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Crunch Falter in Third, Fall to Devils 4-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Tyler Johnson, it was a game he'd rather just forget.

Despite tallying a pair of goals to break out of an 11-game drought, the Syracuse Crunch forward had trouble coming up with words to describe the third period.

The Crunch, who came into the frame with a two-goal lead on the Albany Devils, allowed four straight goals in a 4-3 loss at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. One night after snapping a two-game losing streak, Syracuse found itself with the same problems that caused it to drop six out of the previous eight.

"It was just a lot of stupid mistakes, it was uncharacteristic of our team," Johnson said. "I can't really think of a word except horrendous; it just wasn't good. Our effort was there, it was just dumb. We didn't play smart."

ECHL Game Night: 2-9-13

Orlando Solar Bears 3 @ Florida Everblades 7

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 37 GP, 13-19-32, -1, 28 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season totals: 29 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 29 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 12-6-2, 3.09 GAA, .906 SV%, 0 SO

Florida scored six times in the first period en route to a 7-3 win over the visiting Solar Bears. The ‘Blades had six different goal scorers on Saturday. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings was recalled to AHL Syracuse after Alex Killorn was presumably recalled by the Lightning. No official announcement has been made.

Box Score

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-9-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 4

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 41 GP, 6-24-30, +17, 42 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) hit 30 points for the first time in his brief QMJHL career, helping Val-d’Or to a 4-2 win over the visiting Pheonix on Saturday. Sergeev’s previous career high for points in a season was 27, set in 64 games two years ago. The Foreurs are ninth of 18 clubs in the QMJHL league standings. The top 16 make the playoffs.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 5

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 4-13-17, -1, 56 PIM
With Barrie: 12 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 17 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin returned from missing a game to notch an assist in Barrie’s 5-3 loss to Saginaw. He has 17 points this season, two shy of his career high set in 64 games last year. Barrie leads the Eastern Conference by four points over Belleville.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

ECHL Game Night: 2-8-13

Florida Everblades 3 @ Orlando Solar Bears 4 (SO)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 13-19-32, -1, 28 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-9-12, +3, 23 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 28 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 24 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Shootout loss, 36 saves on 39 shots
Season totals: 24 GP, 12-6-2, 3.09 GAA, .906 SV%, 0 SO

Orlando avenged a Thursday night loss to the Everblades by rallying from a 3-0 deficit and winning in a shootout on Saturday. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings participated in the shootout, but did not convert his attempt. Florida was 0-4 in the skills competition. Former Lightning draft pick Chris Lawrence had an assist for Orlando and scored on his shootout chance.

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