Crunch over Comets

By on February 20, 2016
Kristers Gudlevskis can't make the stop as the Utica Comets light the lamp. (Mark McGauley Photography)

Kristers Gudlevskis can’t make the stop as the Utica Comets light the lamp. (Mark McGauley Photography)

Syracuse, NY — Last night the Syracuse Crunch hosted their Central New York Rivals, the Utica Comets. Coming into Friday night’s game, the Crunch were searching for their first win in over a week, while the Comets came in on a 3-game winning streak. The start of the 1st period did not look promising for the Utica Comets. Within the opening minutes, Matt Taormina and Tye McGinn both scored power play for the Crunch. The early 2-0 deficit was answered with a goal scored by Carter Bancks, his 8th of the season, to cut the lead to 2-1. Before the Comets were able to find the back of the net again in the 1st period, the Crunch extended their lead to 3-1 with a goal by Jeff Tambellini. Shortly before the end of the opening period is when Comets player Ashton Sautner scored his 4th goal of the season, to end the 1st down 3-2.

Darren Archibald & Luke Witkowski (Mark McGauley Photography)

Darren Archibald & Luke Witkowski (Mark McGauley Photography)

It was quite clear after the 1st period that neither team had defense going for them and that they would have to rely on their offense. The 2nd period was highlighted by another goal by Tambellini for the Crunch, which brought the score to 4-2 Syracuse. Despite the Crunch bringing their lead back up to 2 goals, the Comets wouldn’t give up. On the power play at the 7-minute mark, Comets player Andrey Pedan found the back of the net to once again bring the Utica Comets within 1.

Mike Angelis (10) & Luke Witkowski (Mark McGauley Photography)

Mike Angelis (10) & Luke Witkowski working on keeping the puck out of the slot. (Mark McGauley Photography)

Going into the 3rd period, it was still anyone’s game. Despite the high scoring game, the Comets decided to leave goalie Richard Bachman in to finish the game. Early into the 3rd, the Syracuse Crunch capitalized on the power play with a goal by Mike Blunden. Now down 5-3 the Comets were hoping for that offensive spark to come. At the 10:26 mark, Brandon Prust gave Utica that spark with a short-handed goal to cut the score to 5-4 in favor of the Crunch. After the short-handed goal, the Crunch defense lead behind goalie Kristers Gudlevskis shut the Comets down and skated away with a thrilling 5-4 victory. The Syracuse Crunch were 3/6 on power plays while the Utica Comets were only 1/7. Shots on goal: Utica 29, Syracuse 31.

(photo Mark McGauley Photography)

(photo Mark McGauley Photography)

SCORING 1 2 3 Total 
Utica Comets 2 1 1 4
Syracuse Crunch 3 1 1 5
SHOTS 1 2 3 Total 
Utica Comets 13 9 7 29
Syracuse Crunch 12 11 8 31
VISITORS: UTICA
PLAYERS Position  G  A +/- SH PIM
2  Ehrhardt, Travis D 0 1 0 0 0
6  Sautner, Ashton D 1 0 0 4 0
9  Shinkaruk, Hunter LW 0 0 +1 3 0
10  Gaunce, Brendan LW 0 2 +2 2 0
11  Negrin, John D 0 0 0 0 2
14  Zalewski, Mike C 0 0 -1 3 2
15  Kenins, Ronalds LW 0 2 +2 0 2
16  LaBate, Joseph LW 0 0 -1 1 0
20  Landry, Jon D 0 1 0 2 0
21  Higgins, Chris LW 0 0 -1 1 0
24  Cassels, Cole RW 0 0 -1 0 0
25  Archibald, Darren LW 0 0 -1 0 2
26  Prust, Brandon LW 1 0 +1 1 0
A 27  Fedun, Taylor D 0 0 +1 1 0
28  Grenier, Alexandre RW 0 1 +1 4 0
A 34  Bancks, Carter LW 1 0 +1 3 2
A 36  Hamilton, Wacey C 0 0 0 0 4
37  Pedan, Andrey D 1 0 +1 4 0
TEAM 0 0
TOTAL 4 29 14
 Goalies GA Mins SH SVS PIM
32  Bachman, Richard (L) 5 57:46 31 26 0
35  Cannata, Joe
Head Coach: Travis Green
Assistant Coach: Nolan Baumgartner
Assistant Coach: Paul Jerrard
HOME: SYRACUSE
PLAYERS Position  G  A +/- SH PIM
A 3  Mormina, Joey D 0 0 0 0 0
4  Dotchin, Jake D 0 0 0 2 4
6  Blujus, Dylan D 0 1 0 1 0
7  Tambellini, Jeff C 2 0 +1 4 0
8  Martindale, Ryan C 0 1 +1 0 0
C 10  Angelidis, Mike C 0 0 +1 1 2
15  Broll, David LW 0 0 0 1 0
16  McGinn, Tye LW 1 1 +1 6 0
19  Walcott, Daniel D 0 0 0 0 2
20  Taormina, Matt D 1 0 -1 2 2
A 21  Blunden, Mike RW 1 1 -1 5 0
23  Darcy, Cameron C 0 0 -1 0 0
37  Gourde, Yanni LW 0 1 0 3 0
57  Ikonen, Henri LW 0 0 -2 1 2
71  Richard, Tanner C 0 2 -1 1 0
73  Erne, Adam LW 0 1 -2 2 0
79  DeAngelo, Anthony D 0 0 -1 0 0
82  Witkowski, Luke D 0 1 0 2 4
TEAM 0 0
TOTAL 5 31 16
 Goalies GA Mins SH SVS PIM
32  Wilcox, Adam
50  Gudlevskis, Kristers (W) 4 60:00 29 25 0
Head Coach: Rob Zettler
Assistant Coach: Stacy Roest
Assistant Coach: Trent Cull
NOTE: Players listed in Italics are the starting lineup.
Scoring
1. SYR Taormina, (11) (Blunden, Richard), 1:14 (PP)
1. SYR McGinn, (16) (Blujus, Gourde), 2:52 (PP)
1. UTI Bancks, (8) (Landry, Ehrhardt), 15:08
1. SYR Tambellini, (17) (McGinn, Witkowski), 17:26
1. UTI Sautner, (4) (Kenins, Gaunce), 19:36
2. SYR Tambellini, (18) (Martindale), 2:34
2. UTI Pedan, (4) (Kenins, Grenier), 6:54 (PP)
3. SYR Blunden, (14) (Erne, Richard), 2:33 (PP)
3. UTI Prust, (1) (Gaunce), 10:26 (SH)
Penalties
1 – UTI Negrin, 0:38 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
1 – UTI Kenins, 1:30 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)
1 – SYR Taormina, 10:27 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
2 – SYR Dotchin, 5:09 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)
2 – SYR Ikonen, 5:09 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)
2 – SYR Angelidis, 9:15 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)
2 – SYR Walcott, 11:50 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
2 – SYR Dotchin, 13:12 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)
2 – UTI Archibald, 13:57 – Roughing, 2 min
2 – SYR Witkowski, 13:57 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)
2 – SYR Witkowski, 13:57 – Roughing, 2 min
2 – UTI Bancks, 19:15 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
3 – UTI Hamilton, 1:20 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
3 – UTI Hamilton, 4:10 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)
3 – UTI Zalewski, 9:55 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)
PP PIM PTS
Utica Comets 1 / 7 14 min / 7 inf 4 G + 7 A = 11 Pts
Syracuse Crunch 3 / 6 16 min / 8 inf 5 G + 9 A = 14 Pts
Arena Stars of the Game Officials
Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

Attendance: 5898
Start: 7:06 PM
End: 9:34 PM
Length: 2:28

1. SYR – 7 Jeff Tambellini
2. SYR – 21 Mike Blunden
3. UTI – 10 Brendan Gaunce
Andrew Thackaberry (4), Referee
Tim Mayer (19), Referee
Tim Kotyra (53), Linesman
Todd Plouffe (19), Linesman
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