Verhaeghe, Carter

AHL Game Night: 1-12-18 Crunch at Comets

Ingram, Crunch continue to roll on.

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Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the victory. Six straight victories for the young netminder settling into the number one role due to injuries up top in Tampa Bay.

First Period
5:08 SYR Walcott (2), (Verhaeghe)
12:47 UTI Comrie (3), (Sautner, Blujus)
18:14 SYR Bournival (12), (Peca, Condra)

Second Period
3:04 UTI Boucher (17), (Wiercioch, MacEwen)

Third Period
2:24 SYR Verhaeghe (8), (Bodie, Erne)(PP)

Carter Verhaeghe and Ingram were the game's first and second stars.

The victory was Syracuse's seventh consecutive trip to the winner's circle.

After missing, essentially, a year and a half of hockey due to injury, Jonne Tammela made his season debut for the Crunch tonight and registered one shot on goal.

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: 12-6-17 Crunch at Comets

Erne's hat trick keeps streaking Crunch on track.

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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.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-25-17 Crunch at Penguins

Streaking Crunch run it to 3 in a row.

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Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:39 SYR Walcott (1), (Verhaeghe, Cernak)
2:58 WBS Tiffels (1), (Quinney, Johnson)
7:39 WBS Blueger (3), (Haggerty, Johnson)
17:28 SYR Verhaeghe (3), (Bodie, McBain)(PP)

Second Period
10:56 SYR Bournival (7), (unassisted)(SH)
16:50 SYR Peca (2), (Erne)

Third Period
7:15 WBS Corrado (2), (Simon, Thomas)

Carter Verhaeghe and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars. After going 19 games without a goal, Peca now has a goal in two of his last three tilts. He also has a gaudy 6 points over that three game span.

Syracuse moves to 2 games under .500 with the victory. If they can get their record back to level, then the push to get back into playoff contention can begin.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 11-4-17 Crunch at Rocket

Crunch see another one slip away.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
7:56 LAV Deslauriers (3), (Petti)
10:08 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Joseph)
12:07 LAV Holland (4), (Gregoire)

Third Period
0:19 LAV Holland (5), (unassisted)
5:56 SYR Conacher (6), (Verhaeghe, McBain)(PP)
13:14 LAV Carr (7), (Holland, Froese)(PP)
18:24 LAV Holland (6), (Lernout)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

This is a young team. I'm not surprised they've taken a step back from the veteran-heavy team of a season ago. But, you'd have hoped to have seen a little more progress to this point. A .375 winning percentage is obviously well below the standard for this organization, at the moment.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Carter Verhaeghe

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
181
Born: 
08/14/1995
Age: 
22
Hometown: 
Waterdown, ONT
Acquired: 
Acquired in a trade with New York Islanders on July 1, 2017
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Depth center project

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2013
Drafted By: 
Toronto Maple Leafs
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
84
Draft Team: 
Niagara (OHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
04/02/2014
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$778 333
Contract Start Year: 
2015
Contract End Year: 
2018
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$750 000

Bio

Awards: 

2012-13

  • U18 WJC Gold Medal

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Mn Mdt AAASCTAMM45 34 3064 -|        
 2011-2012 Niagara IceDogsOHL62 4 1216 10|Playoffs19 1 23
 2012-2013 Niagara IceDogsOHL67 18 2644 22|Playoffs5 2 24
  Canada U18WJC-187 0 44 4|        
 2013-2014 Niagara IceDogsOHL65 28 5482 60|Playoffs6 2 24
  Toronto MarliesAHL2 0 11 0|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 1 01 0|        
 2014-2015 Niagara IceDogsOHL68 33 4982 38|Playoffs11 6 814
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL30 6 915 6|        
  Kansas City MavericksECHL20 8 1725 2|Playoffs10 2 911
 2016-2017 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL45 16 1329 20|        
  Kansas City MavericksECHL16 12 2032 4|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL28 8 1725 18|        

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Lightning Acquire Prospect F Carter Verhaeghe from Islanders

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Carter Verhaeghe from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Verhaeghe, 21, skated in 45 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, recording 16 goals and 29 points with 20 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound forward ranked tied for third on the Sound Tigers for goals and tied for fifth for power-play goals with four. He set career highs for games played, goals, assists, points and power-play goals during the 2016-17 season. Verhaeghe also played in 16 games with the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL, collecting 12 goals and 32 points.

The Toronto, Ontario native has appeared in 77 career AHL over the past three seasons with the Sound Tigers and Toronto Marlies, collecting 22 goals and 45 points. Verhaeghe played four seasons with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League prior to turning pro, recording 83 goals and 224 points in 262 career games.

Verhaeghe was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 82nd overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.

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