RECAP | Crunch – Rocket: Laval Stays In The Hunt

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Syracuse Crunch vs Laval Rocket Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Post-Game Interviews, Rocket Sports Media

FINAL | Regular Season – Game 37 | Saturday, January 4, 2020
Place Bell, Laval, QC






Photo by Laval Rocket

Rocket Lineup

Forward lines

Charles Hudon – Jake Evans – Riley Barber

Yannick Veilleux – Michael McCarron – Joe Cox

Alexandre Alain – Kevin Lynch – Ralph Cuddemi

Michael Pezzetta – Nikita Jevpalovs – Garrett Mitchell

Defense pairings

Gustav Olofsson – Xavier Ouellet

Otto Leskinen – Evan McEneny

Karl Alzner – Josh Brook


Keith Kinkaid – Cayden Primeau


James Phelan, Hayden Verbeek, Antoine Waked, Maxim Lamarche, William Pelletier, Michael McNiven


Phil Varone (wrist), Noah Juulsen (upper body), Alex Belzile (pectoral surgery), Andrew Sturtz

Game Report

Game Report written by Chris G

The Rocket hosted the Crunch on Saturday at Place Bell for the third game of the season between the two teams, with each team having won one game. Laval won their third consecutive game on Friday with a 4-0 win against Lehigh Valley, while Syracuse snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Toronto 8-2. 

Keith Kinkaid got the start in goal for Laval. In his last start, he made 27 saves in a win against the Senators. No other changes were made to the lineup by Joel Bouchard. Former Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale got his first AHL start of the season for Syracuse. 

It didn’t show that Syracuse traveled overnight to Laval, as they dominated the first period, controlling the play in the Rocket’s zone, and outshooting them 10-1. Kinkaid made several key saves to keep the Crunch off the board in the first period. 

The Rocket were efficient with their shots in the period, as they scored on their first and only shot of the first 20 minutes. On a power play, with 4:08 remaining, Michael McCarron won a faceoff that Xavier Ouellet barely kept onside and took a point shot to beat Fucale. The Crunch defenders stopped playing and coach Benoit Groulx was furious that an offside wasn’t called on the play. The goal extended the captain’s goal streak to four games.  

There was no scoring by either team in the middle frame. Syracuse continued outplaying Laval, however the Rocket did a good job keeping most of the shots outside of the dangerous scoring zone. 

Kevin Lynch had his team’s most dangerous chance with 1:10 remaining as he accepted Nikita Jevpalovs’ pass in the neutral zone and headed on a breakaway that Fucaled stopped with his right pad. 

Laval scored on their first shot 48 seconds into the final period as Yannick Veilleux fired a wrist shot from the left face-off circle that beat Fucale glove side. Veilleux has six points in six games since signing his professional tryout contract. 

At the 5:04 mark, Lynch completed a pass to Ralph Cuddemi in the neutral zone, and he went on a breakaway and scored by beating the goalie glove side. 

With 10:30 minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse pulled out all stops while on the power play to get back into it, by having Fucale on the bench for the extra attacker and it paid off. Alex Barre-Boulet beat Kinkaid with a hard shot from the top of the right faceoff circle, while Danick Martel was acting as a screen. 

The goalie was on the bench again when the Crunch closed the gap to one goal. Boris Katchouk completed a tic-tac-toe play that was started by Cal Foote and Mathieu Joseph with 4:38 remaining. 

The Crunch continued to control the play for the remainder of the period, but weren’t able to get the tying goal. Kinkaid made 33 saves to help his team extend the win streak to four games.    

The Rocket begin their five game road trip on Friday at 7:00 pm eastern time in a rematch against the Crunch in Syracuse. Listen to full audio of player and coach post-game interviews in the player below.

Plus / Minus

▲  Keith Kinkaid, Michael McCarron, Kevin Lynch

▼  Joe Cox, Alexandre Alain

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
35 Shots 15
1 for 1 Power Play 1 for 4
8 Penalty Minutes 2
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Rocket (18-14-3-1) 1 0 2 3
Crunch (17-15-2-1) 0 0 2 2
Scorers Goalies
  • LAV: Ouellet (8), Veilleux (4), Cuddemi (2)
  • SYR: Barre-Boulet (14), Katchouk (7)
  • LAV: Kinkaid (W) 3-2-1-0
  • SYR: Fucale (L) 0-1-0-0

Stars of the Game​​

 AHL Official Three Stars
  1. Michael McCarron  LAV
  2. Keith Kinkaid  LAV
  3. Mathieu Joseph  SYR


 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Post-game interview with Joel Bouchard

Post-game interview with Xavier Ouellet

Post-game interview with Keith Kinkaid

Post-game interview with Kevin Lynch

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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