Syracuse Crunch

AHL Game Night: 10-19-18 Crunch at Devils

Ingram pitches a shutout in slump busting win.

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Connor Ingram stopped all 27 shots he faced and a penalty shot for the victory. How a man does all that and doesn't get a star is beyond me.

First Period
4:07 SYR Andreoff (1), (Dumont, Gaunce)(SH)

Second Period
12:59 SYR Stephens (1), (Cernak, Dumont)(PP)

Third Period
9:46 SYR Andreoff (2), (Martel, Verhaeghe)(PP)
19:41 SYR Katchouk (1), (Stephens)(EN)(SH)

Andy Andreoff, Gabriel Dumont, and Mitchell Stephens were the game's three stars.

Danick Martel appeared for the Crunch on a conditioning stint after not getting into a game thus far for the Lightning and had a helper. Boris Katchouk scored his first pro goal into the empty net to seal the deal.

Syracuse evens their record at 2-2-0. They've played significantly fewer games than most of the teams in the Eastern Conference and have a fair number of games in hand to make up.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Lightning Acquire F Mitch Hults from the Ducks

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Mitch Hults from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for future considerations, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. Additionally, the team announced that Hults will be assigned to the Syracuse Crunch.

Hults, 23, has appeared in two games with the San Diego Gulls this season, posting one assist and five shots on goal. He skated in 53 games during the 2017-18 regular season with San Diego, recording 10 goals and 24 points to go along with eight penalty minutes. Five of his 10 goals last season were scored on the man-advantage.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound forward has appeared in 61 career AHL games, all with the Gulls over three seasons, registering 11 goals and 29 points. Hults skated in two Calder Cup Playoff games in 2017, scoring one goal. Prior to signing a two-year entry level contract as a free agent with the Ducks on March 20, 2017, Hults played two seasons at Lake Superior State University, collecting 20 goals and 54 points in 76 games.

Lightning Extend Conacher; Place Him on Waivers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, one-way contract for the 2019-20 season worth $700,000 AAV, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Conacher, 28, has skated in one game with the Lightning this season, the Bolts’ 2-1 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers on opening night. He appeared in 36 games with the Lightning during the 2017-18 season, notching eight goals and 12 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The Burlington, Ontario native also played in 18 games with the Crunch last season, recording seven goals and 15 points.

The 5-foot-8, 182-pound forward has skated in 189 NHL games, posting 28 goals and 74 points to go along with 114 penalty minutes. Conacher’s eight goals last season were the most he’s notched since the 2012-13 season when he recorded 11 while splitting time between the Lightning and Ottawa Senators. Conacher has also skated in 240 AHL games, registering 91 goals and 228 points.

Conacher was undrafted out of Canisius College and was originally signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay on July 5, 2011.

Note: According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, the Lighting placed Conacher on waivers today although he was at practice today which means a reassignment to Syracuse (AHL) might not be imminent.

AHL Game Night: 10-13-18 Checkers at Crunch

Crunch inexperience exposed.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss. Actually played better than the stat line indicates, including stopping a penalty shot.

First Period
4:46 CHA Gauthier (1), (Maenalanen)
17:57 CHA Kuokkanen (3), (Poturalski, Carrick)(PP)

Second Period
11:10 CHA Bishop (1), (Saarela, McKeown)(PP)
16:25 CHA Brown (1), (Bishop, Cajkovsky)(SH)

Third Period
4:42 SYR Sosunov (1), (Tammela, Katchouk)

Ingram was the game's third star.

Syracuse took about a month last season to work out the kinks with a young lineup, and we may see a bit of that to start this season, too. It was a pretty ugly, mistake-pocked game for Syracuse tonight and Ben Groulx will have plenty to work on correcting. Silver lining: big Oleg Sosunov did pot his first pro goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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