Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler will look at the tape, but he already knows what it will show.
The Crunch allowed three first period goals and struggled to get sustained pressure, as they fell to the Americans, 4-1, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester Friday.
"All of our chances came from getting it deep and then going from there," Zettler said. "We have some good size and we have some guys that can grind it out down low, but we weren't committed to doing that."
Thin Crunch defense ad rusty goaltending exposed.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. After the game, Head Coach Rob Zettler said Gudlevsis might've wanted a couple of those goals back. That's perhaps unsurprising considering tonight was Kristers' first game action in a couple of weeks since standing on his head against Canada in the Olympics. Rust and readjustment were perhaps to be expected.
RCH Larsson, (12) (Catenacci, Armia), 11:29
RCH Tardif, (18) (Varone, Ruhwedel), 14:41 (PP)
RCH Schaller, (4) (Pysyk, Lieuwen), 17:51
RCH Armia, (6) (Gillies, Ruhwedel), 14:05
SYR Angelidis, (10) (Namestnikov, Nesterov), 8:56
With injuries and the recent trade of Matt Taormina leaving the Crunch thin on the backline, they had to press some of their more fringe prospects into service. The result was Rochester swiftly racing out to a 4-0 lead. Follow the minuses and you'll see exactly who Rochester was picking on. Couple a green D with shaky goaltending, and that's the end result.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Dinamo Minsk 1 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Regular season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Nadezhda Cup totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Jaroslav Janus sat backup today for Bratislava's 1-0 Nadezhda Cup opening loss to Minsk. The Nadezhda Cup is sort of a mini "best of the worst" tournament for KHL clubs that don't make the postseason. Slovan managed just 16 shots on goal in the tight-checking defeat.
The day also saw the start of the KHL Eastern Conference playoffs with 4 games, none of which featured Lightning prospects. Magnitogorsk (Koshechkin) and Ufa (Vasilevskiy) will begin their KHL Western Conference playoff runs tomorrow while Khanty-Mansiysk (Gusev) will get their first kick at the can in the Nadezhda Cup.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits, 9/14 FO
Season totals: 43 GP, 25-71-96, +47, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Halifax broke open a tie game in the third period with three goals en route to a 7-4 win. Drouin had one assist in the game. He had six points in his previous game. Rising 2014 prospect Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists for the Mooseheads, snapping his streak of games with a hat trick at three.
Note: After spending two weeks at home in Connecticut nursing a minor spleen laceration, Adam Erne has returned to Quebec City. No word yet when he'll be back in the Remparts lineup.
Ontario Hockey League
Belleville Bulls 1 @ North Bay Battalion 8
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 4-23-27, +4, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Snowman in North Bay.
Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Barrie Colts 5
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 10-23-33, +17, 115 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin was injured in the game (KICX photo). No word yet on the severity of the injury.
Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 21-43-64, +16, 39 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Power forward Nick Ritchie (6-3, 225; 2014 eligible) scored his 37th goal of the season in overtime for the Petes. Ikonen scored his 21st goal of the year on the power play with 11 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Saginaw Spirit 8 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 15-38-53, +44, 51 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
The Spits took it on the chin at home to Saginaw. Koekkoek left the game injured after his fight with Jeremiah Addison (6-0, 183; 2014 eligible). Addison made a big, clean check on a Spitfire and Koekkoek answered by dropping his gloves. Neither player got a punch in before Addison wrestled/twisted Koekkoek to the ice. According to Windsor Star reporter Jim Parker, the team is calling Koekkoek’s ailment an upper body injury and he will not play Friday. This will be Koekkoek’s first game missed due to injury this year after missing at least half of the last two seasons.
Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the loss. I didn't consider any of the 3 goals weak ones, but again, you want your goaltender to help you keep contact in a close game like that and Lindback doesn't.
15:56 BUF Myers (9), (unassisted)
9:25 BUF Foligno (7), (Hodgson, Myers)
13:44 BUF Hodgson (16), (Foligno)
17:31 TB Johnson (19), (Hedman)
Tonight's result was not for a lack of effort, shots, or chances. They outshot Buffalo 44-21, which is amazing considering how low the Lightning's shot totals were on the last roadtrip. They came out with a lot of adrenaline flowing and put a ton of pressure on the Sabres. It led to them getting a little loose defensively and some stupid turnovers like the thing Mark Barberio did on Buffalo's first goal, but for the most part I can't be mad at what I saw. They dominated the faceoff circles. They dominated possession. In his return and wearing the "C" for the first time, Steven Stamkos had at least 3 chances he'd probably have potted were it not for needing to shake off a little rust. In the end, though, Jhonas Enroth stood on his head at a very inopportune time with the Lightning's playoff chances starting to head south.
Mike Kostka had 7 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:57. Yes, it's the Sabres, but you have to be encouraged at how well he filled in with Gudas out of the lineup and how active he was offensively.
Richard Panik had 1 hit in 13:12. The stats don't tell the tale. He was a lot stronger and more confident on the puck than he was before his demotion to Syracuse. He's now 1 game away from graduation from prospect status on the website.
Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 13:52. He failed to convert 2 breakaways and you can see how distraught he was at the bench. He's probably never faced a scoring slump like this in his life. He also is 1 game away from graduation from prospect status on the site.