Wilcox, Adam

Bolts Re-Acquire G Mike McKenna

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Mike McKenna from the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Adam Wilcox, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McKenna, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, has played in 26 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds this season, recording a 9-10-7 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage with one shutout. He has appeared in 415 career AHL games with Springfield, the Portland Pirates, Peoria Rivermen, Binghamton Senators, Albany Devils, Lowell Devils, Norfolk Admirals, Milwaukee Admirals and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. McKenna has amassed a 201-158-18 record, a 2.70 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage with 26 shutouts.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, McKenna has played in 22 career NHL games with the Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets and Arizona Coyotes. He made his NHL debut with Tampa Bay on February 3, 2009 at the New York Islanders in a relief effort.

McKenna, 33, was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round, 172nd overall, of the 2002 NHL Draft.

AHL Game Night: 2-25-17 Americans at Crunch

Usher Condra lets it burn in Crunch victory.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory. After going into the Third Period with the all important 3 goal lead, Wilcox did eventually surrender a couple of goals including the false hope goal early in the final frame. But, he was able to hold the fort the rest of the way to get the W.

First Period
0:46 SYR Condra (8), (Peca, Brodeur)
7:23 SYR Gourde (20), (Halmo, Vermin)(PP)
12:00 SYR Condra (9), (Walcott, Taormina)

Second Period
11:03 RCH Nylander (7), (Grant, Kennedy)(PP)
15:59 SYR Condra (10), (Gourde, Thomas)

Third Period
2:25 RCH Bonis (6), (Cornel, Catenacci)
4:17 RCH Baptiste (20), (Kennedy, Catenacci)

Erik Condra and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Condra had the home crowd screaming "yeah!" with his first pro hat trick while Gourde hit 20 goals for the second time as an AHL'er. Matthew Peca, somewhat quietly, has 1 goal and 7 points in his last 8 contests.

Syracuse pulls 2 points clear of Albany and 4 points clear of Toronto with the victory, and with both of those teams dropping their games in regulation tonight, the Crunch retained all their games in hand. Beautiful.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-22-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch can't protect the old 2 goal lead at the matinee.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
10:19 SYR Conacher (11), (Halmo, Thomas)
15:29 SYR Conacher (12), (Erne, Gourde)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
1:07 TOR Findlay (6), (Rychel)
9:42 TOR Timashov (11), (Smith, Dermott)(PP)

Overtime
1:13 TOR Findlay (7), (Holl, Rychel)

Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

What a tough pill to swallow. The Crunch played an excellent road game to build the 2 goal Third Period lead and had a 30-23 shot advantage on the game. They got everything but the final result.

Syracuse moves into a tie with Albany at 62 points atop the North Division with 2 games in hand. However, Toronto lurks just 2 points back with the Crunch holding 1 game in hand on the Marlies.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-19-17 Crunch at IceCaps

Crunch avenge last night's embarrassment.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:33 SYR Thomas (2), (Vermin, Koekkoek)
8:51 SYR Erne (12), (Comrie, Taormina)(PP)
11:42 SYR Darcy (3), (Brodeur)

Second Period
9:54 STJ Terry (19), (Friberg, Johnston)(PP)

Third Period
0:54 SYR Erne (13), (Condra, Taormina)(PP)
5:27 STJ Hudon (18), (Terry, Johnston)(PP)
5:47 STJ Terry (20), (Scherbak, Redmond)(PP)
11:28 SYR Halmo (14), (Gourde, Vermin)

Adam Erne and Yanni Gourde were the game's second and third stars. In 5 games since returning from injury, Erne has 5 goals and 7 points. He's making a play to get another callup to Tampa Bay before the end of the year.

A wise old hockey man once told me how incredibly difficult it is to beat a team on back-to-back days if you humiliate them in the first game. Pride kicks in. That's about what happened today.

Syracuse moved 1 point back of Albany for the top spot in the North Division with 2 games in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-18-17 Crunch at IceCaps

Sigh.

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Kristers Gudelevskis allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 2 on 17 the rest of the way.

First Period
6:18 STJ Terry (18), (Redmond, Scherbak)(PP)
9:22 STJ de la Rose (4), (Friberg, Johnston)
11:00 SYR Taormina (13), (Peca, Erne)(PP)

Second Period
8:37 STJ Matteau (9), (de la Rose, Brouillette)
11:32 STJ Broll (5), (Gregoire, Ranger)
18:24 STJ de la Rose (5), (Farnham)

Third Period
1:08 STJ Redmond (2), (Terry, Scherbak)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-15-17 Crunch at Devils

Catastrophic meltdown in key divisional matchup.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 6 goals on 29 shots before being lifted for Kristers Gudlevskis, who stopped all 6 shots he faced the rest of the way.

First Period
15:22 ALB Rooney (9), (Kujawinski, MacWilliam)
18:20 ALB Sexton (18), (Quenneville, Gibbons)(PP)

Second Period
12:39 ALB Gibbons (11), (Coleman, Scarlett)
14:26 ALB Coleman (17), (Novak, MacWilliam)
16:18 ALB Quenneville (11), (Sexton, Auvitu)(PP)
19:21 ALB Mozik (8), (Straka, Scarlett)(PP)

Third Period
4:34 SYR Comrie (7), (Morin)

Well, at least they won the Third Period.

Syracuse falls 1 point behind Albany atop the North Division with the loss, although they still hold 2 games in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-10-17 Senators at Crunch

Late mistake costs Crunch.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
13:06 BNG Bailey (12), (Harpur, McCormick)

Second Period
4:07 BNG Englund (2), (Varone, Akeson)
17:22 SYR Vermin (10), (Conacher, Gourde)

Third Period
9:03 SYR Morin (9), (unassisted)(PS)
19:06 BNG McCormick (13), (Flanagan)(SH)

Joel Vermin was the game's second star.

The stunning late loss stings with the Crunch 1 point behind Albany for the top spot in the North Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-5-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch can't parlay the false hope goal into real hope.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
9:44 TOR Froese (18), (Griffith, Rychel)(PP)

Second Period
19:23 TOR Froese (19), (Campbell, Johnsson)

Third Period
6:42 TOR Rychel (9), (Dermott, Froese)(PP)
13:10 SYR Richard (12), (Conacher, Condra)(PP)
14:52 SYR Comrie (6), (Taormina, Conacher)

Tanner Richard was the game's third star.

A three goal deficit in the Third Period of a pro hockey is just a death sentence 99% of the time. You'll see teams get that "false hope goal" to pull within one, but they rarely have enough gas to get the equalizer. It happened again to Syracuse today. They managed to get the false hope goal with a good 5+ minutes to go, but just couldn't find the equalizer. That's why you need timely goaltending and goal scoring to stay within 2 and give yourself a chance, because it's doom if you get down by 3.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-4-17 Crunch at Marlies

No problem scoring goals for Conacher, Crunch.

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Adam Wilcox made a stout 37 saves on 40 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:47 SYR Conacher (8), (Thomas)
3:17 SYR Richard (11), (Ikonen, Hart)
9:17 TOR Timashov (7), (Wrenn)
19:28 TOR Moore (5), (Griffith, Dermott)

Second Period
0:42 SYR Halmo (13), (Condra)
17:15 TOR Moore (6), (Griffith, Timashov)(PP)

Third Period
6:13 SYR Conacher (9), (Halmo)
12:57 SYR Lynch (1), (Conacher, Halmo)

Cory Conacher and Mike Halmo were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse seized, for the moment, a 1 point lead over Albany for the top spot on the North Division standings. Albany plays Binghamton later tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-17 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Crunch hold of a furious rally... barely.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:37 SYR Conacher (7), (Vermin, Gourde)

Second Period
11:27 SYR Brodeur (2), (Morin, Ikonen)

Third Period
5:43 SYR Ikonen (2), (Conacher, Koekkoek)
11:21 SYR Gourde (15), (unassisted)(SH)
13:53 SPR Hawryluk (3), (Acolatse, Sutter)(PP)
15:08 SPR Rau (5), (Weegar, Berra)(PP)
18:28 SPR Sutter (4), (Acolatse, Rau)

Henri Ikonen and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars. Ikonen? I'll take unlikely heroes for $500, Alex.

When you have a 4-0 lead in the Third Period, you really shouldn't allow the opposition to get as close as the old false hope goal. Fortunately, with the win, Syracuse maintained position 1 point back of Albany for the division lead with a game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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