Admirals Game Results

  • 1 year 26 weeks 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.

  • 1 year 26 weeks ago

    All good things...

    WBS-4
    SYR-2

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Leads the Series 1-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    WBS Grant, (1) (Nesbitt, Smith), 1:55
    SYR Mikkelson, (1) (Taormina, Brown), 16:41
    WBS Smith, (5) (Gibbons, Kolarik), 17:12 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Johnson, (8) (Connolly, Barberio), 5:38 (PP)
    WBS Minella, (1) , 9:24
    WBS Grant, (2) (Nesbitt, Holzapfel), 19:04 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Brendan Mikkelson was the game's third star.

    Syracuse tastes adversity now for the first time in these playoffs by yielding home ice to the Pens. In the process, their top line was largely held off the board and Syracuse looked vulnerable in a close game where the other team's goaltending, on paper, is better. Now the real challenge begins. Game Two is tomorrow night and the Pens will be playing with house money in a game where the Crunch absolutely need to win.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 26 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Already down by two with less than nine minutes remaining, a pair of penalties 20 seconds apart seemed to stifle any potential Syracuse Crunch rally.

    But the Crunch's Mike Angelidis, Jean-Philipe Cote and Brendan Mikkelson shut down a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins power play that had already converted twice, giving Syracuse a glimmer of hope during the final stretch.

    "I thought our guys did an unbelievable job of getting into the shooting lanes and blocking shots, I thought it was awesome," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler. "I was hoping for some momentum off that, it just never really came."

    The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held on during a 6-on-4 in their own end during the closing minutes, topping Syracuse 4-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The loss snaps a streak of seven straight postseason wins for the Crunch, and 17 straight playoff wins for the Tampa Bay Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate.

  • 1 year 27 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    With a one goal lead and the third period winding down, Matt Taormina found the puck on his stick and looked for an open shot.

    After his first attempt was blocked, the Syracuse Crunch defenseman drove toward the net wristed another toward the Springfield Falcons' net. He lost track of it there.

    "I shot and I didn't hear anything until the crowd reacted," Taormina said. "I finally knew it actually went in."

    The goal put the exclamation point on Syracuse's 5-2 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday, as the Crunch swept the Falcons 4-0 to move on to the conference finals.

    "They were pressing, they could feel it," Syracuse coach Rob Zettler said of Springfield. "Then Taormina steps up and scores that goal, it's huge. It put a stamp on it for us."

  • 1 year 27 weeks ago

    Syracuse punches their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals, and they've made it look easy to this point.

    SPR-2
    SYR-5

    Syracuse Wins the Series 4-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    SYR Wyman, (1) (Devos), 6:04
    SYR Barberio, (3) (Namestnikov, Panik), 7:52

    Second Period
    SPR Craig, (2) (Savard, Jenner), 2:38 (PP)
    SYR Wyman, (2) (Brown, Cote), 17:20

    Third Period
    SPR Joudrey, (1) (Savard, Jenner), 8:35
    SYR Taormina, (1) (Connolly), 9:45
    SYR Sexton, (2) (Namestnikov), 18:01 (EN)

    J.T. Wyman, Mark Barberio, and Matt Taormina were the game's three stars.

    You would think with the PTP line held to just 1 point that Springfield would finally get a win in the series, right? Wrong. Syracuse's second and third lines carried the mail and delivered the squad to the next round.

    The core of this team that was also in Norfolk for their championship run last season, AKA SyraNo, has won 17 straight playoff games. It's a ridiculous level of success that will be difficult for the league and the media to officially recognize because of the affiliation change. But, it's one of those things that really, in my opinion, gives this group the argument to say they're one of the best in league history. In fact, if they "repeat", I'd say they probably are the best multi-season collection of players in AHL history.

    Syracuse's next opponent will probably be top seeded Providence, which holds a 3-1 series lead over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after a Penguins win tonight. This is where taking care of an opponent and getting the sweep can pay dividends. Every game Wilkes-Barre/Scranton can extend that series depletes Providence's energy and possibly leads to more injuries while Syracuse can conserve theirs and stay healthy. There's the added dimension of Boston still being alive in the playoffs and injury call-ups that comes into play, too. Playoff hockey can be about attrition, and bear in mind Providence went the distance in their first round series against Hershey, too. Advantage Syracuse if Providence can't handle their business in Game Five of their series tomorrow.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 28 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    It took Ondrej Palat eight seconds to change the complexion of the game, and less than eight minutes to deal the knockout blow.

    The forward scored a shorthanded goal in the opening seconds of the third period to give the Syracuse Crunch a two-goal lead, then set up Tyler Johnson for another shorthanded goal at the 7:24 mark.

    The two goals on the penalty kill allowed the Crunch to cruise to a 3-0 win over the Springfield Falcons in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday. Syracuse leads the series 3-0, and can move on with a win Friday.

    "He was a difference-maker in the third period," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler of Palat. "He made an unbelievable play shorthanded to make it 2-0, and followed it up with an unbelievable pass to Johnson to make it 3-0."

  • 1 year 28 weeks ago

    Springfield just has no answers for Syracuse's top line. None.

    SPR-0
    SYR-3

    Syracuse Leads the Series 3-0

    Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 25 shots he faced for his first shutout of these playoffs. Desjardins getting hot must be a terrifying prospect for the teams still alive in the AHL playoffs.

    First Period
    SYR Panik, (4) (Palat), 15:15

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    SYR Palat, (4) (Johnson), 0:08 (SH)
    SYR Johnson, (7) (Palat, Cote), 7:24 (SH)

    Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Desjardins were the game's three stars. Palat and Johnson are absolutely lethal as penalty killers. They were generating a couple of great chances a night in the Portland series and they haven't let up on Springfield.

    Springfield has to be completely deflated with this outcome. They finally managed to get the close, low-scoring game they needed against Syracuse and they couldn't break through Desjardins. Insult to injury is their PP going -2 in the process when they have the man advantage in the Third Period which is when you want to break open a close game.

    Friday, Syracuse will try to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals. For those players on the team who went through the run last year in Norfolk, SyraNo has won 16 straight playoff games going back to the series against the Connecticut Whale last year. Since then they have swept the IceCaps, Marlies, Pirates, and are 1 game away from sweeping away the Falcons. When you think how it takes 15 wins to get a Calder Cup under the current format, and the core of this group's won 16 in a row, it's pretty darn impressive.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 28 weeks ago

    The PTP'ers put on a special teams clinic.

    SYR-5
    SPR-3

    Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the win. Luv that goal support.

    First Period
    SYR Panik, (3) (Palat, Johnson), 1:02 (PP)
    SYR Angelidis, (2) (Brown), 1:15
    SPR Russell, (1) (Audy-Marchessault, Prout), 14:40

    Second Period
    SYR Johnson, (4) (Connolly, Palat), 8:31 (PP)
    SYR Johnson, (5) , 14:05 (SH)
    SPR Vogelhuber, (2) (Goloubef, Joudrey), 14:29

    Third Period
    SYR Johnson, (6) (Panik, Palat), 6:47 (PP)
    SPR Jenner, (2) (Holden, Audy-Marchessault), 8:04

    Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars. Johnson gets the hat trick and the PTP'er line ends up +4 in goal differential on special teams with 3 PP goals and a SH goal. No chance. Springfield's got no chance if they keep letting the Johnson line scorch them like this.

    Syracuse now heads home with the 2-0 series lead and Springfield has no answers so far defensively, plus McElhinney's gotten torched through 2 games. Game Three is Wednesday night. Meanwhile, in the East's other series, Providence held serve at home and has a 2-0 series lead of the Penguins, making it look like a Syracuse/Providence matchup is on the horizon.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 28 weeks ago

    Syracuse draws first blood, and nearly hits an artery.

    SYR-5
    SPR-2

    Syracuse Leads the Series 1-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory. Goal support is a beautiful thing.

    First Periodd
    SYR Barberio, (2) (Panik, Johnson), 8:40 (PP)
    SYR Panik, (2) (Johnson, Palat), 9:00
    SPR Drazenovic, (2) (Holden, Craig), 10:06 (PP)
    SYR Brown, (2) (Wyman, Korobov), 11:26
    SYR Connolly, (2) (Sexton, Taormina), 18:13

    Second Period
    SYR Johnson, (3) (Palat), 10:10

    Third Period
    SPR Craig, (1) (Holden, Johansen), 19:58 (PP)

    Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars. In the marquee matchup between the AHL's best line over the past 1-1/2 years and a very good goaltender, Curtis McElhinney, round one goes to the PTP'ers. Interestingly, all three of Syracuse's lines clicked in the First Period clock cleaning that ended Game One early on, but make no mistake, this series comes down to whether McElhinney can make enough saves to keep games close and allow Springfield to leverage the goaltending advantage they have on paper. And, to do that, he has to stop Palat/Johnson/Panik.

    Game Two is tomorrow night, and with home ice advantage already stolen away, Syracuse is playing with house money. A Game Two victory possibly means a short series, and in the war of attrition that is playoff hockey, that can pay big dividends in future rounds.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 29 weeks ago

    Palat on the spot.

    SYR-4
    POR-3 (OT)

    Syracuse Wins the Best-of-Five Series 3-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on just 18 shots for the victory. Once again, he allowed another wraparound goal that was on the soft side and once again the team bailed him out. Mind you, he made some incredible saves in Overtime to make up for it, but as the competition level rises in the next round Desjardins has got to get better.

    First Period
    POR Miele, (1) (Bolduc, Brown), 15:57 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Gudas, (1) (Taormina, Sexton), 6:57 (PP)

    Third Period
    POR Bolduc, (1) (Miele, Lessio), 0:19
    POR Johnson, (2) (Stone, Conner), 10:47 (PP)
    SYR Angelidis, (1) (Wyman, Barberio), 13:59
    SYR Palat, (2) (Connolly, Sustr), 18:48

    Overtime
    SYR Palat, (3) (Taormina, Johnson), 19:43

    Ondrej Palat was the game's first star. Oddly enough, I thought his first two games of the series were better than tonight, but he was in the right places at the right times for the two biggest goals of the series.

    Let me tell you a little something about Brett Connolly, who turned 21 today and celebrated by knifing Portland in the heart late in regulation. Hopping on the ice as the sixth attacker to try to tie the game late in the Third Period, the puck came to Connolly who circled through the neutral zone and cut down the left wing boards into the offensive zone. For the life of me, I thought Portland's defenseman had the angle on Connolly at the blueline and would squeeze him off, or at least get enough of him to separate the puck. Nope. Connolly has deceptive speed a la Alex Killorn and he squirted by without being touched, went to circle behind the net, and just before he went behind dished a beautiful little backhand pass to Palat for the stuff. Tie game. What an individual play by Connolly. Truly cold blooded.

    Let me also tell you a little something about faceoffs. Gudas' power play goal came directly from a bang-bang play off a faceoff win by Dan Sexton. And then, with just 17 seconds left in Overtime, Palat's second goal came off a faceoff win by Tyler Johnson that led to a Taormina shot that gave Palat the rebound he needed to send the Crunch to the first round pay window. Those quick plays off clean faceoff wins in the offensive zone are instant scoring chances, and almost as valuable as forcing turnovers out of your opponent.

    It's not all good news, though. Although Syracuse outshot Portland 45-18, I suspect the scoring chances don't reflect the disparity. There was a distinct lack of GMT in this game for the Crunch. GMT = goal mouth thrills. Syracuse got a lot of traffic and a lot of greasy chances in the first two games of the series and they were absent tonight, with the exception of a few shifts by the Angelidis line. As the level of competition goes up in the next round, more GMT is required. If you don't muck it up in the high traffic areas, you invite a night like tonight where Portland's goaltender gobbled up a lot of clean, unscreened, undeflected shots.

    Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference tonight, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished off their own sweep of Binghamton and Manchester won their first game of their series. Springfield still holds a 2-1 edge, but the series continues on. Top seed Providence is down 2-0 to Hershey. If either Providence or Springfield get upset (and Providence going down looks distinctly possible right now) Syracuse will get home ice for a second round series against the Penguins. Tough opponent. It'll be a great series.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

Syndicate content