Admirals Game Results

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Down to the final buzzer, the Syracuse Crunch couldn't find a way out of their slump.

    The Crunch tied the score late in the first period but the Penguins finished with three power play goals and goalie Matt Murray shut the door with 33 saves, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton beat Syracuse, 5-2, in Game 3 the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

    The Crunch lost 12 of their final 13 games and was swept 3-0 in the series.

    "I thought we had a great run up until the last three weeks of the season," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "I didn't see a lot of ups and downs. I saw a pretty consistent hockey team that won a lot of games and worked extremely hard and played really well."

  • 4 weeks 2 days ago

    Too little, too late.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game Three

    WBS-5
    SYR-2

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Wins the Series 3-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss. He finishes the playoffs with the ugly 0-3 mark and an .833 save percentage after seeing his regular season save percentage slip to .900 at the finish line. He's a prospect at a crossroads.

    First Period
    WBS Wilson, (1) (Sheary, Ebbett), 7:53 (PP)
    SYR Gourde, (1) (Witkowski, Peca), 16:53

    Second Period
    WBS Sheary, (1) (Kostopoulos, Pouliot), 2:39

    Third Period
    WBS Sheary, (2) (Wilson, Dumoulin), 1:59 (PP)
    WBS Pouliot, (1) (Kapanen, Chorney), 4:30 (PP)
    SYR Richard, (1) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 5:36
    WBS Ebbett, (1) (Uher), 18:42 (EN)

    Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.

    This team accomplished a lot of good things this season, particularly when you look at the development of their young defensemen. It's a shame they just ran out of gas at the end of the season, because they showed amazing resiliency and the ability to really fight above their weight class all season long. There are some reinforcements coming in the way of some top Lightning prospects like Erne and DeAngelo next season, but it'll be critical for the team to find the right mix of veterans and semi-veterans to form the heart of the team next year.

    We'll see which prospects go up top to join Tampa Bay as Black Aces. For the ones that do, it'll be a great opportunity to see what the big time is like up close.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 4 weeks 6 days ago

    One of the worst nights in Lightning organization history.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game Two

    SYR-0
    WBS-4

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Leads the Series 2-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss. He played ok, from all indications, but the Crunch really need a goaltender to win a game for them right now.

    First Period
    WBS Megna, (1) (Ebbett, Sheary), 2:32 (PP)
    WBS Rowney, (2) (Archibald, Harrington), 16:32 (PP)
    WBS Kostopoulos, (1) , 19:59 (PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    WBS Kapanen, (3) (Sheary, Ebbett), 16:10

    Zettler went with some wholesale lineup changes, but unfortunately that didn't lead to any offensive production. The good news, I suppose, is that the shot totals were nearly even at 29-27 in favor of the Pens. With that said, the Crunch continue to look like a team without much life, and Game Three may only offer an opportunity for players who will need to be key contributors in Syracuse next season, like Matthew Peca to get a little more seasoning.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 17 hours ago

    Can't stop the bleeding.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Game One

    SYR- 1
    WBS- 5

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Leads the Series 1-0

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots the rest of the way. Coach Zettler is tasked with the impossible task of choosing between a streaky goaltender who appears to have gone completely cold and a rookie ATO who has never won a professional game for Game Two. Flip a coin.

    First Period
    WBS Uher, (1) (Kuhnhackl, Rowney), 16:52

    Second Period
    WBS Kapanen, (1) (Megna), 6:03
    WBS Rowney, (1) (Goers, Uher), 6:34
    WBS Kapanen, (2) (Goers, Megna), 7:43
    SYR Peca, (1) (Angelidis, Vermin), 14:00

    Third Period
    WBS Syvret, (1) (Rowney, Sheary), 12:32

    Syracuse entered the playoffs having won just 1 of their last 10 down the stretch, and they got dominated tonight. It's not just that they didn't get the goaltending, but they also got outshot 35-23 as well, which gives you an idea of run of play. There's a small silver lining with Matthew Peca getting his first pro playoff goal, but it's super, super small. The Pens pinned a -4 on Syracuse's offensive bell cow, Jonathan Marchessault, and if Marchessault's line can't win their shifts, then Syracuse likely has no prayer.

    Honestly, I've got no helpful suggestions or tweaks that I can suggest at this juncture. I kept waiting for this team to gel with all the roster changes and ATO additions down the stretch, and it simply hasn't happened.

    Game Two is tomorrow night.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 weeks 6 days ago

    Crunch complete their limp into the playoffs.

    BRI-4
    SYR-2

    Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals in 18 shots for the loss. Ugly stat line.

    First Period
    SYR Peca, (1) (Ikonen, Vermin), 5:11
    BRI Jeffrey, (25) (Quine), 6:57

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    BRI Mouillierat, (24) (Pulock, Quine), 9:53 (PP)
    BRI Markison, (1) (Sundstrom), 15:19
    SYR Blujus, (4) (Dotchin, Marchessault), 19:38 (PP)
    BRI Mayfield, (1) , 19:56 (EN)

    Matthew Peca, who scored his first professional goal, was the game's first star.

    Syracuse outshot Bridgeport 33-19 in the contest, but couldn't turn the tide on the scoreboard. The club finished the regular season 1-7-2 in their last 10 games. Ouch. The team will be the 5th seed in the East and start on the road against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the opening round. It's hard to feel confident, though, given the team's marked swoon over the past 10 games.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 weeks 17 hours ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Despite having a two goal lead early in the third period, the Syracuse Crunch couldn't hold on.

    The Flames scored twice in the final 14 minutes of regulation and Ken Agostino netted the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime, as Adirondack beat Syracuse, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "We lack the discipline to play a tighter game late in the third period," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "They wanted to open up and we seemed like we wanted to go right along with that ride and open it up a little bit. Instead of clamping down and making smart plays throughout he neutral zone, we failed to do that."

  • 6 weeks 18 hours ago

    Snake bitten and still struggling.

    ADK-5
    SYR-4 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. After getting his save percentage up as high as .906, Gudlevskis' recent struggles have dropped him back down to the goaltending Mendoza line of .900.

    First Period
    SYR Vermin, (12) (Peca, Koekkoek), 4:39
    ADK Poirier, (18) , Reinhart, 19:16

    Second Period
    SYR Point, (2) (Marchessault, Kunyk), 0:47
    SYR Gourde, (29) (Point, Ikonen), 4:52
    ADK Yonkman, (2) (Tousignant, Harris), 16:24

    Third Period
    SYR Marchessault, (24) (Dotchin, Peca), 3:29
    ADK Wolf, (20) (Kulak), 13:43
    ADK Elson, (17) , 16:31

    Overtime
    ADK Agostino, (14) (Kulak, Arnold), 0:39

    Jonathan Marchessault and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars. Throw in that Matthew Peca had his first multi-point night as a pro, and you had a hat trick of important Lightning forward prospects producing. Therein lies the silver lining of tonight's loss: the offense is starting to come around, finally. That doesn't take all the sting out of coughing up a pair of 2 goal leads, but it's something.

    Syracuse sits 2 points behind Hartford for the division lead, which will yield the East #3 seed in the playoffs.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 weeks 1 day ago

    Sinking ship.

    SYR-2
    ALB-6

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 6 goals on 24 shots. Ugly.

    First Period
    SYR Gourde, (28) , 3:41
    ALB Whitney, (21) (Lorito, Scarlett), 16:51

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    ALB Helgeson, (2) (Whitney, Lorito), 1:03
    ALB Thomson, (8) , 1:57
    ALB Whitney, (22) (Burlon, Lorito), 7:33 (PP)
    ALB Lorito, (3) (Sislo, Scarlett), 13:30 (PP)
    ALB Matteau, (11) (Lorito, Hrabarenka), 16:16
    SYR Richard, (13) (Ashton), 18:52 (PP)

    The team just dissolved in the Third Period. What a catastrophe.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 weeks 5 days ago

    Tight, costly loss.

    SYR-1
    UTI-2

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the hard luck loss, as Syracuse continues to struggle to manufacture any goal support.

    First Period
    SYR Lynch, (3) (Point), 7:55

    Second Period
    UTI Shinkaruk, (16) (O'Reilly, Sanguinetti), 4:45 (PP)
    UTI Conacher, (10) (O'Reilly, Shinkaruk), 15:21 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Stabbed in the back by ex Bolt Prospect Cory Conacher. Say it ain't so.

    With Hartford winning again today, the Wolf Pack have tied Syracuse for the division lead in points, pushing the Crunch down to the 5th seed (hopefully temporarily). Presumably, the team will start to get some roster stability starting this week once the Lightning start returning to full strength for the playoffs. That may just mean that Witkowski gets returned to Syracuse, but hopefully it means no more shuttling of players back and forth for a little while and the offense can begin to rebuild some continuity.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    One night after a come-from-behind win, the Syracuse Crunch just didn't have the same third period magic.

    The Crunch, who scored three unanswered goals to top the Sound Tigers in overtime Friday, controlled play throughout most of the first period but went into the intermission trailing by one. Springfield turned the tables in the second and Syracuse's comeback fell short, as the Crunch lost to the Falcons, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    "I thought we started the game really well," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "I thought we were skating and generating a lot of chances in the first. In the second, they flipped it on us, and they had most of the momentum and were creating chances. In the third, we held play in their end but weren't generating any chances. For whatever reason there were opportunities but they didn't turn into good scoring chances for us."

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