Syracuse Crunch vs Norfolk Admirals AHL game thread

Photo credit: Scott Thomas, used with permission

This is the fourth meeting between these two teams in 15 days, with Syracuse sweeping Norfolk so far this season.

Team: Syracuse Crunch (23-7-2-3), AHL affiliate for the Tampa Bay Lightning
Opponent: Norfolk Admirals (14-17-2-0), AHL affiliate for the Anaheim Ducks
Where: Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
When: 7:30 pm ET
Media: Live stream via AHL Live; Radio: The Score 1260 AM

The Syracuse Crunch have won their last four games, which were all on the road. And all were backstopped by Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski is also 3-0 against the Norfolk Admirals this season, so we can probably guess who the starter of tonight's game will be....

From the Crunch's game preview:

Playing his second game in Syracuse's last 12 matchups, Danick Gauthier potted his first career game-winning goal and first multi-point game Wednesday with one goal and one assist. In ten games prior to Wednesday, Gauthier had two goals: Nov. 16 vs. Hershey and Dec. 2 at Binghamton.

Brett Connolly has four points (2g, 2a) in his last two games, with back-to-back one-goal, one-assist performances. He tallied his league-leading sixth game-winning goal Saturday in overtime at Norfolk.

Riding a four-game goal-scoring streak (currently the best in the league), Richard Panik has five goals in four games and his 18 goals overall are tied for third most in the AHL. His 25.7 shooting percentage is second best in the AHL and his 29 points (18g, 11a) are third most on the Crunch.

Radko Gudas was plus-4 Wednesday in Rochester, the highest mark of the season, besting Mark Barberio's plus-3 Dec. 7 vs. Hamilton.

This has been a heated series thus far, and that ought to continue into tonight's game as well.

(Photo by Scott Thomas of Scott Thomas Photography and used with his permission. )

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