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Crunch Let Lead Slip Away in Loss to Flames


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."

AHL Game Night: 4-17-15 Flames at Crunch

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.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-16-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals

QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 5 @ QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2
Quebec wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 1/5 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 11-3-14, +4, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec completed the four-game sweep of the Islanders, winning 5-2 Thursday night on PEI. The Remparts have now won five straight games since losing Game 6 to Cape Breton in the first round. Adam Erne’s five-game goal streak came to an end, though he had an assist. The Remparts will wait to see who they play next; the other three series are still going.

NHL Playoff Game Night: 4-16-15 Red Wings at Lightning

Done in by a softie.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Game One

DET-3
TB-2

Detroit Leads the Series 1-0

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 14 shots for the loss. What an ugly stat line. Only one of the goals was soft, but as they often are, a soft goal ended up being the margin in the game. Bishop's got a lot to prove, as tonight was his first NHL playoff debut. The good news, I suppose, is that Bishop hasn't wet the bed in two straight games all season long. So, I'd expect his best next time out.

First Period
9:03 DET Datsyuk (1), (Quincey, Helm)
14:31 TB Boyle (1), (unassisted)(SH)

Second Period
0:08 DET Datsyuk (2), (Helm)(PP)

Third Period
5:50 DET Glendening (1), (unassisted)(SH)
8:26 TB Nesterov (1), (Callahan, Killorn)

Brian Boyle was the game's third star.

The Lightning probably deserved better in this game, outshooting Detroit 46-14. Their speed earned them a lot of possession on the forecheck and nearly a half dozen odd man rushes in the game, but they struggled to convert and they didn't get much puck luck on second opportunities despite the amount of rubber they threw Mrazek's way. I'd expect the Lightning get the tape of this game and decipher one or two subtle changes to their approach that may yield them a little more success on that front. From a confidence standpoint, though, after what happened last year against Montreal, this team desperately needs to get Game Two.

The power play needs to not go 0-for-7. It didn't look terrible, but they need to get the payoff if the Wings are going to keep taking infractions.

The stats say Hedman and Stamkos had a much better game than the eye test indicated, so I will refrain from giving my "best players need to be best players" speech for not. If Stammer keeps getting 8 shots on goal a night, I like his chances of getting a breakthrough sooner rather than later, and Hedman had his moments, although I believe he has another gear above the one he showed tonight, to be sure.

Nikita Nesterov had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 3 hits in 17:01. I thought he was one of the 2-3 best d-men on the Lightning tonight along with Coburn and Stralman.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-16-15 Crunch at Devils

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.

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