Admirals Game Results

  • 1 year 15 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    As the Syracuse Crunch took the ice for warmups, they looked across the ice at something that gave them a range of emotions.

    It was different. It was weird. It was somewhat-familiar.

    It was the same bright blue, yellow and red Norfolk Admirals uniforms that most of the team wore last year during their amazing winning streak and ensuing run to the Calder Cup championship.

    "You step out and you're skating around and you see them coming out of their lockerroom, and you're like 'Jeez, those jerseys look pretty familiar,'" Crunch defenseman Mark Barberio said. "After that, it comes down to you're playing hockey and they're the opposition."

    Syracuse, the new affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, scored three power play goals in a 4-2 win over Norfolk, the former farm team, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

  • 1 year 15 weeks ago

    TJ and old Admirals beat down new Admirals.

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    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the victory. He's won his last 2 starts, but his save percentage has dwindled all the way down to .901 after being at .913 to start the month of December. It's absolutely a cause for concern.

    First Period
    SYR Barberio, (6) (Connolly, Johnson), 9:42 (PP)
    SYR Killorn, (11) (Namestnikov, Oberg), 12:12 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Palmieri, (10) , 7:19

    Third Period
    SYR Palat, (4) (Taormina, Johnson), 5:00
    NOR Vatanen, (4) (Maroon, Wagner), 10:54
    SYR Connolly, (13) (Panik, Palat), 16:15 (PP)

    Tyler Johnson (pictured) and Richard Panik were the game's first and second stars. Panik attack y'all. Johnson's tied for 3rd in the league in scoring and is 2nd in goals. Unfortunately, given that 3/4 of Edmonton's NHL team is playing in Oklahoma City during the lockout, it's probably going to be tough for him to catch Jordan Eberle. Still, 3rd in the AHL in scoring during a lockout is damned impressive.

    After giving the red light a one game holiday vacation, Alex Killorn scored yet another goal. That's 8 in his last 10 games. He's one of several guys, with Ondrej Palat also on that list, who might be playing themselves into contention for NHL jobs if the lockout ever lifts. It's an honest question the organization would have to ask itself: do you get more from a Tom Pyatt or a B.J. Crombeen than you'd get from a Killorn, Johnson, Conacher, Palat, Panik, etc?

    Congrats to Vladislav Namestnikov on picking up a helper in his first game back since going on the shelf 2 months ago.

    Syracuse faces the St. John's IceCaps tomorrow, with the Baby Thrasher-Jets still reeling from last year's Eastern Finals sweep and in dead last in the Atlantic Division.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 15 weeks ago

    Wherein #89 reminds us he's the reigning league MVP...

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    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    SYR Barberio, (5) (Conacher, Connolly), 18:54 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Conacher, (11) , 0:28
    SYR Gudas, (3) (Wyman), 9:51
    BNG Da Costa, (4) (Hoffman, Silfverberg), 11:07

    Third Period
    SYR Brown, (6) (Palat, Conacher), 1:02 (PP)
    BNG Silfverberg, (12) (Jessiman, Benoit), 5:23 (PP)
    BNG Pageau, (2) (Jessiman), 11:35
    SYR Angelidis, (5) (Wyman), 19:15 (EN)

    Cory Conacher (pictured) and Mark Barberio were the game's first and third stars. Conacher's been exceedingly quiet with just 1 goal and 4 points in the 10 games prior to tonight, but his 3 point outburst signals perhaps "The Honey Badger" (not the LSU variety that ends up in rehab) is ready to start hitting the scoresheet regularly again.

    Hard to believe Alex Killorn didn't score a goal tonight. His streak snaps at 6 games, although he did have 5 shots on goal tonight.

    Syracuse outshot Bingo a mind-numbing 44-20 in the game, including 29-9 through the first 40 minutes. Almost dominant.

    And now, the moment that we knew was coming and have been dreading. Norfolk comes to town Friday night, and the Crunch will try to take down the franchise for which they staked a record-breaking winning streak that may never be equaled. Mixed emotions.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 16 weeks ago

    Syracuse gets Grinched in their last weekend set before Christmas.

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    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss as his save percentage continues to atrophy this month. He got the back-to-back start with Riku Helenius gone to Helenius to handle some family matters, but tonight was not the night he turned his recent slide around.

    First Period
    WBS Thompson, (8) (Gibbons, Holzapfel), 3:57 (PP)
    SYR Killorn, (10) (Wyman, Gudas), 9:21
    WBS Mormina, (1) , 9:35

    Second Period
    WBS Smith, (10) (Tangradi, Samuelsson), 10:20
    SYR Johnson, (18) (Gudas, Aulie), 18:45

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Radko Gudas and Alex Killorn were the game's second and third stars. Don't look now, but Gudas is on a pace for about 30 points, which would be a nice haul for a guy who may also have 200 PIMs when all is said and done this year. Killorn now has goals in his last 6 games and 7 in his last 8. How is he accomplishing this? He's tied for 4th in the AHL in shots on goal. The guy plays a north-south game and he puts pucks on net. As his shot continues to improve, watch out. This guy could very well become a steady goalscorer at the next level, too.

    Going 0-1-0-1 in the last 2 games going into the holiday break is obviously a let down for the team. They're still perched atop the Eastern Conference despite a very iffy month of December to date. There's simply got to be more consistency though if they want to stay up in the standings, starting Wednesday in another important early season game against Binghamton and their great goaltending battery.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 16 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch came out flat Friday, and the Adirondack Phantoms took full advantage.

    The Phantoms tallied goals on the first two shots of the game, and led 3-0 before the first intermission. The Crunch spent the rest of the game playing catch-up, and despite tying the game in the third, fell short in the shootout, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

    "It was a good comeback, the guys battled hard," Syracuse forward Tyler Johnson said. "But at the same time, we shouldn't put ourselves in that position. We shot ourselves in the foot."

  • 1 year 16 weeks ago

    Syracuse stumbles out of the gate, but salvages a point.

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    SYR-3 (SO)

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 23 shots and 4 of 7 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. His December numbers are positively shambolic compared to his strong November run.

    First Period
    ADK Zolnierczyk, (8) (Roe, Rinaldo), 1:11
    ADK Akeson, (1) (Schenn, Couturier), 2:30 (PP)
    ADK Akeson, (2) (Schenn, Lauridsen), 15:33

    Second Period
    SYR Panik, (13) (Palat, Johnson), 5:48 (PP)
    SYR Killorn, (9) (Taormina, Connolly), 14:09

    Third Period
    SYR Johnson, (17) (Barberio, Connolly), 8:24 (PP)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    ADK- Roe, Schenn, Akeson, Svyret
    SYR- Taormina, Palat, Panik

    Tyler Johnson was the game's second star. Alex Killorn has now scored goals in 5 straight games and 6 of his last 7. Richard Panik now has a 3 game point streak after missing the scoresheet for 5 games at the conclusion of his massive 12 game scoring streak that spanned the entire month of November.

    Syracuse draws Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tomorrow before a brief Christmas break.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 17 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Plenty of numbers stuck out after the Syracuse Crunch topped the Wikes-Barre Scranton Penguins 4-0 at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    The night began with 1,286 teddy bears thrown on the ice after Brett Connolly opened the scoring, the Crunch's power play followed by converting for two goals, and Syracuse goalie Dustin Tokarski finished with 29 saves for his first shutout of the season.

  • 1 year 17 weeks ago

    The weekend marks a return to Jon Cooper hockey...

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    Dustin Tokarski pitched a 29 save shutout to match the 0'fer Riku Helenius posted last night. Tokarski now has a 2 game winning streak after going an ugly 1-3-1 in his previous 5 starts.

    First Period
    SYR Connolly, (12) (Wyman, Killorn), 14:35

    Second Period
    SYR Killorn, (8) (Devos, Brown), 11:21 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Labrie, (6) (Johnson), 5:07
    SYR Johnson, (16) (Panik, Palat), 16:37 (PP)

    Tic, Alex Killorn, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars. Killorn now has goals in 5 of his last 6 games. He's officially more on fire than a 1978 Ford Pinto after a rear end collision.

    This weekend's two game set was a return to what makes Jon Cooper hockey so special. It's not just that the team will score a ton of goals. It's not just that they're tough as nails. At the heart of it all, what made last year's team in Norfolk so special was that they also played suffocating defense, too. They beat you like you stole large sums of money from them in every single phase of the game, and often made you look like a pee wee team in the process. And it didn't matter if it was Tic or Janus between the pipes, either. Back-to-back shutout annihilations should send a chilling message to the rest of the Eastern Conference. After two weekends of looking mortal, the next generation of the Lightning has returned to the style Jon Cooper preaches, and may God have mercy on the rest of the AHL's souls if they keep it up.

    Syracuse is off until Friday when they'll try to continue their team shutout streak against last night's victim, Adirondack.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 17 weeks ago

    Riku makes the Phantoms' scoring chances disappear.

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    ADK-0

    Riku Helenius stopped all 21 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. Coming into the season, Helenius had just one shutout in 37 career AHL appearances. Now he has two in his first 11 appearances since re-emerging from Finland.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    SYR Killorn, (7) (Aulie), 4:53
    SYR Panik, (12) (Korobov), 9:39 (SH)

    Third Period
    SYR Gudas, (2) , 13:44

    Helenius, Alex Killorn, and Radko Gudas were the game's three stars. Killorn scored his fourth goal in the past five games.

    After a five game scoreless streak, Richard Panik and the Panik attack returned to the scoresheet with a shorthanded goal.

    This was a rough, brutal game that saw the teams combining for 119 penalty minutes. If you're looking for one of the biggest differences between the AHL and the NHL versions of the Lightning, it's that the Crunch are tougher than the steak you get at Golden Corral.

    Syracuse tries to wrap up a solid week tomorrow at home against the Penguins.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 17 weeks ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    It has been stressed to Brett Connolly that he needs to drive to the net.

    The 20-year-old Syracuse Crunch forward followed through against the Binghamton Senators Wednesday at the Onondaga County War Memorial, potting a pair of goals in the Crunch's 4-3 win.

    "Coach has been all over me to do that," Connolly said. "That's where I've been scoring all my goals."

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