AHL Weekend Wrap-Up (11/26/18)

AHL Weekend WrapUp

American Hockey League

Wednesday, November 21st

Laval Rocket (7-10-1-1) – 2
Utica Comets (7-10-1-1) – 3

Thatcher Demko make 19 saves in his first start of the season after returning from a concussion as the Comets downed the Rocket 3-2 on Wednesday night. Michael Carcone, Dylan Blujus and Evan McEneny scored for Utica.


Syracuse Crunch (9-5-1-0) – 4
Binghamton Devils (8-8-3-0) – 1

Binghamton got out to an early 1-0 lead, but it was all Syracuse after that. Carter Verhaeghe, Boris Katchouk and Andy Andreoff scored second period goals to go up 3-1.

Cory Conacher added an empty netter late in the third while Connor Ingram made 29 saves in net.


Friday, November 23rd

Binghamton Devils (8-9-3-0) – 3
Syracuse Crunch (10-5-1-0) – 5

Syracuse swept the home-and-home series against the Devils with a 5-3 win Friday night at home. Gabriel Dumont gave his team the lead only 21 seconds into the game with assists going to Hubert Laurie and Verhaeghe. Verhaeghe and Conacher add power-play goals six minutes apart followed by Dumont’s second of the game, this one short-handed.

The Crunch headed to the first intermission with a comfortable 4-0 lead. Binghamton rallied in the third scoring three goals setting up for an exciting third period with the Crunch leading 4-3. Alex Barre-Boulet added an insurance marker for Syracuse with 50 seconds left to seal the victory.

Ingram made 30 saves and Cameron Gaunce assisted on 4 of the 5 Crunch goals. It was a huge night or Conacher has he hit all of these career milestones:


Utica Comets (8-10-1-1) – 5
Rochester Americans (11-5-2-0) – 4

The Comets were outshot in this one 47-23, but Richard Bachman stood tall in net to help lead Utica to their second win a row. Brendan Gaunce scored 2:24 into the period in his first game back in Utica after being reassigned on Thursday. Tanner Kero and Lukas Jasek assisted. Rochester responded with two goals to move ahead 2-1, but power-play goals 29 seconds apart from Zack MacEwen and Carcone put Utica up 3-2 at the break.

Rochester tied things up halfway through the first and it looked like the period would end that way before Carcone scored a short-handed marker assisted by Cam Darcy with only 5 seconds left in the period.

Darcy added a goal of his own in the third that would stand as the game winner.


Saturday, November 24th

Belleville Senators (9-10-1-0) – 2
Utica Comets (9-10-1-1) – 4

The Utica special teams was the difference in this game, scoring two power-play goals and killing off 5 Belleville opportunities. Jonathan Dahlen scored a power-play goal on a rarely seen face-off violation penalty only 3:35 into the game.

Kero followed that up with a power-play tally of his own 10 minutes later giving Utica a 2-0 lead.

The Senators tied things up midway through the second before Darcy hopped out of the penalty box following the expiration of his high-sticking minor and beat goalie Filip Gustavsson to regain the Comets lead.

Brendan Gaunce would add an empty netter late in the third for good measure.


Utica will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak while being on the road for their next four games starting Wednesday in Binghamton.

Syracuse Crunch (11-5-1-0) – 3
Springfield Falcons (10-5-0-2) – 0

Ingram stopped 27 Falcons shots to earn his third shutout of the season. Conacher recorded two assists on goals scored by Andreoff and Barre-Boulet making him the AHL points leader for the time being.

Michael Bournival added a short-handed empty netter in the third.


Syracuse has now won 7 games in a row dating back to Sunday, November 11th. The Crunch travels to Cleveland for a pair of games this weekend before returning home on December 7th against Rochester.

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