We have now been through 40 minutes of play at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse. Here are some of my reactions to this second period of play between the Syracuse Crunch and the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Well, the period started much the same way that the first period had gone; however, it didn’t last as long as we would have hoped. At 2:23 in the first period, Mitch Callahan found his way past Crunch goaltender Cedrick Desjardins tying the score at 1.
It would seem that the penalties just keep rolling in for both sides of the ice. The first of the second period was Griffins LW Jeff Hoggan who was sent to the box for 2 minutes for Hooking. Shortly after that was Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans who was sent off for two minutes for Tripping.
The Crunch power play has been 0-4 tonight.
What hurt us the most this period was the next penalty of the night. At 12:30 in the period, defenseman Radko Gudas was sent to the penalty box for 2 minutes for Holding. On this penalty, Griffins LW Tomas Tatar was able to convert the play and find the back of the net giving Grand Rapids the lead.
Now, the Crunch will have another shot at the Power Play. With 27 minutes left in the period, Griffins defenseman Nathan Paetsch brought his stick up high nailing Ondrej Palat in the face. Paetsch was assessed a double minor for High Sticking. This penalty will carry over into the third period.
Through two periods of play, the Shots on Goal have been 15-12 in favor of the Crunch.
While Desjardins has indeed let in two goals tonight, he is still putting up a solid performance. He has made some key saves that could have allowed the game to spiral out of control if not properly handled.
As we sit here during the second intermission, the score is now 2-1 Grand Rapids. As I said before, the Crunch will be on the Power Play when we return for the 3rd period.
Do you think the Crunch will be able to capitalize on the carryover power play and even the score back up?
I know I believe. Do you?