Quick Strikes: Crunch get their preseason started, Lightning make last round of cuts
Bolstered by new additions from the Lightning, Syracuse got their own preseason underway yesterday.
The Syracuse Crunch got rolling yesterday in Rochester for their first preseason tilt. The Crunch lost the game 4-1, but it sounded like an energetic showing for a squad that had yet to actually play together. Taylor Raddysh scored the only goal for Syracuse.
.@Raddy1998 scored our lone goal in a 4-1 preseason loss to @AmerksHockey. #SYRvsROC— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) September 30, 2018
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The Crunch plays again on Tuesday in Toronto for their second and final preseason game.
Earlier on Sunday, Syracuse was bolstered by the final additions from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Erik Cernak, Mitchell Stephens, and Alex Volkov were all sent down. [Raw Charge]
Going into training camp, all three players were considered candidates to make the Lightning’s roster, though it was considered a long shot. Mathieu Joseph was another such rookie candidate, but it seems with these cuts that he has made it for Opening Night.
Prior to the game, Crunch broadcaster Lukas Favale helpfully got fans into the mood for some away hockey with several interesting tidbits about the team and how it’s shaping up:
Also, it may be hard to believe, but the opening roster for the #SyrCrunch could be even younger than last year's team. Their opening roster last year had nine players 21 years old or younger. With Cernak, Stephens and Volkov, there are currently 14 who are 21 or younger.— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) September 30, 2018
The #SyrCrunch will have a big group of defenseman. Cernak is a solid 6'3" 220+ pounds. Cal Foote is 6'4" 221 and Oleg Sosunov is 6'9" 236. Dominik Masin, Cameron Gaunce and Matt Spencer are all 6'2" 190+.— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) September 30, 2018
One of his tweets spoke to the Crunch’s search for a new captain:
Head coach Ben Groulx said don't read into the captains during the preseason, but Gabriel Dumont, Andy Andreoff and Cameron Gaunce are each wearing an "A" tonight for the #SyrCrunch.— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) September 30, 2018
(Look for some speculation on this topic here later on this morning.)
Due to the improvements going on at the Onondaga County War Memorial, last night’s game was played on the RIT campus in Rochester:
Definitely playing on a college campus. Beautiful facility here and a pep band in the stands. pic.twitter.com/4CHlbLjznt— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) September 30, 2018
Last night was also the debut of the Crunch’s new 25th anniversary jersey patches.
These beauties are making their debut tonight. 😍 pic.twitter.com/nCUoUHuJ9W— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) September 30, 2018
The Lightning have a tasty new deal going on with Capital Tacos:
Every month this season we’ll have a new Bolt collaborating with @capitaltacos on a signature taco made available at all Capital locations.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 30, 2018
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each specialty #Bolts taco will then be donated to a charity of that player’s choice.
October’s meal sounds pretty tasty, and is inspired by Ryan Callahan:
With that said, first up for October: Cally’s Chicken BLT!— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 30, 2018
Made with chicken fajita, bacon, lettuce, pico, jack & cheddar, and poblano ranch, a portion of the proceeds sold in October will benefit the @ryancallahanfdn. pic.twitter.com/akueYlwsjK
I have a theory that Mathieu Joseph knew during this interview that he had made the Lightning’s opening night roster. He just has that extra twinkle in his eye:
"I came here with the mentality that I'm working hard every game, every shift, every practice. I think I gave my 100 percent. I still have a lot to learn but I think I gave a really good effort and tried to be constant every game."#TBLvsFLA | Mathieu Joseph: pic.twitter.com/gw8iRecQVZ— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 30, 2018
Other Crunch News
Crunch coach Ben Groulx had some words of wisdom for the newcomers about the AHL this past week. [Syracuse.com]
“That’s a little bit the message we had this morning. ‘Hey, don’t think you’re coming here and yippee, it’s going to be fun here and I’m going to be a 100-point guy again.’ It’s not that league. To be successful in that league (the AHL), you’ve got to make sure that your habits are in a good place and your work ethic’s in a good place and you know to play in the three zones. There’s a lot of necessary things to do to be successful in the AHL and NHL. I think it’s important that they start having that message a little bit.’’
Meanwhile, back at the War Memorial, this happened...and the roof didn’t cave in! WIN!
That’s one big scoreboard. The fan experience at #SyrCrunch games will never be the same pic.twitter.com/pURSq98dX6— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) September 30, 2018
For reference, here’s what the old scoreboard looked like. It was installed in 2009:
Big difference. Big. Huge.
Dustin Brown of the LA Kings is out indefinitely with a broken finger. [LA Kings Insider]
Playing in his final exhibition on Saturday, Brown suffered a broken finger when he was struck by an Anze Kopitar shot while screening John Gibson late in the second period, a punctuation to a slog of a 1-6-1 preseason and another blow to the team’s forward corps.
The Edmonton Oilers have not placed Jakub Jeřábek on unconditional waivers. The plot thickens?
We have been told that #Oilers Jakub Jeřábek has NOT been placed on unconditional waivers today nor has his contract been terminated.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 30, 2018
He's also not waiver exempt & so can not be sent to the Minors without first being placed on waivers.
Jeřábek is signed to a 1 year/$1M deal
Would Connor Carrick be a good fit with the Montréal Canadiens? Josh Tessler thinks so! [Editor In Leaf]
Since Babcock prefers Rosen and Ozhiganov over Carrick, this has made Carrick expendable. Now, it’s up to Kyle Dubas and the Toronto Maple Leafs front office to find a new home for the 24-year-old native of Orland Park, Illinois.
The Rochester Americans, North Division rivals of the Crunch, think they found some players that can give them some extra oomph against their in-state foes:
When asked about Ty Randell the coaches conveyed he brings something (physicality, holding players accountable, being a detriment to opposing players taking liberties) to the table that we lacked against Syracuse last year.— Let's Go Amerks (@LetsGoAmerks) September 30, 2018
The Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL announced their training camp yesterday:
◾️TRAINING CAMP◾️— Newfoundland Growlers (@NLGrowlers) September 30, 2018
The #Growlers have announced a 23-player training camp roster ahead of tomorrow's on-ice sessions.
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