Admirals Game Results

  • 1 year 40 weeks ago

    Tic goes 3-0-0-0 for the weekend.

    SYR-3
    WBS-1

    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots to collect his third victory of the weekend and the season. He came within 1:57 of the shutout before Phillipe Dupuis popped in a power play goal to spoil the bid.

    First Period
    SYR Aulie, (1) (Palat, Connolly), 3:38
    SYR Conacher, (4) (Connolly, Palat), 16:03 (PP)
    SYR Johnson, (5) (Barberio, Killorn), 17:54 (PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    WBS Dupuis, (2) (Dumoulin, Reese), 18:03 (PP)

    Keith Aulie (pictured), Brett Connolly, and Tokarski were your three stars. Aulie popped in his first goal of the season, which was his 6th in 115 career AHL games. He's the secret weapon. Connolly raised himself up to a point a game pace with his second multi-point outing in as many nights.

    These two teams rematch Saturday in Syracuse. The Crunch moved into a one point lead over Norfolk in the division with the W.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 40 weeks ago

    When Panik attacks...

    SYR-6
    BNG-5 (OT)

    Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 13 shots before leaving at 9:30 of the Second Period for dropping the gloves with opposing netminder Robin Lehner (yes, that happened). Dustin Tokarski was flawless on 14 shots the rest of the way for his second victory of the season.

    First Period
    BNG Hoffman, (1) (Silfverberg, Zibanejad), 7:25 (PP)
    BNG Cannone, (1) (Hoffman, Petersson), 9:18

    Second Period
    BNG Eckford, (2) (Stone, Petersson), 1:35 (PP)
    BNG Grant, (1) (Stone), 2:51
    BNG Borowiecki, (1) (Claesson, Schneider), 6:35
    SYR Conacher, (3) (Johnson), 10:29
    SYR Barberio, (2) (Johnson, Connolly), 12:36 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Connolly, (2) (Labrie, Korobov), 6:57
    SYR Palat, (1) (Johnson, Panik), 11:39
    SYR Wyman, (1) (Panik, Barberio), 16:18

    Overtime
    SYR Panik, (1) , 3:44

    Richard Panik (pictured) was the game's first star, assisting on the final two goals in regulation of Syracuse's comeback before bagging the overtime winner. That's how you break out of your early season mini-slump in style.

    Tonight's win has to be considered a super concentrated, extra strength, team-building win. This was a vicious, nasty game that saw the teams rack up a combined 152 penalty minutes and reached the height of mutual contempt in the brawl between Lehner and Helenius at center ice. That, in and of itself, would make the W a sweet one. But, to crawl out of a 5-goal hole to get the 2 points? That's how you ingrain belief in the team concept. On the other end of the rink, Bingo not only blew a 5 goal lead, but they blew a 3 goal lead going into the Third Period, which should be a death sentence for the trailing team in professional hockey. That's going to be a devastating pill for them to swallow psychologically.

    Aside from Panik, multi-point nights abounded for the Crunch, with Tyler Johnson racking up 3 helpers and Mark Barberio and Brett Connolly each getting 1 goal and 1 assist. Newcomer Dmitry Korobov also hit the scoresheet for the first time this season with a helper and was a solid +3 in the win.

    Syracuse ended up outshooting Binghamton 42-27 in the game. The Crunch conclude the weekend tomorrow against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 41 weeks ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Fruitless on four previous power play attempts, the Syracuse Crunch found themselves with a two-man advantage for nearly two full minutes early in the third period Saturday.

    With plenty of extra time and space, it took only 34 seconds for Mark Barberio to set up Brett Connolly with a one-timer that beat Hershey Bears goalie Braden Holtby from the point.

    "I had a few chances last night and tonight," Connolly said. "It's always nice to see the puck go in the net."

  • 1 year 41 weeks ago

    Syracuse hangs on hard against one of the league's perennial powers.

    HER-3
    SYR-4

    Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory, in a successful return to North American hockey. This battle between Helenius and Dustin Tokarski for the top spot between the pipes in Syracuse is going to rage all season, and both guys are going to be better for it. It's an embarrassment of riches to boast two guys who won championships last season in the AHL and Finnish SM-liiga, respectively. Good. Problem. To. Have.

    First Period
    SYR Angelidis, (2) (Wyman), 11:23 (SH)

    Second Period
    SYR Johnson, (3) (Conacher, Palat), 5:36
    HER Mitchell, (1) , 7:26 (SH)
    HER Almeida, (1) (Taffe, DiSalvatore), 14:36
    SYR Conacher, (2) (Taormina), 18:44

    Third Period
    SYR Connolly, (1) (Barberio, Conacher), 5:02 (PP)
    HER DiSalvatore, (1) (Kundratek, Taffe), 13:04 (PP)

    Cory Conacher (pictured) and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars. For my money, Conacher was the best player in the league the first half of last season and Johnson the best in the second half. Why wouldn't they lead the Crunch in the home opener this year? With a little offseason rest, Conacher looks every bit the pesky scorer that tore up the league to start last year.

    Brett Connolly scored the winner to notch his first point of the season. It's only a matter of time until J.T. Brown and Richard Panik follow suit.

    No offense to our friends in Hershey, but I have to confess to being a little stunned that this year's version of the Bears is the least stacked, on paper, I've seen in a while. Sure, there's some fine players like Orlov and Holtby, but without the likes of Bourque or Giroux, this year's team lacks the fear factor of many recent editions. It's going to be interesting to see how the division plays out over the course of the season.

    The Crunch travel to Albany next on Friday.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 41 weeks ago

    A Syracuse comeback takes away a point on opening night.

    SYR-5
    ROC-6 (SO)

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 24 shots and 1 of 5 shooters to convert for the shootout loss. That's an ugly stat line for a young man trying to stave off a Riku Helenius challenge for the starting job.

    First Period
    RCH Tropp, (1) (Hodgson), 0:24
    SYR Barberio, (1) (Namestnikov, Killorn), 5:28 (PP)
    RCH Tropp, (2) (Adam, Schiestel), 14:52
    RCH Foligno, (1) (Porter, Mancari), 16:12

    Second Period
    RCH Pysyk, (1) (Rankin, Varone), 3:22
    SYR Angelidis, (1) (Wyman), 19:14

    Third Period
    SYR Conacher, (1) (Palat), 1:42
    SYR Johnson, (1) (Conacher, Taormina), 8:01
    SYR Johnson, (2) (Conacher, Palat), 10:09 (PP)
    RCH Mancari, (1) (Brennan, Foligno), 12:42 (PP)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    SYR- None
    ROC- Mancari

    Cory Conacher (pictured) was the game's second star after posting 1 goal and 2 assists on opening night.Tyler Johnson had a pair of goals and Ondrej Palat also had a multi-point night with a pair of helpers. Youngster Vladislav Namestnikov also posted his first professional point on an assist on Mark Barberio's game opening goal.

    I'm stunned that Syracuse threw out a shootout lineup of Palat, Connolly, Panik, Johnson, and Conacher and got nothing. That's five stud prospects with a lot of skill and... nada. I wouldn't have bet on that.

    Syracuse outshot Rochester 34-25 in the game, and was very game to come out of a three goal hole to get a point out of the night. When Johnson pulled Syracuse ahead for the first time in the Third Period, you even had to think for a moment that maybe that killer instinct from Norfolk last season was still in effect. There was plenty of good, plenty of bad, and plenty of coachable moments for Jon Cooper to work on the team with after this one.

    On to Syracuse tomorrow and the home opener against perennial power Hershey.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 year 42 weeks ago

    Alex Killorn (pictured) had 3 goals and 1 assist to lead Syracuse to a 6-5 overtime victory over St. John's. Richard Panik also had a multi-point game with 1 goal and 1 assist, as did Mark Barberio with a pair of assists, including 1 on Ondrej Palat's overtime winner. Reigning AHL MVP Cory Conacher also had a goal and J.T. Brown and Keith Aulie added single helpers.

    Dustin Tokarski was between the pipes for the Crunch.

    Syracuse completes its preseason 3-0-0, sweeping the IceCaps, and moves on to Rochester where they'll face the Americans on opening night of the regular season on Friday.

    Game story from syracusecrunch.com.

  • 1 year 42 weeks ago

    SYR-3
    STJ-2 (SO)

    Riku Helenius got the shootout victory, stopping 3 of 4 in the penalty shot session.

    Brett Connolly and Matt Taormina had Syracuse's goals during regulation. Connolly also had the winner in the shootout with Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson also converting.

    Game story from syracusecrunch.com.

  • 1 year 42 weeks ago

    New year, new affiliate, familiar result.

    SYR-4
    STJ-1

    Dustin Tokarski started the game, played in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and stopped 12 of 13 St. John's shots in the first period. Ben Maxwell beat him from in close when he knocked in a loose puck while on the power play. Tokarski took a seat on the bench in favor of Riku Helenius midway through the second period and the big Finn, making his return to North American ice, was perfect the rest of the way. Helenius is expected to play all of the Crunch's second preseason game, Friday night in Stephenville, Newfoundland.

    First Period
    SYR Conacher (Barberio)
    STJ Maxwell

    Second Period
    SYR Devos (SH) (Hutchings)
    SYR Panik

    Third Period
    SYR Killorn (SH, EN)

    No boxscores are available at this time, so the scoring summary is based on game reports from both teams. Conacher's goal was basically scored into an empty net, made possible by a back-door pass by reigning defenseman of the year, Mark Barberio (pictured). Philip-Michael Devos scored shorthanded, taking a pass from Alex Hutchings, who was stationed behind the net. Hutchings was big for OHL Barrie while shorthanded, leading the league in shorties by a wide margin his last year. It could be his ticket to playing time with the Crunch this season. Richard Panik scored from the left circle and Alex Killorn added an empty net shorthanded goal with just over two minutes left in the game.

    After the game, Syracuse coach Jon Cooper told the Syracuse Post-Standard that the team is well ahead of where they were last year at this time. And we all know how maliciously Norfolk treated the AHL record book last year. As we saw last season, the team can turn it on and dominate a period or two (or three), and after being outshot 13-11 in the first period tonight, they peppered IceCap goaltenders with 17 shots in the second period. St. John's managed six on Tokarski and Helenius in the second. Syracuse fans can expect to see plenty more periods like that this season.

    The Post-Standard said Cooper singled out the following players (non-scorers) for good play on Thursday: J. T. Brown, Vladislav Namestnikov, Danick Gauthier, Evan Oberg, Keith Aulie, Mark Barberio, Matt Taormina.

    Namestnikov (OHL London) and Gauthier (QMJHL St. John) were playing their first professional games. Taormina and Brown were making their "Lightning AHL affiliate" debut.

    Syracuse wore their road white/orange jerseys tonight with blue numbers to go with blue lightning pants. Their new uniforms will be unveiled later this month.

    Scratches for Friday's game are expected to include Conacher, Barberio, Aulie, Labrie, Oberg, Killorn, and Panik. That would mean Brett Connolly would make his AHL debut.

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