Bulldogs bite Crunch as injuries ravage Syracuse squad

Last year, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadians made a trade for two goalie prospects at the halfway point of the 2012-13 season.

Dustin Tokarski was leading the Syracuse Crunch up the Eastern Conference standings. Cedric Desjardins was struggling with a Hamilton Bulldogs team that was lost in the Western Conferenceâ??s North Division. Then, the trade sent Tokarski to Hamilton and Desjardins to the Crunch. Tokarski and the Bulldogs would fail to make the playoffs. Desjardins would pick up where Tokarski left off with the Crunch, leading them to an East Division and Eastern Conference Championship and birth into the Calder Cup Finals.

However, this weekend, each goalie would have to face their former teams not once, but twice. The Bulldogs and the Crunch would face off Friday night in the Bell Centre in Montreal, home of the Bulldogâ??s NHL affiliate Montreal Canadians. Tokarski would get the upper hand in the end with the Bulldogs defeating the Crunch 4-1. Tokarski, who earned the first star of the game, made 25 saves on 26 shots. Mike Blunden, who played with the Crunch for two seasons, scored two goals against his former squad.

For the Crunch, J.P. Cote scored the lone goal while Desjardins made 23 saves in the game. The two teams face off again Saturday night at 7pm at the War Memorial at OnCenter.

Injury News: Both Joey Mormina and Vlad Namestnikov left the game for the Crunch during the game Friday night. Both of the playersâ?? injuries occurred when they attempted to block shots. Namestnikov is reported to have broken his hand while Morminaâ??s injury has not been updated. Both are listed as day-to-day.