersson, (2) (Evans, Billins), 3:37
    SYR Connolly, (5) , 5:04
    GR Mursak, (11) (Hoggan, Glendening), 11:04

    Second Period
    SYR Palat, (6) (Panik), 14:01
    SYR Panik, (7) (Barberio, Cote), 16:52

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Richard Panik and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars. Palat leads all AHL'ers in playoff scoring.

    Certainly Syracuse is still in horrible shape in the series down 3-1 and the odds are still long as long can be, but by winning tonight Syracuse places some pressure on Grand Rapids to finish up this series at home in Game Five before the scene shifts back to Syracuse. Because of that, you can expect the Griffins' best shot tomorrow, but if Syracuse can withstand that and pull out a win they'll actually hold home ice advantage with a chance to make a minor miracle happen. I'd say they owe it to themselves and to their fans back in upstate New York to make that happen.

    C'mon boys. Give yourselves an opportunity to do something legendary.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 27 weeks ago

    Bleakness.

    SYR-2
    GR-4

    Grand Rapids Leads the Series 3-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss. Maddeningly uneven play from Cedrick. He'll look brilliant on a breakaway one minute and allow a wraparound or bad angle goal the next.

    First Period
    SYR Panik, (6) (Johnson, Cote), 10:21

    Second Period
    GR Tatar, (13) (Paetsch), 2:09
    GR Glendening, (6) (DeKeyser, Mursak), 4:53
    SYR Sexton, (5) (Cote), 9:56

    Third Period
    GR Mursak, (10) (Hoggan), 15:11
    GR Hoggan, (5) , 17:32

    The bottom just fell out in the Third Period. Syracuse looked the better team through 40 minutes and had the balance of the zone time, but they looked completely outclassed in the final frame. And Grand Rapids has been far better at converting their chances. Guys like Tyler Johnson and J.T. Brown had quality chances in tonight's game, but it appears Mrazek may be in their heads because they're cutting their chances too fine rather than trying to get some greasy goals. It's a recipe for losing and going down 0-3 in a series.

    Just win a game. One game. That's all Syracuse can focus on right now. They've got nothing else at this point.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 27 weeks 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.

  • 1 year 27 weeks 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.

  • 1 year 27 weeks 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."

  • 1 year 27 weeks 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.

  • 1 year 28 weeks 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."

  • 1 year 28 weeks 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.

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