Admirals Game Results

  • 3 years 39 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.


    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.

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  • 3 years 39 weeks ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    In his first game since being sent down, Brett Connolly made an immediate impact.

    Reassigned by the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday, Connolly scored three times to lead the Syracuse Crunch to a 5-1 win over the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    "I didn't expect to get three, but I wanted to help out and help the team win," he said. "I was fortunate enough to get a couple good looks and they went in for me."

    With the victory, Syracuse remains two points ahead of Binghamton in the East Division, and clinches home ice advantage in the first round of the postseason.

  • 3 years 39 weeks ago

    Back on track.


    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    SYR Connolly, (28) (Namestnikov, Korobov), 1:37

    Second Period
    SYR Connolly, (29) (Johnson, Palat), 8:28 (PP)
    SYR Johnson, (33) (Palat, Taormina), 10:11 (PP)
    SYR Wyman, (12) (Angelidis, Cote), 19:33

    Third Period
    SYR Connolly, (30) (Paradis, Lee), 2:08
    RCH Biega, (5) (Ellis, Mancari), 4:53

    Brett Connolly, Tyler Johnson, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

    The cavalry arrived, and just in time. Brett Connolly threw in a hat trick, his first as a pro, to get to 30 goals. For my money, this guy needs to be in the AHL MVP discussion prominently. He's been the most consistent Crunch player all year long, even more so than Tyler Johnson whose stats sagged a little after coming back from Lightning camp midway through the year. Connolly and Johnson are tied for 8th in the league in scoring at 60 points.

    Binghamton absolutely throttled Albany 5-0 to start the day, which put huge pressure on Syracuse to win. Meanwhile, Providence beat Springfield 2-0 in a head-to-head matchup that was advantageous for the Crunch. Syracuse remains 4 back of the Bruins, pulls into a tie with Springfield at 93 points, and remains 2 up on the Senators. All three teams have a game in hand on Syracuse, though. Next weekend, starting Friday, will be a 3-games-in-3-nights set to complete the regular season, all at home: Norfolk, Worcester, and a game against Binghamton that may well decide the East Division title. With Mark Barberio out of the lineup for Tampa Bay tonight and Victor Hedman back in, I would think more reinforcements are on the way, too.

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  • 3 years 40 weeks ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    After getting off to a quick start, the Syracuse Crunch offense fizzled.

    The Crunch lost a pair of one-goal leads, and fell in overtime to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Syracuse, reeling after two straight overtime losses, clings to a two point lead in the East Division.

    "Always when you lose, it's tough," said Crunch forward Ondrej Palat. "We just need to focus for the playoffs. (We have to) be better, finish the season strong."

  • 3 years 40 weeks ago

    Clinging to the division lead as the finish line nears.

    SYR-2 (OT)

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the overtime loss.

    First Period
    SYR Sexton, (9) (Richard, Palat), 2:09
    BRI Campbell, (6) (Donovan), 7:25
    SYR Palat, (13) (Sexton, Taormina), 12:45

    Second Period

    Third Period
    BRI Niederreiter, (27) (Nilsson, DeFazio), 7:27 (PP)

    BRI Nelson, (24) (Donovan, Wishart), 2:42

    Providence, Springfield, and Binghamton all won tonight, meaning Syracuse lost 1 point worth of ground on the entire field. So, Syracuse is now 4 points back of Providence, 2 back of Springfield, and 2 ahead of Binghamton with all three of those clubs holding a game in hand. Tyler Johnson and Brett Connolly did not play for Syracuse tonight after being sent down to the club today. Their arrival may be critical to the Crunch hanging onto the division title. Rochester is up next tomorrow night.

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  • 3 years 40 weeks ago

    Oh so close to getting the 2 points in the final road game of the season.

    LE-5 (OT)

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Yuck.

    First Period
    LE Thomas, (22) (Hishon, Lauridsen), 4:13
    SYR Sexton, (8) (Palat, Richard), 18:28

    Second Period
    SYR Namestnikov, (6) (Sustr, Korobov), 10:50 (PP)
    LE Connolly, (9) (Thomas, Beaupre), 14:14
    LE Vincour, (15) (Pock, Sullivan), 18:34 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Sustr, (1) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 2:03 (PP)
    SYR Devos, (6) (Brown, Taormina), 3:26
    LE Vincour, (16) (Hishon, Carey), 9:42

    LE Agozzino, (19) (Walker, Pock), 2:49

    Ondrej Palat got the extremely rare penalty shot in Overtime, but failed to convert against Lake Erie netminder Kent Patterson.

    Congratulations to Andrej Sustr on his first pro point, first pro goal, and first pro multi-point game.

    Tanner Richard got a helper. In related news, water is wet.

    Syracuse is now 3 points back of Providence and 1 points back of Springfield in the conference and 3 points ahead of Binghamton in the division. They head home for a hugely important 5 game homestand to finish the regular season. With Ryan Malone back for Tampa Bay, might Coach Zettler get back one of his star players for the kick at the finish line?

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  • 3 years 40 weeks ago

    Rob Zettler's first win allows Syracuse to keep pace in the East.


    Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 20 shots for the big win. Once again, he's eased his season save percentage up to .900.

    First Period
    SYR Cote, (3) (Devos, Hutchings), 10:07

    Second Period
    HER Crabb, (2) (Taffe, Schmidt), 19:05

    Third Period
    SYR Palat, (12) (Richard, Sexton), 3:50

    Ondrej Palat and J.P. Cote were the game's first and second stars.

    Congratulations to Tanner Richard on his first professional point. Naturally, it was an assist. Luke Witkowski made his professional debut in the game.

    This is how Syracuse has to scratch out wins with their finishers called up to Tampa Bay. It's got to be low scoring games and finding a way to get key goals at key times. Providence and Springfield won tonight, and Binghamton is going down late to Norfolk. If that holds, that will leave Syracuse 2 points behind Providence for tops in the East and 2 points clear of Binghamton for the East Division lead. Syracuse's last road game of the regular season is Tuesday against Lake Erie. They'll end with 5 straight at home, which might be edge they need to take the top spot in the East.

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  • 3 years 41 weeks ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Rob Zettler kept his attention on the task at hand.

    The Syracuse Crunch coach, despite hearing his team had clinched a playoff spot with a pair of Eastern Conference teams losing, focused on his team's comeback attempt late in the third period. But the 3-1 deficit turned to 4-1 with an empty-netter, and the Hershey Bears provided the rain for the Crunch clinching party at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday night.

    "We're in, but it didn't feel very good," Zettler said.

  • 3 years 41 weeks ago

    Still seeking win one under Zettler.


    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    HER Kane, (14) (Orlov, Wellman), 9:18
    SYR Jacques, (6) (Angelidis), 17:08

    Second Period
    HER Kundratek, (14) (Potulny, Kane), 19:21

    Third Period
    HER LeBlanc, (10) , 10:06
    HER Kundratek, (15) , 19:51 (EN)

    Time is slipping away for the Crunch to regain their footing. They will end the night 2 points out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference and tied inside their division. They have a rematch with Hershey in Hershey tomorrow night, which starts a 2 game road trip that will be the final roadie of the regular season.

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  • 3 years 41 weeks ago

    Crunch only get 1 point out of a Norfolk weekend. Bad.


    Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the loss. Hard to get mad at him when he got zero goal support. Former JYP mate (and really good player) Sami Vatanen with the dagger, too.

    First Period

    Second Period
    NOR Vatanen, (8) (Wilson, Smith-Pelly), 7:21

    Third Period
    NOR Mitchell, (10) (Smith-Pelly, Wilson), 4:52

    Syracuse did outshoot Norfolk 41-27, but they're missing their best finishers with so many callups to Tampa Bay. They have to be hoping/wishing/praying for someone like Lecavalier to come off the IR quickly.

    It's now a 4-way tie atop the Eastern Conference with Springfield, Providence, Syracuse, and Binghamton all tied at 87 points. Providence holds 1 game in hand on the Crunch and Springfield holds 2.

    8 games remain in the regular season. 6 of those 8 contests are in Syracuse starting with a matchup against Hershey on Friday.

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