March 17, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Brett Connolly (14) shoots against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Wins, Takes A 2-0 Series Lead Over Portland

Tonight the Syracuse Crunch took on the Portland Pirates for game 2 of the AHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals, and now lead the series 2-0. Crunch won game 2 4-2 in Syracuse at the War Memorial. Their next game, third of the best of five series, is scheduled Thursday, May 2 in Portland.

Ondrej Palat, assisted by Tyler Johnson and Matt Taormina, opened up the scoring 9:33 in the first period with J.T. Brown  firing one past Chad Johnson only 68 seconds later, bringing the score 2-0 Crunch.  Mike Angelidis and J.T. Wyman earned the assists on Brown’s goal.

Forty nine seconds into the middle stanza, Tyler Johnson knocked in a shorthanded goal giving Syracuse a 3-0 lead, primary assist was given to Palat. Brett Connolly, assisted by Dan Sexton and Philip-Michael Devos, scored 14:36 into the second period, upping the score 4-0.

In the second period, the game started getting chippy totaling 42 penalty minutes. Richard Panik  and Andy Miele earned matching game misconduct penalties. As well as J.P. Cote, Panik, Phil Lane and Miele each getting 5 minutes for fighting.

However, in the third period the Pirates tried to make a comeback, managing to score 2 goals to knock the score in half, 4-2 Crunch. Brendan Gormley and Nick Johnson were the Pirates goal scorers.

Neither team made the power-plays come to fruition. Crunch went 0/6 for the power-play, while Pirates went 0/8. Cedrick Desjardins saved 18 out of 20 shots.

The three stars were Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Matt Taormina.

Lora Andrews

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