One period of play is now in the books at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse as our Syracuse Crunch face off with the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 6 of the 2013 Calder Cup Finals. Here are some of my knee jerk reactions to the first period of play.
It is abundantly clear that the Syracuse Crunch came home to the War Memorial Arena ready to play tonight! They have been keeping the pressure on the Griffins, creating scoring chances for themselves, and keeping the puck of out the defensive zone.
The house is packed tonight, and the fans are as loud as ever. Keep it up, guys!! The guys feed off of your energy, and they can use that to keep the pressure on the Griffins! If you are at the game, you cheer as loud as you possibly can!
Can you tell that Radko Gudas is back tonight? As he stormed the ice for his first shift back with the Crunch this series, the 6 foot 204 pound defenseman from Kladno, Czech Republic was handing out hits left and right. In fact, by the end of the period the Crunch had been accredited with 6 hits to the Griffins 1. If that isn’t a sign you should #FearTheBeard, I don’t know what is.
The penalty scene has been somewhat under control during the first twenty minutes of play. While the Crunch were not able to convert on the final power play of the period, they did an excellent job of controlling the puck and keeping it in the offensive zone. They took a lot of shots at the Griffins goaltender Petr Mrazek, and opened up opportunities of themselves.
Despite not converting on the power play, the Crunch would not go gentle into that good night. With 2:45 left in the period, Richard Panik fired one into the back of the Griffins net with assists from Ondrej Palat and Matt Taormina.
At the end of the first period, the Syracuse Crunch lead the Grand Rapids Griffins 1-0.
Do the Syracuse Crunch have what it takes to stave off elimination and take this series to Game 7? We shall see as the game progresses. However, I can tell you one this for sure, this Crunch fan believes.