SYRACUSE, N.Y. – History remains on hold for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes.
Tyler Johnson, P.C. Labrie, Alex Killorn, Brett Connolly each scored for host Syracuse as the Crunch breezed past the Penguins 4-0 at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
The loss extended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's winless streak to five games and kept Hynes tied with Glenn Patrick atop the franchise's all-time coaching wins list at 115.
A night after mustering just one goal in a loss to Binghamton the Penguins offense went off the rails again. Crunch netminder Dustin Tokarski turned aside all 29 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shots for his first shutout of the season. It was also the first time this year that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was blanked.
Goalie Brad Thiessen made 31 saves for the Penguins.
The Crunch, which paces the AHL with 37 points, got single goals in the first and second and periods and two in the third.
Labrie's snapper off a pass from Johnson with 14:53 left in the third pushed the Crunch lead to 3-0, and Johnson added a power-play score by putting home his own rebound with 3:23 remaining for the final margin.
The third was also Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's best period of offense, as the team tossed 15 shots at Tokarski. But the netminder was up to the task in posting his first whitewash of the season.
Syracuse's power play had struggled coming into the contest, stumbling along to an 0-for-25 effort during its last four games. But after the Penguins killed Syracuse's first three manpower chances Saturday, Killorn finally broke that string in putting up the second period's only goal.
Syracuse's Philip-Michael Devos, on the right point, served a hard pass to Killorn in the slot. Killorn had time to cleanly angle the puck past Thiessen to send the Crunch ahead 2-0 at the 11:21 mark.
Saturday was Teddy Bear Toss Night and Connolly sent the stuffed animals flying with the contest's first goal at the 14:35 mark of the first.
Syracuse's J.T. Wyman tested Thiessen with a rip from the right wing, and the goalie steered a rebound out front. Connolly ripped home the second chance at roughly the same time that Killorn plowed into the goalie, but there was no call and the goal stood.
Syracuse had a gift-wrapped opportunity to jump ahead earlier in the period, when penalties to Warren Peters and Robert Bortuzzo gave the Crunch 1:54 of 5-on-3 manpower advantage.
But Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cut off both power plays, thanks to a couple of good saves by Thiessen and a too-fine approach by Syracuse's power play.
Pens' center Zach Sill tried to ignite his team with a pair of first-period bouts.
Sill dropped the gloves with Syracuse's Mike Angelidis off the opening draw. Angelidis landed more blows but Sill finally delivered the one that knocked Angelidis off balance and down to the ice.
Later in the period, Sill went at it with Syracuse's J.P. Cote. It was a reversal of Sill's first effort, as he landed the early punches but Cote eventually wrangled him down.
NOTES: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Brian Strait returned to the Pens lineup Saturday after a four-game absence.
First Period: 1. SYR Connolly (Wyman, Killorn), 14:35; Second Period: 2. SYR Killorn (Devos, Brown), 11:21; Third Period: 3. SYR Labrie (Johnson), 5:07; 4. SYR Johnson (Panik, Palat), 16:37 Shots: PENS 29, SYR 35; Saves: PENS 31 (Brad Thiessen), SYR 29 (Dustin Tokarski).