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Kevin Lynch One-Year, Two-Way Contract Official

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Kevin Lynch to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Lynch, 27, skated in 57 games with the Crunch during the 2017-18 season, posting 14 goals and 26 points to go along with 48 penalty minutes. He ranked third on Syracuse for shorthanded goals with two and was tied for sixth for goals. The Grosse Point, Michigan native also appeared in seven Calder Cup Playoff games in 2018, recording two goals and five points.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound forward has played in 154 career AHL games over four seasons with the Crunch and Manitoba Moose, registering 22 goals and 37 points to go along with 88 penalty minutes. Lynch set career highs for games played, goals, assists (12), points and penalty minutes during the 2017-18 season.

Lynch was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, 56th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft.

Lightning Sign Catamount Ross Colton to Two-Year ELC

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ross Colton to a two-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Colton, 21, appeared in 36 games with the University of Vermont last season, recording 16 goals and 23 points to go along with 16 penalty minutes. He ranked first on Vermont for goals and points. Colton also ranked sixth in the Hockey East Conference for goals, eighth for power-play goals with eight and was tied for eighth with three game-winning goals.

The Robbinsville, New Jersey native has played in 69 games with Vermont over the past two seasons, collecting 28 goals and 50 points to go along with 69 penalty minutes. He led the team for goals during his freshman season with 12 tallies and was second for points with 27.

Colton was originally drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 118th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bolts Qualify Four Pending RFAs; Grant F Alex Gallant Unrestricted Free Agency

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued qualifying offers to four players today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Below is the list of players receiving qualifying offers:

Pos. Player
LW Adam Erne
D Slater Koekkoek
C J.T. Miller
C Cedric Paquette

The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is at 5 p.m. today. By issuing qualifying offers to the aforementioned players, the Lightning are given the right of first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club.

The Lightning did not issue a qualifying offer to forward Alex Gallant.

Lightning Extend G Eddie Pascale with One-Year, Two-Way Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Pasquale, 27, appeared in 31 American Hockey League games last season, splitting the season between the Bakersfield Condors and Crunch, posting a record of 16-6-7 to go along with a 2.19 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. In 15 games with Syracuse, the Toronto, Ontario native went 10-1-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. He ranked fourth in the AHL for goals-against average and fifth for save percentage.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound goaltender has played in 226 career AHL games over seven seasons, compiling a record of 110-84-13 to go along with a 2.54 goals-against average and .914 save percentage with 16 shutouts. Pasquale set career bests for goals-against average and save percentage during the 2017-18 season. He helped lead the Grand Rapids Griffins to the Calder Cup Championship in 2017.

Pasquale was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round, 117th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft.

Bolts Extend F Carter Verhaeghe on One-Year, Two-Way Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Carter Verhaeghe to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Verhaeghe, 22, played in 58 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, posting 17 goals and 48 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes. He ranked second on Syracuse for points and was third for goals and assists (31). The Toronto, Ontario native led the Crunch for power-play goals with seven. Verhaeghe also appeared in seven Calder Cup Playoff games, recording a goal and eight points.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward has skated in 135 career AHL games with the Crunch, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Toronto Marlies over four seasons, recording 39 goals and 93 points. Verhaeghe set career highs for games played, goals, assists and points during the 2017-18 season while with the Crunch.

Verhaeghe was acquired by the Lightning from the New York Islanders in exchange for goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis on July 1, 2017.

Lightning Re-Signs Pending RFA Daniel Walcott

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Daniel Walcott to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Walcott, 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, played in 62 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, recording five goals and 16 points with a plus-5 rating. He also appeared in seven Calder Cup Playoff games in 2018 and recorded an assist.

A native of Ile Perrot, Quebec, Walcott has played in 180 career AHL games with the Crunch and Hartford Wolf Pack. He has amassed 11 goals and 44 points with four game-winning goals. Walcott has also skated in 20 Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Syracuse in the previous two seasons, recording five assists.

The Lightning acquired Walcott’s rights from the New York Rangers on June 1, 2015 in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2015.

Crunch Swept in North Division Finals by Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch couldn’t dig out of the hole they were in.

The Toronto Marlies scored two power play goals in the first period, and despite the Crunch climbing back to within a goal in the third, held on for a 2-1 victory at in Game 4 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Tuesday. With the win, the Marlies sweep the series 4-0.

Syracuse’s veterans addressed the rest of the team after the game.

“I think the thing that we stressed a lot was that we left it all out there. There was no quit in anybody,” Crunch forward Matthew Peca said. “It’s easy to fold when you’re down 0-3. There was no sign of quit in the dressing room with a short lineup and guys were laying out blocking shots. You could just tell that everybody was doing everything for the guy next to them. That’s the biggest team-thing a guy can do, and we saw a lot of it all year and in the playoffs.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-8-18 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch comeback falls short. Marlies complete sweep.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

TOR-2
SYR-1

Toronto Wins the Series 4-0

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:52 TOR Timashov (5), (Smith, Mueller)(PP)
14:56 TOR Johnsson (3), (Liljegren, Engvall)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
10:29 SYR McNeill (2), (Lynch, Verhaeghe)

Ingram was the game's second star.

This was a really strong season for Syracuse in terms of both overall performance and the ability to develop a very young group of players in the process. It's a shame that may end up being tempered by the embarassment of being swept by a very deep and powerful Toronto Marlies club. Looking forward to next year the club will get yet another influx of high caliber youth like Boris Katchouk and Alex Barre-Boulet, among others. So, the success is sustainable, but Toronto remains a problematic adversary in the division to overcome.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Look to Turn Page After Being Overwhelmed by Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After the final horn, the Syracuse Crunch were ready to put the game behind them.

The Crunch didn’t score on an early power play and went into a tailspin, as Syracuse lost to the Toronto Marlies, 7-1, in Game 3 of the North Division Finals Sunday.

Toronto, who topped Syracuse in double overtime Saturday, leads the series 3-0 and will go for the sweep on Tuesday.

“You’ve got to turn the page,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It’s one of our worst games of the year. But again, you’ve got to give credit to Toronto. They won a big game last night and carried the momentum over. They jumped on us and we weren’t ready to play.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-6-18 Marlies at Crunch

Flat Crunch get flattened.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

TOR-7
SYR-1

Toronto Leads the Series 3-0

Connor Ingram allowed 7 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
3:23 TOR Mueller (2), (Holl, Smith)
4:35 TOR Grundstrom (4), (Aaltonen, Johnsson)

Second Period
10:39 TOR Aaltonen (1), (Johnsson, Grundstrom)
14:05 TOR Greening (3), (Gauthier, Engvall)
17:14 SYR Cernak (1), (Verhaeghe, Lynch)

Third Period
8:23 TOR Moore (2), (LoVerde, Pickard)
15:08 TOR Johnsson (2), (Liljegren, Aaltonen)
18:20 TOR Moore (3), (Mueller)

Hard to believe about 24 hours ago the Crunch were a bounce away from making this a very competitive series. Clearly the sting of that Double OT loss carried over to Game Three and now the Crunch are in a seemingly impossible 3-0 hole.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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