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Get to know the next wave of players in the Lightning system by keeping tabs on them in Crunch Corner, where the Lightning Insider will provide updates on the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa Bay’s affiliate in the American Hockey League, throughout the season.




Syracuse Crunch fall to Grand Rapids in Calder Cup Final


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
June 13, 2017


From Syracuse Crunch press release:

The Syracuse Crunch took the Grand Rapids Griffins to six games, but eventually fell in the Calder Cup Finals with a 4-3 loss at Van Andel Arena tonight.

Yanni Gourde led the Syracuse with two goals tonight, while Matt Taormina contributed a goal and an assist each. The Crunch held the lead three times, but the Griffins kept pace before taking control of the game in the final minutes. Grand Rapids took the best-of-seven series, 4-2.

Mike McKenna made 22 saves in net for the Crunch, while Jared Coreau turned aside 29-of-32. Syracuse was unable to convert on four power play opportunities and shut down 3-of-4 Grand Rapids man-advantages.

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Facing elimination, Syracuse Crunch erupt in Calder Cup Final


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
June 10, 2017


The season was on the line for the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday.

They went out and played like it.

The Crunch offense erupted in the first period and Syracuse never looked back, cruising to a 5-1 victory against Grand Rapids in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Final and staving off elimination.

The Crunch trail the best-of-seven series 3-2 and look to keep the season alive on Tuesday in Grand Rapids in Game 6.

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Crunch on the brink after dropping game on home ice for the first time in playoffs


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
June 9, 2017


From Syracuse Crunch press release:

The Syracuse Crunch let up the first goal and just couldn’t catch the Grand Rapids Griffins as they dropped Game 4, 3-2, at the War Memorial Arena.

After going down by three, the Crunch surged in small bursts to climb back within one off goals from Yanni Gourde and Michael Bournival, but failed to find the equalizer in their first home loss of the playoffs. Syracuse had a 10-0 home streak snap and now face a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals series.

The Crunch look to stave off elimination on Saturday in Game 5.

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Crunch remain perfect at home to climb back in to Calder Cup Final series agianst Grand Rapids


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
June 7, 2017


From Syracuse Crunch press release:

Joel Vermin potted two goals for the Syracuse Crunch as they took down the Grand Rapids Griffins, 5-3, to earn their first victory of the Calder Cup Finals tonight at the War Memorial Arena.

Syracuse came out strong and opened scoring early in the first period off a second-chance goal by Byron Froese. Grand Rapids quickly tied it up, but Vermin’s two markers 57 seconds apart put the Crunch back on top before the first intermission. Both sides added two in the middle frame as Syracuse held on to secure their 10th win on home ice. The Crunch now trail the Griffins, 2-1, in the best-of-seven series. Syracuse will serve as the backdrop for Game 4 on Friday.

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Crunch in double trouble after double OT loss


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
June 3, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch are now in double trouble.

A double-overtime loss to Grand Rapids on Saturday puts the Crunch in to deep hole two games in to the Calder Cup Final.

Ben Street scored on shot from the slot 7:02 in to the second overtime to give the Griffins a 6-5 victory and take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

The series shifts to Syracuse for Game 3 on Wednesday.

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Crunch tempt fate one too many times in Calder Cup opener


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
June 2, 2017


Keep tempting fate and fate usually finds a way to come out on top.

For the Syracuse Crunch in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Final, fate came in the form of the Grand Rapids power play and the Crunch kept taunting.

In the final minute of regulation play, fate won out again – as it usually does – when the Griffins converted on their sixth power play chance of the night and pull out a 3-2 victory on Friday.

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Calder Cup Finals: Syracuse and Grand Rapids set for 2013 rematch, players to watch

by Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
June 2, 2017


For the third time in the past six years, the top Tampa Bay Lightning minor league affiliate will play for an American Hockey League championship.

The Syracuse Crunch captured the Eastern Conference championship last week, defeating the Providence Bruins in five games for their second Eastern Conference crown since 2013, the first year of the affiliation between Tampa Bay and Syracuse.

The Crunch will face the Grand Rapids Griffins, the top affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, in the Calder Cup Final. The best-of-seven series begins play on Friday in Grand Rapids in a rematch of the 2013 Final, won by Grand Rapids in six games.

Here’s a look at the series and what to expect:

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Conacher leads Crunch to Calder Cup Final


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 27, 2017


Cory Conacher sent the Syracuse Crunch to the Calder Cup Final.

The former American Hockey League MVP scored the tie-breaking goal with 5:06 left in the third period and then added an empty netter for his second of the night to lift Syracuse to a 3-1 victory against the Providence Bruins on Saturday at War Memorial.

The Crunch won the series in five games, winning all three games at home to close out the series. Syracuse will face the Grand Rapids Griffins in the Final, setting up a rematch of the 2013 Final.

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Crunch on verge of Calder Cup Final berth after Game 4 rout


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
May 26, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch remain perfect at home in the Calder Cup playoffs, as they defeated the Providence Bruins 7-2 on Friday at War Memorial Arena.

With the victory, the Crunch take a 3-1 series lead into Game 5 with a chance to earn their ninth straight home playoff victory on Saturday and advance to the Calder Cup Finals.

Syracuse head coach Ben Groulx acknowledged how the energy from the home crowd energizes his team at War Memorial.

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Home Ice remains an advantage for Crunch as Syracuse gains series lead


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 24, 2017


Home is where the heart lies.

For the Syracuse Crunch, home is also where playoff victories are grown.

The Crunch once again used home ice as an advantage to gain an edge in the Eastern Conference finals against the Providence Bruins.

Mike McKenna stopped 37 shots while Cory Conacher finished with two goals and four point sto lead Syracuse to a 5-4 victory at War Memorial in Game 3 of the conference finals. Yanni Gourde and Matt Taormina each had a goal and assist to help give the Crunch a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4 will take place on Friday in Syracuse where the Crunch remain perfect in postseason play.

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Crunch fall in overtime, head home with a split in Eastern Conference finals


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 21, 2017


Having already stolen home-ice advantage, the Syracuse Crunch looked to be greedy on Sunday night.

With the middle games of the Eastern Conference finals all taking place at War Memorial in Syracuse, the Crunch set out seeking to increase their chances of not having to return to Providence for the book-end of the series.

But despite grabbing an early lead, Syracuse was unable to build on it and fell in overtime 2-1 to the Providence Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

With the series now tied 1-1, the series will shift to Syracuse for Game 3 on Wednesday.

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Crunch open conference finals with a road victory


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 17, 2017


Less than 48 hours after celebrating an emotional Game 7 victory, the Syracuse Crunch were back on the ice for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Crunch picked right back up where they left off two days earlier.

Syracuse jumped out to an early lead and never looked back to defeat the Providence Bruins 6-3 to grab a 1-0 series lead.

Mike McKenna stopped 33 shots while Yanni Gourde, Gabriel Dumont and Joel Vermin each finished with a goal and an assist.

Game 2 will be on Sunday back at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

Syracuse will have to put together a more complete effort to grab a 2-0 series lead.

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Crunch keep composure, rally for Game 7 victory to advance to conference finals


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 17, 2017


Down, never out.

Now the Syracuse Crunch are moving on.

Matthew Peca notched the third-period winning goal to lift the Crunch to a 6-3 victory on Wednesday against the Toronto Marlies in Game 7 of the North Division finals.

Syracuse moves on to the Eastern Conference finals for the second time as the Lightning affiliate. The Crunch will face the Providence Bruins, which knocked off Hershey in Game 7, starting Friday in Providence.

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Special teams disadvantage leads to Crunch loss to Toronto


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 15, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch lead the American Hockey League in shorthanded goals this postseason.

On Monday, the Crunch pushed that number to four, double the amount of the next closest team.

Of course, with the number of penalties the Crunch have taken during the playoffs, they’ve had plenty of opportunities to score while down a man. But the flip side is having to kill off all those penalties.

Eventually, it comes back to bite you.

That proved to be the difference in Game 6 of the North Division finals as Toronto scored a pair of power play goals to propel the Marlies to a 2-1 victory and force a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday.

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Crunch "Don't go chasing waterfalls'' in Game 5 against Toronto to grab series lead


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 13, 2017


Syracuse got right back to where it started from on Saturday.

With Mike McKenna back in goal and the Crunch back on home ice, things looked back to normal as Syracuse took one step closer to advancing to the Eastern Conference finals in the American Hockey League playoffs.

McKenna, pulled in a Game 4 loss, stopped 26 shots while the Crunch received multi-point efforts from Yanni Gourde, Erik Condra and Jonathan Racine in a 5-1 victory against Toronto.

Syracuse also received goals from Kevin Lynch, Matthew Peca, Gabriel Dumont and Joel Vermin to grab a 3-2 series lead while remaining perfect at War Memorial this postseason.

Game 6 is back in Toronto on Monday.

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Crunch suffer hangover loss to Toronto, series shifts back to Syracuse tied 2-2


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 10, 2017


A night after imploding late in the game, the Syracuse Crunch are now fit to be tied.

Syracuse failed to return some of what was handed to them in the previous game and fell to the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in Game Four of the North Division finals at Richoh Coliseum on Wednesday.

The series is tied at two games apiece heading to Saturday’s Game 5 back in Syracuse.

Syracuse lost for the second consecuctive game in the series, with a last-minute meltdown on Tuesday preventing the Crunch from grabbing a 3-0 series lead.

Now Syracuse needs to find a way to regain control of the series and get back on track.

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Last-minute meltdown sees Syracuse fail to gain a stranglehold against Toronto


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 9, 2017


One-hundred and twenty seconds.

That is all that stood in front of the Syracuse Crunch and virtual ticket to the Eastern Conference finals in the American Hockey League playoffs.

In the blink of an eye, everything shifted as if a hole in the ice opened up in front of them and everybody stumbled in to the freezing water below just before reaching the finish line.

What could have been a commanding series lead for Syracuse provided sudden life for the Toronto Marlies following a 5-3 victory in Game 3 of the North Division finals. The Crunch still hold a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 back at Richoh Coliseum in Toronto on Wednesday.

But the stunning end to Tuesday may have provided a cosmic shift in momentum in the series.

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Crazy Eight! Crunch explode offensively to grab a 2-0 series lead against Toronto


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 6, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch played a game of crazy eight against Toronto on Saturday

Fourteen different players recorded a point for Syracuse as the offense erupted in an 8-5 victory in Game 2 of the North Division finals at War Memorial.

The Crunch hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 will move to Richoh Arena in Toronto on Tuesday.

Cory Conacher had two shorthanded goals while Matthew Peca and Joel Vermin also scored twice. Yanni Gourde recorded three assists. Michael Bournival and Tye McGinn also scored for Syracuse, which has won five consecutive games.

Mike McKenna faced just 19 shots on goal, including eight through the opening two periods as the Crunch raced out to a 6-1 lead early in the second.

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Revenge for Crunch is best served Froese(n)


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
May 5, 2017


Revenge can be a dish best served Froese(n)!

Byron Froese picked up two points, including the game-winning goal, against his former team as the Syracuse Crunch opened up second-round play in the American Hockey League playoffs with a 3-1 victory against the Toronto Marlies on Friday.

Captain Erik Condra also had a goal and an assist while Yanni Gourde picked up his first point of the playoffs with an empty-net insurance goal with 1:17 left in regulation. Mike McKenna stopped 24 shots as the Crunch matched their season long best with a fourth consecutive victory.

The Crunch grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that resumes play on Saturday with Game 2 back in Syracuse.

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Dumont plays OT hero to send Syracuse Crunch to the second round of AHL playoffs


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
April 28, 2017


Gabriel Dumont spent half this season trying to re-establish an NHL career in a energy line role.

But in the American Hockey League, Dumont plays more of a scoring line role.

On Friday, he notched the series-clinching overtime goal to send the Syracuse Crunch in to the second found of the AHL playoffs.

Dumont, who appeared in 39 games with the Lightning this season, scored his first goal of the playoffs 2:18 in to overtime to give Syracuse a 2-1 victory and win the series 3-1 against St. John's, the team Dumont served as captain a season ago.

The Crunch advance to face the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs), which won their series against Albany with a triple-overtime victory on Friday. The series will open on Friday (May 5) in Syracuse.

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Syracuse Crunch know the clinching game will be the most difficult to win

by Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
April 27, 2017


The last game of a playoff series is always the toughest to win.

The Syracuse Crunch are about to find out just how hard it really is.

The Crunch host Game 4 of the North Division semifinals on Friday, leading the best-of-five series against St. John’s 2-1. (The game can be heard tonight on tblpowerplay.com A victory pushes Syracuse to a second-round matchup against the winner of the series between Albany and Toronto. A loss pushes the series to a deciding Game 5 on Saturday.

Syracuse wants to ensure business is taken care of tonight.

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Trade deadline acquisitions help Syracuse Crunch grab series lead against St. John's


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
April 26, 2017


At the NHL trade deadline this season, the Lightning proved to be the biggest seller, moving Ben Bishop, Brian Boyle and Valtteri Filppula.

But when it came to addressing the Syracuse Crunch, Steve Yzmerman and assistant general manager Julien BriseBois were buyers at the deadline.

On Wednesday, those two moves paid dividends as Syracuse knocked off St. John’s 3-2 in Game 3 of the North Division semifinals. The Crunch lead the best-of-five series 2-1.

Iit was goaltender Mike McKenna and center Byron Froese – the two players acquired by the organization primarily to boost the Syracuse roster - who had the biggest impact in the victory.

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Crunch return home seeking to build on newly formed chemistry

by Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
April 25, 2017


A split is the ideal situation for the road team to start a playoff series.

Especially when that team owns the home ice advantage.

Syracuse returns to the War Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday to host Game 3 of the North Division semifinals against the St. John’s IceCaps in the best-of-five series. The series is tied at a game apiece after the teams each won a game in St. John’s over the weekend.(The game can be heard tonight on tblpowerplay.com

Syracuse, the top seed in the North Division, will also host Game 4 on Friday and a possible Game 5 on Saturday. And now, two games in to the series, the Crunch hope with all the new faces that have been added to the locker room, the right chemistry is starting to come together.

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McGinn Tyes first-round series for Crunch in double-overtime thriller


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
April 22, 2017


In a thrilling and sometimes controversial double-overtime affair, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to tie the best-of-five opening series against St. John's at a game apiece.

The Crunch overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period and a waived off goal in overtime before Tye McGinn tallied the game-winner in the second overtime to defeat the St. John’s IceCaps 4-3 at Mile One Centre on Saturday.

The series now shifts to Syracuse for the remainder of the series, starting Wednesday with Game 3.

But earning their first victory of the postseason as an uphill battle for the Crunch.

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Crunch drop opening game of series to St. John's


By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
April 21, 2017


The top seeded Syracuse Crunch, which captured the North Division title, opted to start their opening round playoff series on the road against the St. John's IceCaps.

With the long travel involved to get to Newfoundland, in the Atlantic region of Canada, Crunch management chose to get the travel out of the way and play the last three potential games at War Memorial. But Syracuse better find their road game quickly to ensure those home games count.

St. John's took Game 1 of the best-of-five series on Friday, knocking off Syracuse 2-1 at MIle One Centre. Game 2 will take place on Saturday before the series shifts to Syracuse on Wednesday for Game 3.

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Resilient Crunch hope reinforcements will lead to deep playoff run

by Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
April 21, 2017


Through band aids, patchwork lineups and sheer determination, the Syracuse Crunch survived the American Hockey League season despite a roster constantly raided by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Welcome to life as an affiliate of a National Hockey League team.

Despite using 44 different players through call ups, tryout contracts and trades, the Crunch open up play in the 2017 AHL playoffs as North Division champions and will fact the St. John’s Ice Caps (Montreal affiliate) in the best-of-five opening round starting with Friday’s Game 1 at St. John’s at 6:30 p.m. EDT.(The game can be heard tonight on tblpowerplay.com

The Crunch do hold home-ice advantage in the series and had the choice of starting at home or playing the first two games on the road, opting to get the final three potential games in Syracuse next week.

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Crunch close season as division champs following victory against Utica


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
April 15, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch finished the regular season by capturing the North Division title with a 5-2 victory over the Utica Comets at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

Adam Erne, Brett Howden, Henri Ikonen, John Kurtz and Joel Vermin each scored for the Crunch who earned two points and passed the Toronto Marlies for first place in the division to end the regular season with their fourth win in as many games.

Howden’s goal was the third of his professional career and he now has four points in five games with the Crunch.

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 23-of-25 shots to earn his 15th win of the season while Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko made 25 saves in the losing effort. Syracuse tallied one goal on four power-play attempts while finishing a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

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Crunch keep pace in division race heading in to final game


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
April 8, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

Michael Bournival, Erik Condra, Brett Howden and Matthew Peca scored goals for the Crunch as they stayed within one point of the Toronto Marlies who are in first place in the North Division with one game left in the regular season.

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Welcome back! Crunch get back reinforcements, romp to 7-2 victory against Utica


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
April 12, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch clinched home ice in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs by defeating the Utica Comets 7-2 at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday.

Syracuse exploded for 17 shots and five goals in the third period, as they took full advantage of the roster additions they received earlier this week from the Tampa Bay Lightning to clinch home ice advantage in the first round of the AHL playoffs.

With the Lightning eliminated from playoff contention, seven Crunch players who had been with the Lightning for an extended period were reassigned to Syracuse on Sunday and Monday. They included six players that dressed for the Crunch against the Comets — Michael Bournival, Cory Conacher, Jake Dotchin, Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde and Joel Vermin.

Those players combined for four goals and six assists in their first game back in action with the Crunch.

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Howden's first professional goal lifts Syracuse closer to a playoff spot


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
April 8, 2017


Brett Howden’s first professional goal was the game-winner for the Syracuse Crunch in a 3-2 victory over the Albany Devils at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

In just his second game as a pro, the 19-year-old tallied his first goal with just 3:22 left in the third period as Syracuse pulled within a point of the Toronto Marlies for the North Division lead with the win. Dominik Masin and Tanner Richard also added goals, as the Crunch extended the gap between them and the third-place Devils to five points with just three games left in the regular season.

Syracuse reduced its magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one point.

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 24-of-26 shots to earn his 14th victory of the season and Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 saves. The Crunch went 1-for-4 on the power play and held Albany to 1-for-6 with the man advantage. it was also the professional debut for Dennis Yan, who was held scoreless in the contest.

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Crunch blow two-goal lead, fall in overtime to Senators


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
April 7, 2017


Brett Howden made his professional debut for the Syracuse Crunch but they fell to the Binghamton Senators 4-3 in overtime at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday.

Howden, 19, was a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and was held scoreless in his first pro game since joining the Crunch after his postseason with Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League ended earlier this week.

Tye McGinn tallied a pair of goals and Henri Ikonen added another, but the Senators scored goals just nine seconds apart late in the third period to tie it before Nick Paul scored the game winner in the extra session.

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Taormina named top defenseman in American Hockey League

by Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
April 3, 2017


Syracuse Crunch defenseman Matt Taormina was named the Eddie Shore Award as the Most Outstanding American Hockey League Defenseman.

Taormina has already established career highs with 14 goals, 42 assists and 56 points, tied for the league-lead among defenseman in scoring heading in to the final two weeks of the AHL season. Taormina leads the league with 29 power play points. He was also named an AHL First-team All-Star earlier this week.

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Crunch blanked by Devils in Albany


Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
April 5, 2017


The Albany Devils scored three special teams goals as they blanked the shorthanded Syracuse Crunch 3-0 at Times Union Center on Wednesday

The Crunch were playing without their leading scorer, Cory Conacher, and Michael Bournival, who were each recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier on Wednesday afternoon.

The call-ups came at a tough time for a Crunch team seeking to take back their lead in the North Division and clinch a playoff spot with just five games left in the regular season. The Crunch, who are now 34-24-6-7 on the year with 81 points, are second in a division were just nine points separate the first place Toronto Marlies (85 points) and the fifth place St. John’s IceCaps (76) as the season draws to a close..

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Crunch fall to Toronto in a shootout for the second consecutive night


By Kevin Erlendsson | @KErlendsson | Like us on Facebook
April 1, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch failed to maintain a two-goal lead Saturday night as they dropped a second consecutive shootout loss to the Toronto Marlies, 3-2.

Kevin Lynch opened the scoring in the first period, and was the lone scorer in the shootout for Syracuse. Tanner Richard added his 13th of the season to extend the lead to two, Tye McGinn contributed two assists, and Erik Condra added a helper on Richard’s goal.

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Crunch rally to earn a point in division showdown with Toronto


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
March 31, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch overcame a two-goal deficit to force overtime and earn a point in the standings but fell in a shootout to the Toronto Marlies, 3-2 at War Memorial Arena on Friday.

It was the first meeting between the clubs since the Marlies beat the Crunch 4-0 on Sunday to move into first place in the North Division. Despite Friday’s loss, the Crunch are just one point behind the Marlies for the division lead and are 34-23-6-6 with 80 points this season.

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Hajek's first career goal highlights offensive outburst for Crunch


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
March 29, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch scored six unanswered goals, led by rookie defenseman Libor Hajek’s first professional goal, as they defeated the Binghamton Senators 6-1 at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday.

It was the first game back in action for the Crunch since falling to second place in the North Division after a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Sunday. Syracuse responded with a strong team effort against the Senators, as 11 different players figured into the scoring.

The Crunch improved to 34-23-6-5 overall and their 79 points tie them with the Marlies for the most in the North Division with just eight games left in the regular season.

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Crunch fall to second place after falling to Toronto on Sunday


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
March 26, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch dropped a 4-0 decision to the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum to complete their third game in three days on Sunday.

With the loss, the Crunch are 33-23-6-5 on the season with 77 points and have fallen to second place in the North Division, the first time Syracuse has not occupied the top spot in the division since Nov. 29.

The Marlies have taken the division lead with 79 points but just five points separate the top four teams in the North, as the AHL enters the final weeks of regular season play.

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Crunch rebound on Saturday for a 5-1 victory against Utica


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
March 25, 2017


Just one night after being on the wrong side of a 5-1 game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Syracuse Crunch defeated the Utica Comets by the same count at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

Cory Conacher paced all Crunch players with two goals and an assist, and Henri Ikonen, John Kurtz and Byron Froese each added goals as the Crunch improved to 33-22-6-5 on the season and maintain their lead in the North Division with 77 points.

It’s the sort of game the Crunch needed with just 10 contests left in the regular season, as they look to gain momentum and hold their division lead heading into the Calder Cup playoffs.

Mike McKenna stopped 20-of-21 shots to earn his second victory with the Crunch and 11th of the season, while Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko made 28 saves in the losing effort. Syracuse went 2-for-5 on the power play and held Utica off the board in five opportunities with the man advantage

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Crunch outmatched by AHL's top team


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
March 24, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch were outmatched against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and it showed as they dropped a 5-1 decision at War Memorial Arena on Friday.

Facing off against the AHL’s best team, the Crunch were without a handful of injured players, including Tanner Richard and Daniel Walcott. Slater Koekkoek was also out after being recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday morning. He was reassigned to the Crunch after the game concluded and could return to the team’s lineup as early as Saturday.

Add to it, the fact that the Crunch were also playing without Jake Dotchin, Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde, Joel Vermin and Luke Witkowski — all of which are playing for the injury-riddled Lightning right now — and Friday night’s result doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.

With the loss, the Crunch fell to 32-22-6-5 overall but continue to lead the North Division with 75 points.

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Crunch increase division lead as Peca scores twice to secure OT win


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
March 18, 2017


In a battle between the top two teams in the North Division, the Syracuse Crunch came out with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Albany Devils at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

Matthew Peca scored both goals for the Crunch, who returned home after splitting a pair of games on the road, to defeat the Devils and now hold a three-point lead in the North Division. The Crunch improved to 32-21-6-5 and lead the division with 75 points on the season.

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 41-of-42 shots he faced to earn his 13th win of the season, while Devils goaltender Ken Appleby made 26 saves in the losing effort. The Crunch were a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and their lone power play goal in four opportunities came in overtime.

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After Condra named new Crunch captain, Syracuse falls to Utica


By Steven DiOssi | @StevenDiOssi | Like us on Facebook
March 17, 2017


Tye McGinn scored for the fifth consecutive game but the Syracuse Crunch dropped a 4-3 decision to the Utica Comets at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Friday.

After falling behind 3-1 in the third period, the Crunch scored twice in a span of 30 seconds to tie it. But that wasn’t enough, as the Comets took the lead and held on for the victory.

Henri Ikonen and Mike Halmo also tallied goals for the Crunch, who have wins in five of their past 10 contests and are now 31-21-6-5 on the season. Their 73 points lead the North Division and are two more than the second-place Albany Devils with just 13 games remaining in the regular season.

Mike McKenna made 19 saves while Utica goaltender Thatcher Demko stopped 35-of-38 shots in the winning effort. The Crunch went 1-for-3 with the man advantage and held the Comets to one power play goal in four chances.

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Crunch rally twice in third, defeat Lehigh Valley in overtime


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March 15, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch overcame two separate one-goal deficits to force overtime and defeat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 5-4 at PPL Center on Wednesday.

After taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Slater Koekkoek and John Kurtz, the Crunch yielded three unanswered goals in the middle frame. They evened the score on a goal by Kevin Lynch at 8:16 of the third period before the Phantoms took the lead again with 2:04 left to play. Matt Taormina knotted the game at four goals a side with his power play tally with 1:04 remaining before Tye McGinn scored the game winner in overtime.

The Crunch earned two crucial points in their playoff push without some of their top forwards in the lineup and dressing just 16 skaters. Leading point-scorer Cory Conacher, leading goal-scorer Byron Froese, Tanner Richard and Michael Bournival were each out, as were defensemen Dominik Masin and Daniel Walcott

Despite playing with just three traditional centers, the Crunch improved to 31-20-6-5 and hold a three-point lead over the Albany Devils in the North Division with just 14 games remaining in the regular season.

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Crunch squeeze out a point against St. John's with shorthanded lineup


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March 11, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch overcame a one-goal deficit in the third period but fell in overtime, 3-2, to the St. John's IceCaps at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

Byron Froese scored his 26th goal of the season and Ty McGinn tallied a goal for the third straight game as the Crunch dropped to 30-20-6-5 this season. Syracuse maintains their lead in the North Division with 71 points — one more than the second place Albany Devils — despite often playing without some of their best players who have been called up to the Tampa Bay Lightning this season.

The Lightning, who have battled injuries to key players throughout the season, recalled Matthew Peca before their game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, after they lost Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette to injuries against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

This forced the Crunch to play with just three traditional centers — Kevin Lynch, Mike McNamee and Froese — against the IceCaps.

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Crunch fail to hold lead, lose game late to former teammate

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March 10, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch dropped a 3-2 decision to the Springfield Thunderbirds in former goaltender Adam Wilcox's return to War Memorial Arena on Friday.

Wilcox faced his former team for the first time since being traded for veteran netminder Mike McKenna at the NHL's trade deadline on March 1 and made 29 saves to earn the victory.

Byron Froese, who was also acquired by the Crunch in a deal before the trade deadline, made his Syracuse debut and tallied his 25th goal of the season and added an assist. Tye McGinn also scored for the second straight game and Kristers Gudlevskis made 24 saves for the Crunch, who have now dropped three of their past five contests.

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Conacher helps lead the way to big night on special teams for Crunch


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March 8, 2017


Cory Conacher exploded for two goals and two assists to lead the Syracuse Crunch to a 4-2 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps at War Memorial Arena on Wednesday.

Conacher assisted on goals by Adam Comrie and Tye McGinn before scoring a pair of his own. In 47 games, he is third on the Crunch with 14 goals and leads the team with 37 assists and 51 points.

The Crunch, who had dropped two of their past three contests heading into the game, improved to 30-19-5-5 on the season and maintain their position atop the North Division standings with just 17 games remaining in the regular season.

Kristers Gudlevskis got the start in goal and stopped 25-of-27 shots he faced to earn his 11th win of the year and IceCaps goaltender Charlie Lindgren yielded three goals on 26 shots. The Crunch went 3-for-7 on the power play and held the IceCaps scoreless in four attempts with the man-advantage.

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Crunch fail to finish off weekend on a high note despite late comeback


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March 5, 2017


A late third period rally fell short Sunday evening as the Syracuse Crunch dropped the second half of the home-and-home series with Binghamton, 6-4.

John Kurtz and Mike Halmo scored 14 seconds apart with less than two minutes to go in the game, before the Senators’ Jason Akeson finished off his hattrick with his second empty-netter of the period to ice it. Daniel Walcott scored in his second straight game, while Matthew Peca registered a goal and an assist.

Casey Bailey enjoyed a three-point night, picking up an assist in addition to scoring the first goal of the game and adding a power play goal late in the second period. Former Lightning/Crunch forward Mike Blunden had the other Binghamton goal.

Matt O’Connor stopped 38 of 42 Syracuse shots to pick up the victory, while Mike McKenna made 29 saves in dropping his second game in as many starts since being acquired from Florida on March 1.

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Crunch offense erupts in the third period


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March 4, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch exploded for three goals in 2:06 Saturday night to break a third period tie, defeating the Binghamton Senators 4-1. The win snapped a three-game losing streak against the Senators at the War Memorial Arena.

Yanni Gourde led the way for the Crunch, opening the scoring with his 21st goal of the season seven minutes into the second and netting his 22nd in the third to extend the lead to 3-1. Daniel Walcott had a two-point night, recording an assist and the game-winning goal in the third, while Erik Condra provided two assists, including the primary helper on Walcott’s game-winner.

Mathieu Brodeur capped off the scoring at the 4:33 mark of the third period, with Condra and Walcott registering the helpers. Casey Bailey scored the lone Senators goal of the night, tying the game at one just two minutes into the third period.

Kristers Gudlevskies picked up his 11th victory of the season, stopping 28-of-29 shots. Binghamton’s Chris Driedger made 36 saves in the losing effort.

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Syracuse tripped up on home ice by Hershey in McKenna's debut


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March 3, 2017


The Crunch didn’t have much to be pleased with after losing yet again to the Hershey Bears on Friday night by a final of 5-1.

It was not an ideal return for Mike McKenna to the Lightning organization as he was pulled in the second period having saved just 5-of-9 shots in his first start since being acquired from the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. Kristers Gudlevskis closed out the game stopping 8-of-9 pucks directed on goal.

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Condra's first professional hat trick leads Crunch to victory


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February 25, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Rochester Americans 4-3 to sweep the home-and-home series between the teams at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

Erik Condra scored a hat trick and Yanni Gourde tallied his team-leading 20th goal of the season as the Crunch improved to 28-17-5-5 overall and maintain their position atop the North Division with 66 points.

Adam Wilcox stopped 27 shots and earned his 17th win of the year, while Rochester goaltender John Muse stopped 31-of-35 shots he faced. The Crunch scored one power play goal on six chances and held the Amerks to a lone goal in three opportunities with the man advantage.

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Crunch rally late to pick up last-minute victory against Rochester


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February 24, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch completed a third period comeback by tallying two goals in just over a minute to defeat the Rochester Americans 5-4 at Blue Cross Arena on Friday.

Matthew Peca, Joel Vermin and Kevin Lynch scored in the first two periods to give the Crunch a 3-2 lead as they entered the final frame. After Syracuse fell behind 4-3 in the third, they rallied behind goals by Adam Erne and Yanni Gourde in the final minute and 11 seconds of regulation to earn the victory. With the win, the Crunch improve to 27-17-5-5 on the season and lead the North Division with 64 points

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Crunch stumble late in morning matinee at Toronto, fall in overtime


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February 22, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch carried a two-goal lead into the third period, but the Toronto Marlies scored three unanswered goals to skate away with a 3-2 overtime victory at Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.

Cory Conacher paced the Crunch with two goals in the first period and Syracuse held the Marlies to just one shot in the middle frame. Toronto, however, closed the gap in a dominant third period, before capping the comeback with Brett Findlay’s game-winner in the extra session. Conacher, who leads all Crunch players with 44 points, had some extra motivation in the matinee tilt — he was facing off against his younger brother, Shane, for the first time as a professional. Despite Cory’s individual performance, Shane took the first matchup between the brothers behind two goals from Findlay.

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Syracuse bounces back and holds on for victory at St. John's


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February 19, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch were able to bounce back a day after being drubbed by the St. John’s IceCaps, earning a weekend split with a 5-3 victory at Mile One Center.

The Crunch snapped a two-game losing streak in which they lost both games by identical 6-1 scores.

Adam Erne scored twice, his second two-goal game since returning from injury, as the Crunch opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period and held off a late St. John's rally.

Adam Wilcox stopped 27 shots to earn the victory.

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Crunch crushed by Ice Caps in first of weekend set


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February 18, 2017


The roughest stretch of the season has struck the Syracuse Crunch.

Syracuse headed to St. John’s for a weekend set against the Ice Caps and snowed under in the first game, falling 6-1 on Saturday.

The two teams finish the weekend set Sunday afternoon.

Kristers Gudlevskis failed to get out of the second period when he was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Adam Wilcox allowed two goals on 17 shots in relief.

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Undisciplined Crunch fail to keep pace with Devils


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February 15, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch had their two-game win streak halted as they fell to the Albany Devils 6-1 at Times Union Center on Wednesday.

It was a night where not much went right for Syracuse, which was outplayed by Albany for most of an important divisional contest between the clubs late in the season.

The Crunch were outshot 35-27 by the Devils, went scoreless in seven power play opportunities and received 45 minutes in penalties of their own. The Devils converted on 3-of-8 chances with the man advantage and beat Adam Wilcox six times on 29 shots through 40 minutes before Kristers Gudlevskis started the third period in relief. Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 26-of-27 shots he faced in the winning effort.

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Crunch close out weekend with second consecutive victory


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February 12, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch capped their third three-in-three of the season by defeating the Utica Comets 3-2 at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Sunday.

Adam Erne tallied his third goal in two games since returning from injury, while Yanni Gourde added his league-leading fourth shorthanded goal of the season. Joel Vermin potted the game-winner as the Crunch improved to 25-15-4-5 on the season. They earned four of a possible six points in their past three games and lead the North Division with 59 points.

Kristers Gudlevskis earned his second consecutive victory by stopping 39-of-41 shots he faced, while Thatcher Demko made 14 saves for the Comets. The Crunch were held scoreless in three power play opportunities and the Comets converted on 1-of-5 opportunities with the man advantage.

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Erne returns to Syracuse lineup to lead Crunch to victory


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February 11, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch welcomed by Adam Erne to the lineup and trounced the Rochester Americans on Saturday with a 5-2 victory

Erne, who suffered a fractured foot while up with the Lightning in January, played his first game with the Crunch since Dec. 31 and scored twice and added an assist.

Yanni Gourde and Mike Halmo scored in the opening five minutes of the game and the Crunch never looked back to improve to 24-14-4-5 on the season. Cory Conacher and Cam Darcy also scored for Syracuse, which completes a three-in-three weekend at Utica on Sunday.

Kristers Gudlevskis finished with 25 saves for the victory.

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Late power play chance dooms Crunch in return to home ice


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February 10, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch returned home after a six-game road trip, but their homecoming was spoiled as they fell to the Binghamton Senators 3-2 at War Memorial Arena on Friday.

The Crunch overcame a one-goal deficit in the third period when Jeremy Morin capitalized on a penalty shot opportunity before Senators forward Max McCormick tallied the game-winner on a shorthanded goal with just 54 seconds left in the contest. It was a disappointing finish for a Syracuse team playing their first home game since Jan. 21.

Joel Vermin scored the other goal for the Crunch who dropped their second straight game and are now 23-15-4-5 overall this season. They maintain their lead in the North Division with 55 points, with two games in hand over the second place Albany Devils.

Adam Wilcox made 19 saves while Senators goaltender Matt O’Connor stopped 25-of-27 shots in the winning effort. The Crunch went 0-for-4 on the power play but kept the Senators scoreless in three chances with the man advantage.

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Undisciplined play burns Syracuse Crunch in loss at Toronto


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February 5, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in a matinee rematch between the clubs at Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday.

The Crunch fell behind 3-0 entering the third period and received goals from Tanner Richard and Adam Comrie but were unable to score the equalizer and dropped to 23-14-4-5 on the season. They continue to hold first place in the North Division with 54 points through 46 regular season contests.

Cory Conacher paced the Crunch in scoring for the second straight game, tallying two assists and extending his league-leading road points scoring streak to nine games — he’s registered three goals and nine assists during that span.

Adam Wilcox received the call between the pipes for the second straight game and turned aside 25 shots, while Marlies goaltender Garrett Sparks also made 25 saves. The teams combined for 20 power plays and 76 penalty minutes in the contest, with the Crunch going 1-for-9 with the man advantage and limiting the Marlies to 2-for-11 on the afternoon.

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Conacher leads Crunch to victory over Marlies


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February 4, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch broke open a tie game in the third period with a pair of goals and defeated the Toronto Marlies 5-3 at Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday

Cory Conacher paced the Crunch with two goals and assist, while Tanner Richard, Mike Halmo and Kevin Lynch each added goals. Conacher is on a five-game point streak and currently holds the league’s longest active road points streak with 11 points.

The Crunch improved to 23-13-4-5 on the season and maintain their lead in the North Division with 55 points

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Syracuse Crunch furious rally comes up just short at Albany


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February 2, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch fell short in their attempt to overcome a three-goal third period deficit and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Albany Devils at Times Union Center on Thursday.

Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard each tallied goals for the Crunch who are now 2-1-1-0 in the eight-game season series against the Devils and 22-13-4-5 overall on the season. The Crunch maintain first place in the North Division with 53 points, with one game in hand over the second place Devils.

Kristers Gudlevskis made 24 saves while Albany goaltender Ken Appleby stopped 22-of-24 shots in the winning effort. The Crunch went 1-for-5 on the power play, tallying their first goal with the man advantage since Jan. 16 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and went a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the contest.

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Crunch head in to All-Star break on positive note with shootout win at Utica


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January 28, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Utica Comets 4-3 in a shootout at Utica Memorial Auditorium on Saturday.

Joel Vermin, Adam Comrie and Dominik Masin tallied goals in regulation before Cory Conacher scored the game-winning goal in the third round of the shootout. The Crunch secured back-to-back victories for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Dec. 7 to Dec. 10 and are now 3-3-1 in the 12-game Galaxy Cup season series against the Comets. Syracuse improved to 22-12-4-5 overall on the season and maintain their lead in the North Division with 53 points.

Adam Wilcox stopped 5-of-7 shots he faced before he was relieved by Kristers Gudlevskis at 7:38 of the second period. Gudlevskis made 11 saves and stopped all three Utica attempts in the shootout to secure his seventh win of the year. Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko made 26 saves on 29 shots and was beaten once in the shootout on three tries. The Crunch were held scoreless in five power play opportunities but went 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.

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Syracuse Crunch hold off late rally to get back in the win column


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January 27, 2017


Syracuse held off a late rally and hung on for a 4-3 victory at Springfield on Friday.

The Crunch snapped a four-game winless streak, picking up their first win since Jan. 16. The victory also ended a six-game road winless streak for Syracuse.

Cory Conacher, Yanni Gourde and Henrik Ikonen each finished with a goal and an assist. Adam Wilcox finished with 26 saves, holding off the Thunderbirds third-period surge.

Mathieu Brodeur, who earlier in the day signed his AHL contract, also scored for the Crunch, which improved to 21-12-4-5 on the season. Syracuse will close out the weekend on Saturday at Utica before the All-Star break.

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Overtime once again unkind to Syracuse Crunch


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January 25, 2017


For the 12th time this season the Syracuse Crunch played extra hockey.

For the ninth time, the Crunch failed to secure the extra available point in overtime.

David Warsofsky scored the winning goal with 1.2 seconds remaining in the extra session on Wednesday to give Wilkes-Barre/Scanton the 3-2 victory at Mohegan Sun Arena. The goal came seconds after an apparent tripping penalty against the Penguins went uncalled.

Joel Vermin, returned to the Crunch earlier this week after a short stint with the Lightning, and Adam Comrie scored for the Crunch, which continues a string of six consecutive road games at Springfield on Friday.

Syracuse remains winless in its past four contests but maintains a lead in the North Division with 49 points and one game in hand over the Albany Devils.

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Syracuse Crunch shutout at home by Utica


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January 21, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch yielded four goals in the third period and fell 4-0 to the Utica Comets at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

The Crunch were shutout for the first time at home since Dec. 19, 2015, and the loss brings their record to 20-12-3-5 on the season. Syracuse maintains their lead in the North Division despite being tied with the Albany Devils with 48 points as they have have one game in hand.

Adam Wilcox made 24 saves while Comets goaltender Richard Bachman turned aside all 20 shots he faced to earn the shutout. The Crunch were unable to convert on four power play opportunities but held Utica scoreless in four chances with the man advantage.

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Syracuse Crunch make rare appearance in the loss column


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January 18, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch dropped a 4-2 decision to the Binghamton Senators at War Memorial Arena on Friday.

Jeremy Morin and Yanni Gourde tallied goals for the Crunch as they fell in regulation for just the second time in their past 10 contests. Despite the loss, Syracuse is 20-11-3-5 and maintains their position atop the North Division standings with 48 points.

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 19-of-22 shots while Senators goaltender Matt O’Connor made 34 saves in the winning effort. Both teams were unable to convert on the power play as Binghamton was shut out in four attempts and held the Crunch scoreless on two chances.

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Syracuse Crunch rally once again, but fall in overtime - again


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January 18, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period but fell in overtime to the Albany Devils 3-2 at Times Union Center on Wednesday.

Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard scored goals in a two and a half minute span in the final frame as the Crunch battled back to earn a point and maintain their lead in the North Division. The Crunch are tied with the Devils with 48 points but have two games in hand and are 20-10-3-5 on the season.

Adam Wilcox stopped 23-of-26 shots while Devils goaltender Ken Appleby made 29 stops in the winning effort. Cory Conacher paced all Crunch players with 10 shots on goal. The Devils tallied one power play goal in three attempts and held the Crunch scoreless in four chances with the man advantage.

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Crunch snap Penguins winning streak in matinee rematch


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January 16, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch earned their 20th win of the season as they defeated the AHL-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-1 in a matinee contest at War Memorial Arena on Monday.

Yanni Gourde, Daniel Walcott, Slater Koekkoek and Matthew Peca tallied goals as the Crunch downed the Penguins in a rematch from Saturday’s meeting, won 3-1 by WBS. Syracuse snapped the Penguins’ seven-game winning streak, improving to 20-10-2-5 on the season and maintaining their lead in the North Division with 47 points.

Adam Wilcox, returning from a scare from an eye injury, stopped 31-of-32 shots as Syracuse defeated Wilkes-Barre for the first time in four meetings so far this season. Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry made 15 saves in the losing effort, as the Crunch went 1-for-4 on the power play and kept Wilkes-Barre off the board in each of their four opportunities with the man advantage.

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Crunch come up just short against league's top team


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January 14, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-1 at War Memorial Arena on Saturday.

The Crunch competed hard but had their seven-game point streak snapped, while the AHL-leading Penguins extended their winning streak to seven contests. The Crunch carried a 1-0 lead into the third period but the Penguins scored three unanswered goals to secure the win. Syracuse drops to 19-10-2-5 on the season but maintains their position atop the North Division with 45 points.

From the drop of the puck, it was a spirited affair as the teams combined for 13 power play opportunities and 52 penalty minutes the game, including a fight between Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Penguins forward Tom Sestito near the midway point of the opening period that helped set the tone of the contest.

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Syracuse Crunch hold off Marlies to get back in the win column


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January 13, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Toronto Marlies, 5-4, at War Memorial Arena on Friday.

The Crunch took a two-goal lead before the Marlies scored three unanswered goals to make it 3-2 at just past the midway point of the second period. Syracuse answered with three straight goals of their own and held on to secure the victory.

With the win, the Crunch have earned points in each of their past seven games and are 19-9-2-5 overall. Their 45 points lead the North Division and they have a one-point cushion over the Albany Devils.

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Syracuse Crunch reach overtime again but fall at Utica


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January 11, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch dropped a 2-1 decision to the Utica Comets in overtime at the Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday.

Mike Halmo tallied his team-leading 12th goal of the season and extended his goal-scoring streak to four games as Syracuse fell to 18-9-2-5 on the season. Matt Taormina tallied his 23rd assist and is pacing the Crunch with 33 points, while Cory Conacher also assisted on the goal for a point in his fourth consecutive contest.

The Crunch have earned points in each of their past six games (2-0-2-2) and their 43 points lead the North Division, the seventh consecutive week in that position. Syracuse has been able to maintain the number one spot in the division despite a continuous string of Crunch players earning call-ups to the Tampa Bay Lightning as they battle numerous injuries to many key players through the first half of the NHL season.

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Syracuse Crunch put forth strong effort despite being undermanned


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January 7, 2017


Despite a shorthanded lineup due to injuries with the Lightning, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to muster out a point on Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to St. John's.

Syracuse was without two regulars in the lineup forcing the Crunch to play short one skater, but outshot the Ice Caps 33-19 to earn a point for the second consecutive night.

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Crunch rally in third before falling to Rochester


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January 6, 2017


The Syracuse Crunch overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period but fell to the Rochester Americans 4-3 in a shootout at Blue Cross Arena on Friday.

The Crunch have now earned six points in their past four contests and are sitting atop the North Division standings with a 18-9-0-5 record. Their 41 points are tied with the Albany Devils, but Syracuse has three games in hand and maintains their division lead.

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Crunch close out 2016 with crazy game against St. John's


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December 31, 2016


The Syracuse Crunch used a dominant first period to propel them to a victory over the St. John’s IceCaps, 7-5, and reclaim the top spot in the North Division.

Cory Conacher led the way offensively, notching two goals and two assists, while Jeremy Morin added two goals including the game-winner Erik Condra and Matt Taromina each registered a goal and two assists, and Mike Halmo added his ninth goal of the season.

Adam Wilcox made 11 saves on 16 shots to earn his 13th victory of the year, improving to a record of 13-5-2. Charlie Lindgren stopped 19 of 25 Crunch shots in the losing effort.

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Crunch fail to build on momentum, drop shootout to Binghamton


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December 30, 2016


The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Binghamton Senators, 3-2, in a shootout at War Memorial Arena on Friday.

The Crunch fired 39 shots on goal but Binghamton goaltender Chris Driedger was the difference, as Syracuse has dropped four of the past five games. The Crunch maintain a one-point lead in the North Division over the St. John’s IceCaps with a 17-9-0-4 record this season.

Adam Wilcox stopped 20-of-22 shots and 1-of-2 shootout attempts, while Driedger made 37 saves and stopped 3-of-3 shots in the shootout to earn the victory. Both teams went 1-for-4 with the man advantage on the night.

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Crunch beat Bears in overtime to snap losing streak


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December 28, 2016


The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Hershey Bears 3-2 in overtime behind Yanni Gourde’s two-goal effort at War Memorial Arena on Wednesday.

Mathieu Brodeur and Gourde scored shorthanded goals 26 seconds apart to give the Crunch a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Hershey battled back to tie the game just over a minute into the second period. After a scoreless third, the game entered overtime and Gourde tallied the game-winning goal to secure the extra point for the Crunch. Syracuse snapped a three-game skid and the win brings their record to 17-9-0-3 on the season.

Adam Wilcox made 17 saves while Hershey goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopped 25-of-28 shots on the night. The Crunch were unable to capitalize on eight power play opportunities but held the Bears to just one goal on six chances with the man advantage.

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Crunch fall to Rochester for first time this season


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December 26, 2016


The Syracuse Crunch fell to the Rochester Americans 5-1 at Blue Cross Arena on Monday.

The Crunch hold a 5-1 lead in the 10-game series between the clubs this season.

Syracuse has dropped three consecutive games, but maintains the top spot in the North Division with a 16-9-0-3 record overall.

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