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AHL Game Night: 12-6-17 Crunch at Comets

Erne's hat trick keeps streaking Crunch on track.


Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. He's 5-2-0 with a .927 save percentage since joining Syracuse.

First Period
9:54 UTI Wiercioch (4), (Megna, Darcy)(SH)
17:57 SYR Erne (4), (Lynch)

Second period
9:55 SYR Verhaeghe (4), (Masin, Cernak)
11:02 SYR Verhaeghe (5), (Bournival)

Third Period

7:54 SYR Spencer (1), (Cirelli, Erne)
10:50 SYR Erne (5), (Bodie, Cirelli)
12:48 SYR Erne (6), (Joseph, Cirelli)(PP)

Adam Erne, Carter Verhaeghe, and Mathieu Joseph were the game's three stars.

Erne's hat trick obviously gets the headlines, but it was a banner night for several Crunch players, Carter Verhaeghe's two goals ended up being the critical markers that swayed the momentum of the game, and Anthony Cirelli chipped in assists in triplicate to help Syracuse turn the game into a laugher in the final frame. Additionally, defenseman Matthew Spencer had a milestone moment scoring his first professional goal.

Syracuse's white hot seven game winning streak has moved them from the out house of the North Division to third in winning percentage and fourth in raw points.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-12-17

Adirondack Thunder 1 at Brampton Beast 2 SO

D Matthew Spencer, ADK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG

G Connor Ingram, ADK, SOL, 65:00 MINS, 37/38, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 2-0-0-1, 1.30 GAA, 0.960 SV%, 0 SO
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 1-3-1, 3.36 GAA, 0.860 SV%, 0 SO

Other Notables
F Shane Conacher, ADK, 0-1-0, E, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-7-9, +1, 4 PIMs, 16 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

F Ty Loney, ADK, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 9-6-15, +3, 18 PIMs, 46 SOG

Lightning goalie prospect Connor Ingram and Beast goalie Andrew D'Agostini put on goaltending clinic Sunday afternoon at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. The two netminders allowed just one goal each and made a combined 82 saves en route to a shootout duel. D'Agostini, the ex-Peterborough Pete goalie and former teammate of Lightning prospects Matthew Spencer and Slater Koekkoek, turned away all 4 Adirondack shooters including Syracuse depth forwards Ty Loney and Shane Conacher. Ingram finally yielded a goal on the fourth Brampton shooter, but still earned Second Star honors for his performance. For the weekend, Ingram played a total of 185 minutes and turned away 95 of 99 shots, while backstopping the Thunder to earning 5 of the possible 6 points on the weekend. Loney and Conacher once again combined on the power play 40 seconds into the 3rd to knot the score at 1-1. Now that the weekend three-in-three is completed, it is expected that Ingram and Spencer will be recalled to Syracuse.

ECHL Game Night: 11-11-17

Adirondack Thunder 5 at Kalamazoo Wings 2

D Matthew Spencer, ADK, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIMS, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG

G Connor Ingram, ADK, W, 60:00 MINS, 25/27
Season Totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 0.951 SV%, 0 SO
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 1-3-1, 3.36 GAA, 0.860 SV%, 0 SO

Other Notables
F Shane Conacher, ADK, 0-1-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 8 GP, 2-6-8, +1, 4 PIMs, 12 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

F Ty Loney, ADK, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 12 GP, 8-6-14, +3, 18 PIMs, 42 SOG

Lightning goalie prospect Connor Ingram pitched a 25-save performance Saturday night for his second win against Kalamazoo in back-to-back nights. Syracuse depth forwards Ty Lomey and Shane Conacher combined on the power play 34 seconds into the 3rd for Adirondack's fifth goal. The Thunder continue their weekend road trip with a Sunday matinee in Brampton against the Beast.

ECHL Game Night: 11-10-17

Adirondack Thunder 4 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

D Matthew Spencer, ADK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG

G Connor Ingram, ADK, W, 60:00 MINS, 33/34, *FIRST STAR*
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, 0.971 SV%, 0 SO
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 1-3-1, 3.36 GAA, 0.860 SV%, 0 SO

Other Notables
F Shane Conacher, ADK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 2-5-7, +1, 4 PIMs, 11 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

F Ty Loney, ADK, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIMS, 3 SOG, *SECOND STAR*
Season Totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 7-6-13, +3, 16 PIMs, 38 SOG

With only one game on the weekend docket for the Syracuse Crunch, the organization reassigned Lightning prospect goalie Connor Ingram and defenseman Matthew Spencer to the Adirondack Thunder for the weekend to get some playing time. Ingram responded with a 33 save effort, allowing just one goal on the road in Kalamazoo, earning First Star honors. Syracuse depth forward Ty Lomey earned Second Star honors with a power play goal in the third period. The Thunder draw the rematch against the K-Wings Saturday night, before a matinee Sunday in Brampton against the Beast.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-27-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Valiant Third Period comeback bid by Junior Lightning gives hope for the future.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots for ye old backdoor loss. It was a respectable outing for both netminders who get additional time thanks to the World Cup of Hockey.

First Period
19:07 CAR Br. Sutter (1), (Foegele)

Second Period
10:26 CAR Wallmark (1), (Kuokkanen)
11:28 CAR Skinner (1), (Stempniak, Pesce)

Third Period
11:28 TB Point (1), (Johnson, Hajek)
18:41 TB Imama (1), (Vermin, Cerelli)

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

This is going to be a strange camp/preseason because of it being chopped up by the WCOH. The silver lining is some extra time for potential future contributors like Point, who didn't embarrass themselves tonight. Among those prospects, the ice time was as follows, revealing more who the organization wanted to take a long early look at for the future than who they trust and are thinking about from an NHL roster standpoint for this season...


Brett Howden was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:50. He was also 44% on 9 draws.

Point had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:38. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and 1 shot in 15:36. He was also 39% on 18 draws.

Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 15:19.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:04.

Dennis Yan had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40.

Boko Imama had 1 goal, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 10:28. He also killed 0 Hurricanes with his fists... this time.

Libor Hajek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in a hefty 20:45.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:59.

Matthew Spencer was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 18:51.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:23.

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Masin, Spencer Make Jump From Peterborough to Syracuse

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dominik Masin and Matthew Spencer’s change of scenery came quickly.

After their junior season ended in a Game 7 loss to North Bay in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs on April 5, the Peterborough Petes defensive pairing was on the ice for Syracuse Crunch practice less than 48 hours later.

One week into their stay in Syracuse, the duo are looking to learn what they can together before they take different paths next season.

“It’s been a whirlwind so far, especially coming off a tough seven game series in the OHL playoffs,” Spencer said. “Coming right here was all pretty quick, but it’s been great. The facilities are awesome and everyone has been treating the new guys extremely well.”

Lightning Sign D Matthew Spencer to Three-Year Rookie Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Matt Spencer to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Spencer, 19, skated in 60 games with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League this past season, recording five goals and 24 points to go along with 46 penalty minutes. He ranked third among all Petes defensemen for assists with 19 during the regular season. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound defenseman also appeared in seven OHL playoff games, posting one assist and 13 penalty minutes.

The Guelph, Ontario native has played in 191 career OHL games, all with Peterborough over the past three seasons, posting 12 goals and 69 points to go along with 143 penalty minutes.

Spencer was selected by the Lightning in the second round, 44th overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft.

Matthew Spencer


Guelph, ONT
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#44) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Second pair defenseman

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Peterborough (OHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$742 500
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$692 500
$742 500
$792 500




  • CHL Top Prospects Game
  • Hlinka Memorial Gold Medal
  • U18 WJC Bronze Medal


  • OHL Cup Champion
  • Ontario Minor Hockey Association Player of the Year

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Big, strong, agile puck mover. Not getting enough love." -Red Line Report

“Good skater and mobile for his size. He plays hard in his own end, and often makes contact with the opposing forwards. Limited offensive skills, but keeps OZ pucks in well, has a decent shot from the point”. -ISS


Mobile defenseman with excellent agility for his size. Good size and strength and willing to take the body along the wall. Makes good decisions and outlet passes when the puck is on his stick. Has a good understanding of when to pinch to hold plays in the offensive zone and when not to. Big slap shot. Assertive with good leadership intanglibles.


Limited offensive upside and knows it, therefore staying in his silo offensively. Needs to work on his consistency in positioning in the defensive zone.


Second pair defenseman.


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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Oakville Rangers Bantam AAASCTAB- - -- -|        
 2012-2013 Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAASCTAMM40 9 2736 34|        
  Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAAMidget71 17 3956 76|        
  Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAAOHL Cup7 0 44 12|        
  Team OMHA White OGC-165 0 55 6|        
  Oakville BladesOJHL3 0 00 2|Playoffs1 0 00
 2013-2014 Peterborough PetesOHL64 1 1415 33|Playoffs11 0 44 19 
  Canada Ontario U17WHC-175 0 11 6|        
 2014-2015 Team White U18-Dev3 0 00 0|        
  Peterborough PetesOHL67 6 2430 64|Playoffs5 1 01
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 22 2|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 0 22 4|        
 2015-2016 Peterborough PetesOHL60 5 1924 46|Playoffs7 0 11 13 
  Syracuse CrunchAHL1 0 00 0|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 Peterborough PetesOHL60 7 2229 60|Playoffs12 1 67
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL39 1 45 13|        
  Adirondack ThunderECHL14 2 13 13|Playoffs15 1 34
 2018-2019 Syracuse CrunchAHL- - -- -|        

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