Tricky Night for J.T. Brown

After a tremendous showing this weekend, the Syracuse Crunch have taken over first place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference.Thanks in no small part to Crunch right wing J.T. Brown.

The Crunch dropped the first game in this weekend series to the Binghamton Senators 2-1 at home, but they bounced right back the next night in Albany dropping the Albany Devils 4-1. They ended the weekend in Worcester defeating the Sharks 6-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday’s win in Worcester was no ordinary night, especially not for winger J.T. Brown. It was during this game that he recorded his first professional hat trick.  On top of that, he scored himself an assist bringing his point total to 4 points. He is the first Crunch player to record a 4 point game this season.

Sunday’s game gave Brown a total of 10 points so far this season with four goals and six assists through 13 games.

J.T. Brown was not the only Crunch player to put up a stellar performance on Sunday night.

Tyler Johnson put up two goals, one in the first, and a power play goal in the second. Johnson leads the Crunch with 20 points. He also leads the AHL with 13 goals.

Brett Connolly posted three assists against the Sharks. He got the assist on Brown’s first and third goals, as well as Dmitry Korobov’s goal in the third.

Richard Panik’s assist on Johnson’s first goal extended his current point streak to a whopping 10 games. This is currently the longest active in the AHL.

The Crunch penalty kill was able to stop the three power play attempts from Worcester. Out of the last 40 opposing power plays, the Crunch have stopped 38. They are currently 82 of 92 this season making the Crunch the second best penalty kill in the AHL with 89.1 percent success rate; second only to the Abbotsford Heat with a 91.4 percent.

Sunday also gave Dustin Tokarski his eighth win of the season blocking 25 of 26 shots from Worcester. This was his 11th appearance of the season.

The week ahead will find the Crunch on the road once again. Friday they will lock sticks with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Saturday in Connecticut against the Whale, and finally the Binghamton Senators this Sunday.

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