Admirals Game Results

  • 1 year 32 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.

  • 1 year 33 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    It all started with the physical play.

    Coming off a come-from-behind overtime win one night earlier, the Syracuse Crunch made a point to continue pounding the Portland Pirates.

    It didn't take long -- less than 10 minutes -- for the results to show up on the scoreboard. Ondrej Palat's wrister beat Pirates goalie Chad Johnson, giving the Crunch an early lead.

    "He's finishing checks and hammering guys, then he goes and scores the first goal for us," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler of Palat.

    Palat and Tyler Johnson each provided a goal and an assist, leading the Crunch to a 4-2 win over the Pirates in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday. Syracuse leads the best-of-five series 2-0, with the teams meeting again in Portland Thursday.

  • 1 year 33 weeks ago

    Game Two goes according to plan.

    POR-2
    SYR-4

    Syracuse Leads the Best-of-Five Series 2-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the victory. He looked much more solid tonight in net. The team needs him to play like that moving forward if they want to reach their ultimate goal.

    First Period
    SYR Palat, (1) (Johnson, Taormina), 9:33
    SYR Brown, (1) (Angelidis, Wyman), 10:41

    Second Period
    SYR Johnson, (2) (Palat), 0:49 (SH)
    SYR Connolly, (1) (Sexton, Devos), 14:36
    POR Gormley, (1) (Shinnimin, Johnson), 16:50

    Third Period
    POR Johnson, (1) (Lessio, Gormley), 9:40

    Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Matt Taormina were the game's three stars.

    I continue to be extremely impressed by Palat. He's been the complete package through 2 games in this series. Just like last season, good things happen when the man has the puck. I was also impressed with Vladislav Namestnikov, who got a lot more ice time with Richard Panik getting kicked out after a secondary altercation. Portland tried targeting Namestnikov, and Vladdy rose to the challenge. He was feisty and he landed some good hits in the Third Period, to go along with his usual puckhandling and playmaking.

    Game Three is Thursday in Portland. This is where Zettler's going to earn his big boy coaching pants. Portland's going to throw everything they have left at Syracuse in the First Period, and if Syracuse is complacent, bad things will happen. Playoffs are about attrition as much as anything, and if you have a chance to finish an opponent off, you do it. Anything that extends a series is another set of shifts where one of your key players can get hurt, so you have to finish the drill ASAP, and with Providence falling behind 2-0 in their series and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton up 2-0 in theirs, it's looking like a very good Pens team is lurking on the horizon. Syracuse wants to be healthy and rested for that potential opponent.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 33 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    After two potential game-winning goals were waved off in overtime, Richard Panik provided one that left little doubt.

    The Syracuse Crunch forward accepted the pass from Ondrej Palat, spun to the left across the crease, and put the puck over Portland Pirates goalie Chad Johnson. No stranger to overtime goals, Panik was nonchalant about the play.

    "Just a good move I guess," he said with a smile.

    The goal capped a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win for the No. 3 Crunch over the No. 6 Portland Pirates in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. Syracuse hosts Game 2 Sunday.

  • 1 year 33 weeks ago

    Syracuse withstands Portland's best punch.

    POR-3
    SYR-4 (OT)

    Syracuse Leads the Best-of-Five Series 1-0

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. 2 of those goals were softies on wrap-arounds that Desjardins needs to wipe out of his game quickly moving forward in these playoffs. He scares me. Point blank, the guy scares me.

    First Period
    POR Dziurzynski, (1) (Werek), 10:53
    POR Rundblad, (1) (Gormley, Martinook), 17:16 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Johnson, (1) (Panik, Palat), 6:37 (PP)
    POR Brown, (1) (Lane, Miele), 8:23
    SYR Barberio, (1) (Palat, Johnson), 13:32 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Sexton, (1) (Sustr, Devos), 7:54

    Overtime
    SYR Panik, (1) (Palat, Johnson), 6:36 (PP)

    Richard Panik, Tyler Johnson, and Radko Gudas were the game's three stars. While not terribly visible at even strength, Panik showed great hands around the net on the PP setting up Johnson's goal and outwaiting Portland's netminder on the game winner. Panik attack, y'all.

    That, I suspect, was Portland's best chance to seize upset momentum in this series. They got a couple of softies out of Desjardins and had the 2 goal lead on the road with a chance to steal home ice in a short 5-game series. The Crunch kept chipping away at it though and eventually wore out the Pirates, who now may have to go without Boris Valabik for a few games after a vicious elbowing major that led to Panik's winner. Syracuse now just has to make sure Brett Connolly, the recipient of that elbow, is healthy along with Johnson and Mark Barberio, each of whom also got banged up during the game. All three returned to action, so hopefully everything is going to be fine.

    As quiet as a 3 assist night can be, I thought Ondrej Palat along with Johnson were Syracuse's best players tonight. Palat also drew three penalties out of Portland on top of his scoresheet production.

    Game Two is tomorrow night. We'll see what Portland has in the tank.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 34 weeks ago

    Get away day at War Memorial.

    BNG-5
    SYR-1

    Pat Nagle allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the loss. That was Nagle's second appearance of his AHL career and his first decision as the Crunch threw out a B lineup and B effort with nothing much to play for in the last regular season game.

    First Period
    BNG Cowick, (16) (Grant, Schneider), 14:13

    Second Period
    BNG Grant, (19) (Wideman), 1:56
    BNG Ceci, (1) (Da Costa, Stone), 4:28

    Third Period
    SYR Sustr, (2) (Barberio, Sexton), 6:47 (PP)
    BNG Schneider, (17) (Cowick), 12:13
    BNG Robinson, (2) (Cannone), 19:17

    Dan Sexton was the game's third star.

    Tyler Johnson was not allowed to sniff the ice. Not surprising. Artem Sergeev made his AHL debut in the game. Again, not surprising. The kids were going to play in this one.

    With Portland getting thumped by Bridgeport 4-1, Syracuse's first round opponent is now set. The third seeded Crunch will draw the sixth seeded Pirates. To be honest, if I had to pick an opponent, Portland's not the scariest one on the board. When you look at their lineup, they have some nice defensemen but lack scoring depth up front and, above all, their goaltending doesn't really terrify you. This first round series may be the toughest one for Syracuse to get past, so I am fairly relieved they didn't draw a team like Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right away.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 34 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    JT Wyman doesn't classify himself as a shootout specialist.

    But after the Syracuse surrendered a three-goal lead in the third period, the Crunch forward found himself up in the shootout with a chance to win the game and clinch the East Division title.

    Wyman tried to focus on the task at hand. He had an idea of where he wanted to shoot, and did his best to read Worcester Sharks goalie Alex Stalock.

    "I'm not really thinking about that when I'm going down there," Wyman said of the division implications.

    Wyman made it to the top of the circles and wired a shot over Stalock's glove. The goal emptied the Crunch bench, as the team celebrated the 4-3 win and the franchise's second division title and first since 2001-02.

  • 1 year 34 weeks ago

    Syracuse wins the AHL East Division title... barely.

    WOR-3
    SYR-4 (SO)

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 22 shots before stopping all 3 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the SOW.

    First Period
    SYR Connolly, (31) (Sexton, Barberio), 11:39

    Second Period
    SYR Devos, (7) (Connolly, Namestnikov), 3:50
    SYR Johnson, (37) (Brown, Cote), 5:40

    Third Period
    WOR Gogol, (4) (Comrie, Demelo), 6:37
    WOR Hayes, (3) (Comrie, Tarasov), 8:20
    WOR Tarasov, (14) , 12:26

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    WOR- NONE
    SYR- Sexton, Connolly, Wyman

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

    My God, they made that so much harder than it needed to be. Syracuse needed the win tonight to nail down the division title with Binghamton defeating Hershey, and they looked in good shape holding a 3-0 lead heading into the final frame against a non-playoff team. And then the bottom fell out. Thank goodness they were able to get the extra point in the skills gimmick, because if they didn't Binghamton coming to town tomorrow could've stole the division title with a regulation win.

    Now tomorrow's game looks to be rather meaningless, and I wouldn't be surprised if certain key players like Mark Barberio, Connolly, and Johnson find most of their ice time given to younger players for precautionary reasons.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 34 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Tyler Johnson isn't one for grand acceptance speeches.

    After winning the award as the American Hockey League's Most Valuable Player, the Syracuse Crunch forward gave most of the credit to his teammates, the coaching staff and the organization.

    Johnson preferred to show how he earned it. He registered his second hat trick of the season, leading the Crunch to a 6-1 rout of the Norfolk Admirals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "I though tonight we played a good solid team game, a full 60," Johnson said. "I thought we played pretty well. If we keep doing that, I think we'll be alright."

    Syracuse, which has points in five straight games, has a three-point lead over Binghamton in the East Division, and can clinch with a win or a Senators loss Saturday.

  • 1 year 34 weeks ago

    Wow. I feel like we need to issue a formal apology to all our friends in Norfolk for that savage beat down tonight.

    NOR-1
    SYR-6

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory. For those wondering, Pat Nagle has been backing up Desjardins because Riku Helenius had some family issues back in Finland that required attention. Hopefully Riku will be back for the playoffs.

    First Period
    SYR Angelidis, (11) (Wyman, Brown), 14:20
    SYR Johnson, (34) (Sexton, Wyman), 14:58
    SYR Wyman, (13) (Palat, Johnson), 19:02

    Second Period
    SYR Namestnikov, (7) (Devos, Connolly), 11:56
    NOR Maroon, (25) (Guenin), 13:32
    SYR Johnson, (35) (Palat, Sexton), 19:11

    Third Period
    SYR Johnson, (36) , 7:48

    Tyler Johnson, J.T. Wyman, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. The freshly minted AHL MVP, Johnson, celebrated with an incredible 3 goal, 4 point effort to start off a 3 game weekend set that will be so critical for playoff position.

    Brian Lee was +4 in the contest. Several members of the Bolt Prospects message board's heads just exploded after reading that. Mind you, he also took a major for slashing and got kicked out of the game. I would suspect a suspension may follow.

    Two games remain in the regular season. Providence toppled Springfield tonight 5-3, which clinches the top seed in the East for Providence. However, with Springfield going down and Syracuse winning, the Crunch now move to within 2 points of the Falcons with a game in hand. The Crunch also expanded their division lead over Binghamton to 3 points after Bingo lost to Manchester tonight. Each team has 2 games left on their schedules, including the head-to-head matchup Sunday. The loss for Norfolk was a particularly bad one with the Admirals, at this moment, in a 4-way tie at 79 points for one of the last 2 playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. How deeply ironic would it be if Syracuse had to face Norfolk in the first round? That prospect looks much more remote after tonight, but it's still at least on the edge of the table right now.

    So here's the schedule for Saturday: Springfield draws Adirondack (eliminated from playoff contention), Binghamton gets Hershey (one of the clubs in that 4-way tie), and Syracuse gets Worcester (eliminated from playoff contention). Syracuse can make the division elementary with a win, thereby clinching not less than the 3 seed for the playoffs. Jumping Springfield may be a harder task for the Crunch with the Falcons likely holding the tiebreak at the finish line with a 2 game lead in the regulation win column right now.

    Some other accounting issues heading into the end of the regular season:
    - Syracuse still leads the AHL in goals scored by 10.
    - Tyler Johnson is 8th in the AHL in scoring and Brett Connolly is currently tied for 10th.
    - Mark Barberio is in 6th amongst AHL defensemen in scoring.
    - Johnson also leads the league in goals by 3 with Connolly tied for 4th.
    - Johnson is also 6th in power play goals.
    - Connolly is tied for tops in game winning goals.
    - Ondrej Palat is tied for 8th in the league in helpers.
    - Despite being in Tampa for about a month, Radko Gudas is still 6th in the AHL in penalty minutes.
    - Gudas is also still leading the league in +/- with teammates Johnson, Palat, and J.P. Cote all tied for 3rd. Dmitry Korobov is tied for 8th.
    - Barberio is 9th in the league in shots on goal.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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