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Crunch Down Bears for Fifth-Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After allowing the first goal late in the opening frame, the Syracuse Crunch fired back.

Mike Angelidis tied the score to start the annual teddy bear toss early in the second, Syracuse netted three goals in the third period, and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 29 saves, as the Crunch beat the Hershey Bears, 4-1, to win their fifth straight at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

For Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler, the big third period came down to the team creating traffic in front of Hershey netminder Philipp Grubauer.

"The bottom line was I thought we had a lot of chances -- especially in the first and second period -- but I thought (Grubauer) saw everything," Zettler said. "That goal, that power play goal, Joel Vermin was right in front of him, it went off of him and he didn't see it."

AHL Game Night: 12-12-14 Bears at Crunch

Vasilevskiy's rampage continues.

HER-1
SYR-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. He finally saw his shutout streak snapped, but his performance tonight raised his season save percentage to .918 and lowered his GAA to 2.34. He's allowed 1 or fewer goals in each of his last 4 starts and won 7 of his last 8 starts. He has the potential to elevate Syracuse from a playoff contender to a championship contender.

First Period
HER Galiev, (8) (Carrick, Kennedy), 15:48 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Angelidis, (9) (Ikonen, Blunden), 4:13

Third Period
SYR Vermin, (7) (Blujus, Koekkoek), 15:03 (PP)
SYR Smith, (7) (Namestnikov, Marchessault), 16:19
SYR Ikonen, (2) , 19:25 (EN)

Joel Vermin, Vasilevskiy, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-12-14

Vladivostok 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 12-7-19, +4, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the GWG in 20:15 of ice time in Yugra's 2-1 win over Vladivostok.

Mytischi 3 vs. Astana 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-4-5, -1, 20 PIM

Dmitry Korobov had an assist in 20:26 of ice time in Mytischi's 4-3 loss to Astana. Astana got a goal from captain and former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski, which was Bochenski's 15th of the season.

Bratislava 3 vs. Ufa 2 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 27/29, 1.85 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 5-10-4, 2 SO, 2.72 GAA, .896 sv%

Jaroslav Janus turned aside 5 of 6 in the penalty shot session to lift Slovan to a 3-2 win over Ufa. Ex-Rangers farmhand Ilkka Heikkinen had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Ufa.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 11

This week's edition of The BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Vasilevskiy is making his move… how does this relate to the future goaltending depth chart?
· Freaking out about the freaking out
· Cameron Darcy drama
· Interview with Vlad Namestnikov
· BP Mailbag (Projecting Brian Hart … Connolly vs Drouin on the PP… Most improved in Syracuse… Jaro Janus coming back?)
· Weekly prospect review (What Gauthier has to do to earn another year)

Click here to listen

To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-11-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (SO)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 21-23-44, +17, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec lost its third straight game, albeit in a shootout. Erne, who scored his 21st goal of the season to match last year’s total in 20 less games, was the final shooter for Quebec in the skills competition, but couldn’t convert.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 5 @ Sarnia Sting 2

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-25-33, E, 60 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his lead for scoring by defensemen to four points with an assist on Thursday.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ North Bay Battalion 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-6-15, -8, 36 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor scored four times on 16 shots to win the first game of their northern road trip.

Niagara IceDogs 7 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-8-13, -21, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin is at the Czech World Juniors camp. He’ll return to Peterborough after the tournament in January. We’ll resume following the Petes when he returns.

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