The Crunch is coming off another busy weekend where they played three games in three nights. The team lost two out of three games in that span for an overall record of 3-2-1.
On Friday, the team headed to Worcester to take on the Sharks in what proved to be an exciting affair. It was a back and forth contest with Worcester scoring first only to have the Crunch tie the game 33 seconds later on a goal by Dalton Smith. Captain Mike Angelidis scored in the second period while Nikita Nesterov notched the game-winning goal at 5:08 of overtime to give the Crunch their third win of the season. Kristers Gudlevskis continued his solid play in net, stopping 26 of 28 shots.
Saturday, the team traveled to Portland, Maine, to face the Pirates. It was a hard-fought game by both teams with Portland prevailing 2-1. The Pirates jumped out to a two-goal lead on a pair of shorthanded markers. The Crunch fought back and Cody Kunyk was able to cut the lead in half with his third period tally. Andrei Vasilevskiy made his third start between the pipes saving 30 of 32 shots.
The Crunch made their final stop of the trip in Springfield for the third showdown against the Falcons this year. The teams split the previous two games, with Syracuse winning the second contest at home. The Falcons got out to a quick, three-goal first period and never looked back. By the time Joel Vermin scored his first goal of the year in the third period, Springfield already possessed a commanding 4-1 lead. They would go on to add another goal for a final score of 5-1. There were positives to take away, however, as Jonathan Marchessault continues to perform offensively. He now has seven points, two goals and five assists in six games. Also, the Crunch have been getting offense from a variety of players as Vermin, Angelidis, Kunyk, Smith, and Nesterov all notched their first goals of the campaign.
Mike Angelidis has been the captain of the Syracuse Crunch since the 2012-13 season. This past Friday, October 24, Angelidis scored his first goal of the 2014-15 season. The goal was also his 100th career AHL goal. He has now recorded over 100 goals and assists at the professional hockey level. Last season, Angelidis recorded 12 goals and 33 points, good for fifth on the team while also ranking second in PIM with 161. His veteran leadership and poise will be priceless to this young Crunch team with many new first year players.
Syracuse will be looking to get back on track this upcoming weekend. On Halloween, the Crunch will host the Rochester Americans (4-2-0). The following evening, the Crunch will travel to Binghamton to face the Senators (2-3-2). In their previous meeting this season, Syracuse bested Binghamton 4-2 in Syracuse. The Crunch will be looking for a repeat effort against the Senators on Saturday.