Thomas, Ben

AHL Game Night: 11-2-18 Senators at Crunch

Crunch hold tight in Third Period of wild, high-scoring affair.

BEL-4
SYR-5

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
7:42 SYR Yan (2), (Katchouk, Raddysh)(PP)
8:57 BEL Sturtz (1), (LaBate, Leier)
15:56 SYR Verhaeghe (2), (Barre-Boulet, Thomas)
19:16 BEL Tambellini (4), (Murray, Percy)(PP)

Second Period
0:48 SYR Volkov (1), (Katchouk)(PP)
4:38 SYR Andreoff (4), (Foote, Verhaeghe)(PP)
11:13 SYR Volkov (2), (Thomas, Raddysh)
16:38 BEL Tambellini (5), (Carey, Murray)(PP)
16:52 BEL Batherson (5), (Balcers, Sieloff)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Alexander Volkov, Ben Thomas, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars. Volkov, who was among the last cuts from the Lightning's camp, had been notably absent from the goalscoring ledger throughout the early parts of this AHL campaign. Good to see him open his 2018-2019 account tonight and good to see fellow prized prospect Boris Katchouk go get a couple of helpers to boot.

Hopefully this starts the climb back up the mountain for the Crunch. They've got at least two games in hand on the rest of the North Division, so if they can string some W's together, they can quickly climb to the middle of the divisional pack with teams like the Sens.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Opinion: Lightning at the Halfway Mark

Forty games into a historic 2017-2018 season, let's take a moment to pause, step out of the moment, and take stock of where the club is. Sitting halfway through the campaign expectations for the team, which missed the postseason just a year ago, are sky high for good reason. Not only is the Lightning atop the NHL standings a full 13 points ahead of the pace they need to be in order to make the postseason, but the team leads a bevy of organizational and individual statistical categories.

Let's pump the breaks on prematurely planning a Stanley Cup championship parade, though. There's still half of the regular season and the postseason left to play, and as good as the team is, it's not without blemishes. How General Manager Steve Yzerman addresses those blemishes (or doesn't) and how any potential changes alters team chemistry (or doesn't) will have a lot to say about whether the team lives up to its perceived potential. So, with all of that in mind, let's look at how the team got here, what its weaknesses are, and what might happen next.

AHL Game Night: 12-30-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch dispose of rival Comets in a lengthy shootout.

UTI-2
SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 17 shots before stopping 8 of 11 in a lengthy penalty shot session for the SO victory. With Budaj's injury moving Domingue up to the big league, Ingram's got a window of opportunity here to prove his worth until and if BriseBois brings in another goaltender to help bolster the Crunch.

First Period
9:59 SYR Volkov (7), (Verhaeghe, McNeill)
15:41 UTI Carcone (7), (Archibald, Brisebois)

Second Period
14:15 UTI Roy (1), (Chatfield)

Third Period
5:28 SYR Volkov (8), (Joseph, Cirelli)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
UTI- Archibald, Holm, Cassels
SYR- Volkov, Joseph, Erne, Thomas

Alexander Volkov and Ben Thomas were the game's first and third stars. Volkov had quite a night with both goals in regulation and the opening marker for Syracuse in the Shootout.

Syracuse continues to slowly creep up onto the heels of Rochester and Toronto atop the division. They're now 7 points back of Toronto with a game in hand and 9 points back of the Americans with a pair of games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-3-17 Crunch at Rocket

Wins still eluding Crunch.

SYR-5
LAV-6 (SO)

Michael Leighton allowed 5 goals on 25 shots and 2 of 4 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
7:27 SYR Thomas (1), (Volkov, Cirelli)(PP)
12:06 LAV Froese (3), (Taormina)(PP)
17:29 SYR Joseph (1), (Thomas, McGinn)

Second Period
4:53 SYR Thomas (2), (Cirelli, Joseph)(PP)
6:24 LAV Gelinas (2), (Jerabek, Holland)
9:55 LAV Taormina (2), (Audette)(PP)
10:11 LAV Jerabek (1), (Gregoire, Petti)

Third Period
9:30 SYR Masin (2), (McGinn, Conacher)
11:24 LAV Audette (4), (Carr, Froese)(PP)
11:29 SYR Joseph (2), (unassisted)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Conacher
LAV- Holland, Froese

Mathieu Joseph was the game's third star. His 2 goals and 1 assist were matched by fellow prospect Ben Thomas.

Syracuse is only 5 points back of division leading Toronto, so it's not as if the hill to climb is insurmountable. But, the Crunch need to start putting together some wins pretty soon here. Close isn't enough after a subpar first 10 games of the year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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