Gauthier, Danick

Crunch Come Out Flying, Down Bears 6-1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Seeing that there were only four men on the ice after the first Syracuse Crunch line change, Philip-Michael Devos quickly jumped on the ice to join the play.

The center accepted a pass from Richard Panik and fed it to an open Tyler Johnson, who fired the puck past Hershey Bears goalie Braden Holtby to give the Crunch a one-goal lead less than a minute into the game.

"I looked and there were only four guys on the ice, so I'm going to go," Devos said. "I jumped on, and four seconds later, the puck was in the net."

AHL Game Night: 11-16-12 Bears at Crunch

Bears no match for Nacho.

HER-1
SYR-6

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. Light work. He only faced a whopping 2 shots the entire First Period. 2! Life is good for the former WHL star.

First Period
SYR Johnson, (9) (Devos, Panik), 0:59
SYR Labrie, (1) (Conacher, Cote), 16:46

Second Period
SYR Connolly, (4) (Brown, Taormina), 14:28 (PP)
SYR Barberio, (3) (Oberg, Killorn), 16:00
HER Carman, (2) (Orlov, Stafford), 18:56
SYR Labrie, (2) (Barberio, Conacher), 19:23

Third Period
SYR Gauthier, (1) (Wyman), 16:54

Pierre-Cedric Labrie (pictured), Mark Barberio, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars. For Nacho, the night produced his first two goals of the season, as both Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin were forced to bow before the might and the power that is PCL.

Panik attack, y'all. That's a 5 game scoring streak for the pride of Martin, Slovakia.

Congratulations to Danick Gauthier on the first goal of his professional career.

Syracuse pounded Hershey for having the simple audacity to step foot in their rink, outshooting the Bears 40-21 in the contest. The challenge steps up a tier or two tomorrow, as they face the more NHL-talent loaded Adirondack Phantoms. Twelve games into the campaign, Syracuse holds a 2 point lead over the Penguins in the division with 2 games in hand, and their 44 goal are tied for tops in the conference even though they've played one less game than Springfield.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Scoring Projections for Lightning Forwards in Syracuse

Despite the large void the NHL lockout created, the hockey season is already long underway. Various amateur and professional leagues throughout North America and Europe have wrapped up their preseasons and are set to begin or are already in the thick of regular season action. 

The Lightning's new AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, open their 2012-2013 season tonight with an impressive roster that boasts the nucleus of last season's Calder Cup-winning roster and an infusion of talent with varying professional experience: (J.T. Brown, Brett Connolly, Danick GauthierRiku Helenius, Dmitry Korobov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Jared Nightingale, Matt Taormina and J.T. Wyman). In the absence of big-league action, watching much of the (currently foreseeable) lifeblood of the Lightning's future skate and bond together is a much-welcomed tonic.

Bolts Increase the Population of Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning assigned 18 players to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL ahead of what appears to be an NHL lockout, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Among the players moving to New York are reigning AHL Most Valuable Player Cory Conacher, former No.6 overall pick Brett Connolly, and last year's late-season signing, J.T. Brown. Others include recently signed prospects Vladislav Namestnikov, Danick Gauthier, Dmitry Korobov, and Riku Helenius. The additions of Connolly, Brown, Namestnikov, and Korobov will make the Crunch a stronger team, which is scary considering they were already among the favorites to claim the Calder Cup.

The full list of new Syracuse residents includes forwards Brown, Conacher, Connolly, Gauthier, Alex Hutchings, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Namestnikov, Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik; defensemen Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Korobov, Charles Landry, Dan Milan; and goaltenders Helenius, Dustin Tokarski, and Pat Nagle.

We'll offer some opinions shortly on who could end up in ECHL Florida with the Everblades and who likely stays in Syracuse.

Memorial Cup Game Night: 5-25-12

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 7

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (holding), 0 Hits
MemCup Totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 8 PIM
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Two days after defeating the Cataractes, 4-1, the Sea Dogs were upset by Shawinigan, 7-4, to end their season and their reign as Memorial Cup champions. Shawinigan advanced to the Memorial Cup finals to play Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov and London on Sunday. Danick Gauthier was scoreless in the game and took a holding penalty in the third period when Saint John was battling back for a tie against a rested team energized by a deafening crowd.

While Saint John was winning their second straight QMJHL championship, Shawinigan was resting and practicing after getting knocked out of the postseason in the second round by Chicoutimi. Nevertheless, as hosts, they are included in the Memorial Cup tournament, and became the 8th host of the last 9 to make the finals. Two have won.

Shawinigan’s game winning goal came with just over six minutes left in the game from Yannick Veilleux (Blues), who tipped a Morgan Ellis (Canadiens) point shot past Blue Jackets prospect Mathieu Corbeil. They added two empty net goals in the closing minutes.

As for Gauthier, he is signed to an NHL contract which will begin next year when he takes his spot in the Lightning system, likely in the AHL.

Congratulations to Gauthier for a career-season and to the Sea Dogs for a remarkable run as defending Memorial Cup champs.

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