Last week, the AHL North Division had an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Rochester Americans, Binghamton Devils, and Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Games for all three teams and their opposing clubs had to be rescheduled to April. Last Friday’s Crunch game against the Amerks was one of those games affected.
This week, it seems the Amerks are still unable to play due to COVID protocols, meaning Wednesday’s Crunch game in Rochester has been postponed to a later date. A makeup date has yet to be confirmed. The only Crunch game this week will be Saturday’s contest at home against the Utica Comets.
This Wednesday’s game against the Rochester Americans has been postponed.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) March 15, 2021
A make-up date has not yet been determined.https://t.co/htn6dmHpt1
You can read up on last weekend’s game in our weekly Crunch Wrap article series. A lot of players returned from injury, players joined the team from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Crunch were able to play to a lethargic 3-0 win, their fourth win of the season. [Raw Charge]
“What a good feeling this Saturday was. Not only did several players return from injury, but the Syracuse Crunch then went out and played a great game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins en route to a 3-0 win. Newly re-signed Daniel Walcott scored in his long-awaited return, his centerman Otto Somppi also lit the lamp, while Ben Thomas finished off the three-goal win. Samuel Montembeault got his first shutout of the season after an incredible 37-save performance.”
On Monday afternoon, the Nashville Predators beat the Lightning 4-1. Pekka Rinne stood on his head in the win, the Lightning just couldn’t beat him. [Raw Charge]
“Physicality and non-stop aggression were Nashville’s mantra to open the game, and it successfully put the Lightning on their heels. Usually, it’s Tampa Bay keeping opponents from generating offense consistently, but it took the Lightning eight minutes to register a shot on goal. Luckily, Curtis McElhinney’s sharp play kept Nashville off the scoreboard.”
“I thought Nashville made some adjustments and we didn’t handle things as well as we should have.”#NSHvsTBL | Jon Cooper: https://t.co/VjQIJtZux2 pic.twitter.com/dTeOBvWbJb— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 16, 2021
“We’re playing teams eight times a year. Each game you get to see their systems.”#NSHvsTBL | Anthony Cirelli: https://t.co/SdEMGIkqu8 pic.twitter.com/kLezH0kfHf— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 16, 2021
“The way we played in the third was desperate. If we played like that from the get-go, we would have put ourselves in a much better spot.”#NSHvsTBL | Barclay Goodrow: https://t.co/DEsFp3AepN pic.twitter.com/9cF9OC70Gg— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 16, 2021
This week in embarrassing hockey, the Buffalo Sabres, who lost 6-0 last night.
The 2021 Buffalo Sabres have now been shut out as often as they’ve won.— Brendan Keany (@BrendanKeany) March 16, 2021
Rasmus Dahlin has been getting a lot of attention for his lack of defensive ability after being a first overall pick in 2017. Man, the Sabres really ruined him.
Backstrom 2-0 ..... #LetsGoBuffalo #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/bBrMGcWtQe— Buffalo Hockey moments (@SabresPlays) March 16, 2021
If you think your team’s defence is bad... pic.twitter.com/hCAhe6ym1x— (@twistedleafs) March 16, 2021
Ovechkin vs Dahlin... pic.twitter.com/w3rGM9zUkW— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 15, 2021