Verhaeghe, Carter

AHL Game Night: 4-13-18 Crunch at Comets

Crunch knock off another prospective playoff opponent.

SYR-2
UTI-1 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
3:29 SYR Walcott (5), (Tammela, Verhaeghe)
19:35 UTI Carcone (15), (unassisted)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
4:21 SYR Verhaeghe (17), (Volkov, Thomas)

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

Syracuse became the third Eastern Conference club to hit 100 points for the season with the win. The victory also significantly increased the odds the Crunch will draw the Rochester Americans in the opening round of the postseason.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-28-18 Devils at Crunch

Red hot Crunch throttle Bingo.

BNG-1
SYR-5

Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 35 shots for the victory. Ingram is now 10 games over .500 on the campaign and is boasting a stout .913 save percentage all of a sudden.

First Period
6:47 SYR Verhaeghe (14), (Cernak, Archambault)(PP)
9:28 SYR Archambault (11), (Lynch, Joseph)
19:59 SYR Verhaeghe (15), (Dumont, Joseph)(PP)

Second Period
5:30 BNG Santini (2), (Seney, Quenneville)

Third Period
8:09 SYR Volkov (19), (Joseph)
10:59 SYR Lynch (13), (Lipanov)

Carter Verhaeghe, Matieu Joseph, and Kevin Lynch were the game's three stars. The game also featured the first point of Alexey Lipanov's AHL career with his helper on a Lynch goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-23-18 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Verhaeghe paces Crunch past Sound Tigers.

BRI-1
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale allowed just 1 goal on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:00 SYR Verhaeghe (12), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Second Period
2:00 SYR Walcott (4), (Lynch, Volkov)

Third Period
6:28 BRI Bailey (15), (Aho, St. Denis)(PP)
12:27 SYR Verhaeghe (13), (Peca, Spencer)
19:42 SYR Lynch (12), (Volkov)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe, Daniel Walcott, and Pasquale were the game's three stars.

Syracuse hits the 40 win mark for the season with the victory.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-21-18 Crunch at Americans

Peca and Ingram help stake Crunch to key 4 point victory.

SYR-2
RCH-1

Connor Ingram allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:01 RCH Malone (6), (Cornel, Fedun)(SH)

Second Period
1:26 SYR Stephens (18), (Verhaeghe, Masin)
1:36 SYR Peca (9), (Verhaeghe, Bodie)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Matthew Peca and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and second stars. Dominik Masin is also riding a little hot streak with 2 goals and 5 points in his last 5 games.

Syracuse moves 1 point clear of Rochester into third place in a tightly bunched North Division. Toronto is nine points clear of the pack, but Utica, Syracuse, and Rochester and separated by a mere two points between second and fourth position.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-18-18 Crunch at Checkers

Belated post: Three Third Period goals make Crunch kings of the Queen City (and the Bojangles' Coliseum).

SYR-3
CHA-1

Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
1:06 CHA Kichton (2), (Kruger, Carrick)
?
Third Period
9:04 SYR Archambault (6), (Masin, Bournival)
16:06 SYR Verhaeghe (10), (Bodie, Cernak)
16:30 SYR Condra (6), (Archambault, Walcott)

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

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-14-18 Crunch at Comets

Crunch tell rivals to kiss off on Valentine's Day.

SYR-3
UTI-2 (SO)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 35 shots before stopping all seven shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
1:57 SYR Verhaeghe (9), (Bodie, Cirelli)
6:15 SYR Masin (8), (Stephens, Joseph)

Second Period
12:44 UTI Dziurzynski (1), (Comrie, Cassels)

Third Period
1:39 UTI Wiercioch (6), (Cameranesi, D'Aoust)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- McBain
UTI- NONE

Pasquale and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse's win vaults them 1 point ahead of Utica and Rochester into second place in the North Division with the Comets and Americans both holding a game in hand. Big win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

After Multiple Trades, Verhaeghe Producing for Syracuse Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Carter Verhaeghe is more well-traveled than most 22-year-old hockey players.

Originally drafted by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013, Verhaeghe has been traded twice and split the last two seasons between the ECHL and the AHL.

Verhaeghe believes his experience has helped mold him into a nearly point-per-game player this year for the Syracuse Crunch.

"I've been through a lot in my short career so far, and I think that only helps me," Verhaeghe said. "I've played for a bunch of different coaches and different teams, and I think everything has contributed to the player I am now."

AHL Game Night: 2-9-18 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Crunch comeback nets a point.

HFD-4
SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 15 shots before being lifted for veteran Eddie Pasquale. Pasquale stopped all 6 shots he faced before allowing two of three to convert in the penalty shot session.

First Period
10:23 HFD Tambellini (10), (unassisted)

Second Period
1:04 SYR Volkov (14), (Archambault, Cirelli)
1:14 HFD Chytil (9), (Schneider)
7:03 HFD Gropp (10), (Chytil, Sproul)
19:43 SYR Stephens (17), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)

Third Period
8:00 SYR Joseph (9), (Verhaeghe, Thomas)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HFD- Tambellini, Gropp
SYR- Verhaeghe

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

This was Pasquale's second appearance for Syracuse after making a brief 12 second appearance against Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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

Ingram, Crunch continue to roll on.

SYR-3
UTI-2

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.

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