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Crunch Confident Despite Dropping Second Straight Game in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler still sees his team as a confident group.

The Crunch fell behind despite outshooting the Springfield Falcons 18-8 in the first period and rallied to tie the score in the third, but Syracuse ultimately lost in overtime for a second straight night, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Despite multiple lineup shuffles due to injuries and trades, the Crunch increased their point streak to seven games to maintain their lead in the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference.

"The last two games we lost in overtime, I get it," Zettler said. "We're able to scrounge a point out of it the last two games. We're still generating a lot of chances, we're just not scoring right now."

AHL Game Night: 2-7-15 Falcons at Crunch

Revenge of the Bolt Prospects alumnus...

SPR-2
SYR-1 (OT)

Allen York allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. That's a quality effort for Syracuse's new backup.

First Period
SPR Craig, (12) (Sauve, Chaput), 7:11

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (15) (Richard, Koekkoek), 12:37 (PP)

Overtime
SPR Dano, (10) (Tyrell), 4:13

York was the game's third star.

On a night where Ric Flair was in the building signing autographs, it was a WCW-esque swerve that saw Bolt Prospects Alumni Ryan Craig score Springfield's lone regulation goal and fellow Bolt Prospects Alumni Dana Tyrell assist on the OT winner. It's like when Curt Hennig sided with the nWo in the cage at Fall Brawl. No!

Syracuse holds a 1 point lead for the Eastern Conference lead and the overall AHL points lead, as of this posting.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 2-7-15 Kings at Lightning

Whose idea was it to start a game at 5 pm?

LAK-4
TB-2

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 9 shots for the loss before giving way to Andrei Vasilevskiy, who allowed 1 goal on 20 shots the rest of the way. Sadly, Vasiy couldn't make that 1 more key stop he needed to give the team a real chance to complete the comeback bid.

First Period
1:33 LAK Toffoli (14), (unassisted)
12:30 LAK Williams (14), (Lewis, Muzzin)
19:58 LAK Doughty (5), (Regehr, Kopitar)

Second Period
0:58 TB Kucherov (19), (unassisted)

Third Period
1:34 TB Hedman (7), (Callahan)
7:46 LAK Williams (15), (Gaborik, Regehr)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

The Lightning just didn't show up mentally until the game was already 3-0 at the end of the First Period. Chalk it up to the early start tonight, perhaps, but it was unacceptable. They need to be ready to go from the jump tomorrow against the Ducks or they'll have zero chance.

Luke Witkowski was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 15:22. He, unfortunately, fell down trying to backtrack on a Filppula turnover on the first goal against, but was otherwise quiet, as usual.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 17:15. He was very active on the first shift of the Second Period, with the resulting pressure ending up in Kucherov's goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 2-7-15

Mytischi 2 vs. Ekaterinburg 3 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 1-8-9, E, 51 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 24:04 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-2 shootout loss to Ekaterinburg. Defenseman Albert Yarullin had a helper in defeat for Mytischi and now has 5 goals and 16 points in 23 games since joining the team. Ex-NHLer Anton Babchuk also had a goal in the loss.

Dinamo Minsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 19-13-32, +2, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev had Yugra's only goal, his 19th of the campaign, and 16:35 of ice time in their 3-1 loss to Minsk. Gusev had 8 goals and 14 points in 44 games with Yugra last season. Ex-Edmonton farmhand Charles Linglet led the way for Minsk with 2 goals and 3 points.

NCAA Game Night: 2-6-15

No. 6 Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 15 Yale Bulldogs 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Former Minnesota high schooler Alex Lyon (undrafted) stopped all 24 shots he faced to shut out rival Harvard, 3-0.

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5 @ No. 12 UMass-Lowell Redhawks 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-4-6, +10, 38 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod (Daily Free Press photo) had the only assist on Evan Rodrigues’s first of three goals on the night in BU’s 5-2 win Friday over UMass-Lowell. BU is now 18-4-4.

No. 16 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Cornell Big Red 0 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-21-26, +1, 23 PIM

2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Travis St. Denis (undrafted) scored in overtime to break a scoreless tie and lift Quinnipiac to victory.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 26 GP, 13-8-3, 2.64 GAA, .902 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Minnesota skated out to leads of 2-0 and 4-1 before giving up a late goal to give the game its final score.

*USCHO poll used

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