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Digging out: Syracuse liveblog

The team with the eighth-best points percentage in the Eastern Conference is the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They’ve got 54 points in 47 games, a .574 percentage, on pace for 87 points in 76 games, rounding down. The Sound Tigers have 44 points with 31 games to go after this five-game losing streak. To get to 87 […] [Read More]

Sharper edge: Syracuse postgame 2

A little different. “That’s a good team,” Scott Mayfield said. “They gave us some pushes, and we pushed them right back. (Saturday) night, that wasn’t there as much.” The defense had a rough night Saturday. Sunday, it was a strength. The kids have had moments recently where they’ve shown lots of growth, and today was […] [Read More]

Can he ATO? Syracuse pregame 2

Catching up from covering UConn (Isles draft pick Robbie Russo with a hat trick in a 6-1 win; he’s leading the nation’s defensemen in scoring): Cory Conacher’s back in, but Johan Sundstrom, who took a puck in the mouth late last night, appears to be out. Some line tweaks along with that. Bridgeport still in […] [Read More]
Categories: Futures, Pregame, Syracuse

Two points: Syracuse postgame

There were two points when this game could’ve gone either way, though obviously the second one was a harder climb. The first eight, eight and a half minutes of this thing were played pretty even. High pace. Fun to watch. Teams breaking up odd-man rushes. Teams missing open nets. (Someone may’ve tweeted that. Sorry for […] [Read More]

Lashoff in, Conacher out: Syracuse pregame

Matt Lashoff has played seven games against Bridgeport in his AHL career, with a goal and two assists and 11 shots on goal. (Three of those games were in Bridgeport; one assist. The other two points both came in one game in 2006-07 at Providence.) In his other 305 AHL games, he has 41 goals […] [Read More]

Syracuse postgame: hats surrounded by fists

They had a talk two, two and a half weeks ago as John Persson was coming back from injury, about how he has to play, the physical game, the skating, the work on the boards. “And he has to finish,” Scott Pellerin said. “He’s got to (be) that down-low, mean player. He’d gotten away from […] [Read More]

Syracuse pregame: Missing goalie?

I don’t believe Cedric Desjardins, who’s been among the better goalies in the league the past few years, has ever played here. (Please correct me if I’m misremembering). Backed up the two games Norfolk played here in November 2010 (Mark Wotton in overtime; Poulin’s shutout in Jack Capuano’s last game here), was still with Hamilton […] [Read More]
Categories: Pregame, Syracuse

Syracuse from afar: Liveblog 1

The first road game happens to be a little farther away than we go nowadays, so we’ll be listening in and dropping comments here occasionally. The links off the Crunch website imply we can hear Dan D’Uva at this link (Edit: seems not: try here, headphones next to Bridgeport). We’ll be following Corey, Lindsay Kramer […] [Read More]

Playoff Crunch

So in this odd season when they battle for life and struggle against teams in last place, Bridgeport sweeps the de facto Calder Cup champs. Goals for Scott Campbell, Nino Niederreiter (PP) and, in overtime, Brock Nelson, tying Rhett Rakhshani’s team rookie record of 24 goals. Assists on all three to Matt Donovan. Matt Watkins […] [Read More]


(Not that one has anything to do with the other. I assume.) We were positively bombarded with spam comments last night, so it was a lot of “select all-delete” this morning. If I caught up yours in the sweep, (1) apologies, (b) either repost or email me and I’ll go find it. Thanks/sorry. (Also, we […] [Read More]