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Photo gallery: Second half of the Syracuse Crunch season

We take a look back at the second half of the Crunch season in photos.

Syracuse Crunch Alex Barré-Boulet (12) congratulates Jan Rutta (4) on his goal against the Rochester Americans in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Syracuse won 4-3 in Overtime.
Scott Thomas Photography

Back in January, we posted the first installment of this article series for the 2018-19 season. Back then, the Syracuse Crunch was in third place behind the Utica Comets and the Rochester Americans, and had just come off of a rather frustrating five-game losing streak.

The Crunch has certainly come a long way since then. This past weekend, the Crunch defeated those same Americans, clinching the North Division championship in the process and securing their place in AHL history.

Through it all, photographer Scott Thomas has continued to provide us with his signature high-quality captures. We are so grateful for his work, and hope that you will enjoy this look-back at the second half of a memorable Crunch season!

1/25/19 and 1/26/19 vs. Rochester and Springfield

ABB is short and its kind of adorable

Syracuse Crunch Alex Barré-Boulet (12) congratulates Jan Rutta (4) on his goal against the Rochester Americans in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Syracuse won 4-3 in Overtime.
Scott Thomas

As a person who is usually shorter than her friends, I recognized Alex Barre-Boulet’s hug position here all too well!

Cory Conacher is helpful

Syracuse Crunch Cory Conacher (89) making a point with Rochester Americans Dalton Smith (37) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Syracuse won 4-3 in Overtime.
Scott Thomas

Clearly, Dalton Smith just had something on his face here that Conacher wanted to help him with. He’s such a nice honey badger.

Captain Dumont is angry. Again.

Syracuse Crunch Captain Gabriel Dumont (40) complains about a call to Referee Furman South (44) in a game against the Springfield Thunderbirds in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 25, 2019. Syracuse won 6-1.
Scott Thomas

Gabriel Dumont has had a frustrating season and has often been exasperated with the officiating. One hopes the playoffs will be a little less stressful for him.

Eyes on that prize

Syracuse Crunch goalie Eddie Pasquale (80) keeps an eye on the puck after making a save against the Springfield Thunderbirds in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 25, 2019. Syracuse won 6-1.
Scott Thomas

I love shots like this. They’re incredible. It looks like Scott is right there next to Hubert Labrie, just casually taking pictures, but we know he isn’t. That knowledge makes shots like this even more impressive!

A game of inches

Syracuse Crunch Alexander Volkov (83) scores a goal against Springfield Thunderbirds defenders Ian McCoshen (12) and goalie Samuel Montembeault (33) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 25, 2019. Syracuse won 6-1.
Scott Thomas

A little bit in several directions and this wouldn’t have been a goal. Alexander Volkov had a fantastic end to this season. One could think it started right here.

2/1/19 and 2/2/19 vs. Utica and Cleveland

I just like this shot

Syracuse Crunch Andy Andreoff (15) congratulates Carter Verhaeghe (21) on his goal against the Cleveland Monsters in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Syracuse won 6-3.
Scott Thomas

We need some simple joy. This has some simple joy.

Up and Over

Syracuse Crunch Andy Andreoff (15) flips the puck over Utica Comets goalie Ivan Kulbakov (31) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, February 1, 2019. Syracuse won 4-0.
Scott Thomas

There’s a lot to like about this shot, too! The effort of both players, the puck frozen in time, the weird shot Andreoff was forced to take...it’s so neat!

2/16/19 vs. Rochester

Hello, goalpost

Syracuse Crunch Cory Conacher (89) craches the net as Rochester Americans goalie Adam Wilcox (32) keeps the puck out of the net in American Hockey League (AHL) overtime action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Rochester won 3-2 in a Shootout.
Scott Thomas

I can laugh about this now, but I’m pretty sure we’re lucky Conacher wasn’t hurt here. Also, Adam Wilcox’s panicked look under his mask is pretty expressive, too.

Gasp

Syracuse Crunch Gabriel Dumont (40) crashes the Rochester Americans net and goalie Adam Wilcox (32) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Rochester won 3-2 in a Shootout.
Scott Thomas

Y’all, I remember this moment, and let me tell you, it was terrifying. Ouch. Ow. Owie.

Pride Night!

Syracuse Crunch goalie Connor Ingram (39) on You Can Play Night before playing the Rochester Americans in an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
Scott Thomas

Connor Ingram displayed some admirable pride during the team’s You Can Play Night.

3/1/19 vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Oh, my heart. My heart!

Syracuse Crunch Cory Conacher (89) greets Lehigh Valley Phantoms goalie Mike McKenna (56) during pre-game warm ups before an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, March 1, 2019.
Scott Thomas

You’ve seen this before because I asked Justin to use it for that week’s Crunch Corner, but I had to include this reunion between Mike McKenna and Conacher here, too. I just had to.

That angle!

Syracuse Crunch Gabriel Dumont (40) congratulated goalie Eddie Pasquale (80) after defeating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, March 1, 2019. Syracuse won 4-0.
Scott Thomas

There’s just something about the angle here that captivates me.

3/15/19 and 3/16/19 vs. Hartford and Binghamton

He must have spied a pot of gold!

Syracuse Crunch Andy Andreoff (15) skating after the puck against the Binghamton Devils in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Syracuse won 4-1.
Scott Thomas

I mean, what else could have made him so happy? It was the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, after all.

Collision!

Syracuse Crunch Gabriel Dumont (40) is taken down by Hartford Wolf Pack Sean Day (74) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, March 15, 2019. Syracuse won 3-2.
Scott Thomas

I’m really glad everyone was okay after this, but I thought this photo was an interesting study in why hockey is so darn dangerous.

GOALIE HUG

Syracuse Crunch goalie Eddie Pasquale (80) congratulates goalie Martin Ouellette (51) on the win over the Binghamton Devils in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Syracuse won 4-1.
Scott Thomas

Martin Ouellette’s time in Syracuse provided some shelter from the crazy storm that was the Ingram situation. Although his time with the team was sadly cut short by injury, we certainly hope to see him again. This picture, after one of Ouellette’s wins, was just too sweet not to include.

3/30/19 vs. Utica

Wally D!

Syracuse Crunch Daniel Walcott (85) protecting the puck from Utica Comets Stefan LeBlanc (3) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Syracuse won 6-2.
Scott Thomas

Fans were so excited to welcome Daniel Walcott back. It’s so frustrating and sad that his return has been cut short by another injury, but it’s certainly hoped he’ll be back in a Crunch uniform next season.

4/6/19 vs. Rochester

FIGHT!

Linesman Peter Feola (33) watches as Syracuse Crunch Gabriel Dumont (40) fights Rochester Americans Eric Cornel (20) during an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Rochester won 5-2.
Scott Thomas

Dumont is just one of those guys where his passion and frustration comes out like a freight train sometimes. Phew.

Hidey Hole!

View from the Photographer’s Hole in the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Scott Thomas

This is another one that I liked not so much for hockey action, but for the process of taking pictures...and being cool.

4/13/19 vs. Rochester

Something...seems...off...here...

Syracuse Crunch Gabriel Dumont (40) tangles with Rochester Americans goalie Scott Wedgewood (29) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Syracuse won 4-3.
Scott Thomas

I just can’t put my finger on it, but something about whatever is going on here just seems odd.

SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW

Syracuse Crunch players Hubert Labrie (6), Gabriel Dumont (40) and Alex Barré-Boulet (12) celebrate the goal by Carter Verhaeghe (21) against the Rochester Americans in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Syracuse won 4-3.
Scott Thomas

This goal. This team. This moment.

The happy!

Self-explanatory

Syracuse Crunch players salute the fans after defeating the Rochester Americans, 4-3, to claim the American Hockey League (AHL) North Division at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
Scott Thomas