Dump Truck delivers (again).
Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout victory. Goaltending will be extra important if Syracuse is going to ride out this stretch at less than full strength, and Desjardins gave them that goaltending tonight.
SYR Paquette, (6) (Gauthier, Connolly), 12:00 (PP)
Desjardins and Cedric Paquette were the game's first and second stars. Paquette (Dump Truck!) had the game winning goal for the second straight game. Coming out of quite the scoring slumber, Brett Connolly also had an assist for the second straight game. That's a welcome sign from last year's 2nd Team AHL All-Star.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
No. 13 Miami RedHawks 4 @ Bemidji State Beavers 4
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was back in the Miami lineup on the fourth line after being a healthy scratch.
Saint Lawrence Saints 5 @ No. 15 North Dakota 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
This was a bad home loss for UND, who fell out of the USCHO top-20 last week.
No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-2-1, 2.15 GAA, .926 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox responded well after being pulled in his last game.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, 6/24 FO, *Second Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-32-47, +17, 22 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin had his 9-game multipoint streak end, but his point streak was extended to 14 games with a goal.
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 0 @ London Knights 4
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, -13, 14 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Lightning camper Brett Welychka was also scoreless. He is 6-14-20 in 26 games this year.
Barrie Colts 2 @ Guelph Storm 3
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 7 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-10-15, +17, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin fought defenseman Chadd Bauman.
Peterborough Petes 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-24-36, +13, 19 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen extended his point streak to seven games.
Dump Truck delivers.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.
SYR Kaunisto, (1) (Langelier-Parent, Neilson), 18:10
SYR Walker, (2) (Paquette, Korobov), 12:10 (PP)
STJ Jaffray, (7) (Gordon, Redmond), 13:52 (PP)
STJ Lipon, (4) (Lowry), 14:15
SYR Paquette, (5) (Devos, Gauthier), 15:36
SYR Gauthier, (3) (Connolly), 19:05 (EN)
Cedric Paquette (Dump Truck!) and Ray Kaunisto were the game's first and third stars.
I don't know what it is about the IceCaps, but the Lightning organization could stick cardboard cutouts in jerseys and still beat them. SyraNo has just had their number - big time - and tonight was a win Syracuse really needed to right the ship even though, when you look up and down the roster, it's very hard to find familiar names.
Syracuse faces Adirondack tomorrow as they attempt to put a little unlikely streak together here.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Cedric Paquette scored with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to lift Syracuse past the St. John's IceCaps, 4-2, snapping the Crunch's five-game losing streak at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I told them 'We are what we are, you game it out and play the right way and let the chips fall, and the result will take care of itself,'" said Crunch coach Rob Zettler.