Thomas, Ben

AHL Game Night: 2-9-19 Crunch at Wolf Pack

Crunch dominate to keep pace in the division.

SYR-6
HFD-0

Eddie Pasquale stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

First Period
11:01 SYR Stephens (3), (Barre-Boulet, Labrie)

Second Period
2:02 SYR Colton (8), (Thomas)
5:20 SYR Thomas (1), (unassisted)
10:13 SYR Raddysh (14), (Conacher, Gaunce)

Third Period
17:09 SYR Stephens (4), (unassisted)(EN)(SH)
18:20 SYR Masin (2), (Colton, Volkov)(EN)(SH)

Ben Thomas, Pasquale, and Ross Colton were the game's three stars. After a two month hiatus due to injuries, Mitchell Stephens also returned to the fold with a splashy two goal effort.

Syracuse still lurks two points back of Rochester for the division lead with two games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-2-18 Senators at Crunch

Crunch hold tight in Third Period of wild, high-scoring affair.

BEL-4
SYR-5

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
7:42 SYR Yan (2), (Katchouk, Raddysh)(PP)
8:57 BEL Sturtz (1), (LaBate, Leier)
15:56 SYR Verhaeghe (2), (Barre-Boulet, Thomas)
19:16 BEL Tambellini (4), (Murray, Percy)(PP)

Second Period
0:48 SYR Volkov (1), (Katchouk)(PP)
4:38 SYR Andreoff (4), (Foote, Verhaeghe)(PP)
11:13 SYR Volkov (2), (Thomas, Raddysh)
16:38 BEL Tambellini (5), (Carey, Murray)(PP)
16:52 BEL Batherson (5), (Balcers, Sieloff)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Alexander Volkov, Ben Thomas, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars. Volkov, who was among the last cuts from the Lightning's camp, had been notably absent from the goalscoring ledger throughout the early parts of this AHL campaign. Good to see him open his 2018-2019 account tonight and good to see fellow prized prospect Boris Katchouk go get a couple of helpers to boot.

Hopefully this starts the climb back up the mountain for the Crunch. They've got at least two games in hand on the rest of the North Division, so if they can string some W's together, they can quickly climb to the middle of the divisional pack with teams like the Sens.

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: 12-30-17 Comets at Crunch

Crunch dispose of rival Comets in a lengthy shootout.

UTI-2
SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 17 shots before stopping 8 of 11 in a lengthy penalty shot session for the SO victory. With Budaj's injury moving Domingue up to the big league, Ingram's got a window of opportunity here to prove his worth until and if BriseBois brings in another goaltender to help bolster the Crunch.

First Period
9:59 SYR Volkov (7), (Verhaeghe, McNeill)
15:41 UTI Carcone (7), (Archibald, Brisebois)

Second Period
14:15 UTI Roy (1), (Chatfield)

Third Period
5:28 SYR Volkov (8), (Joseph, Cirelli)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
UTI- Archibald, Holm, Cassels
SYR- Volkov, Joseph, Erne, Thomas

Alexander Volkov and Ben Thomas were the game's first and third stars. Volkov had quite a night with both goals in regulation and the opening marker for Syracuse in the Shootout.

Syracuse continues to slowly creep up onto the heels of Rochester and Toronto atop the division. They're now 7 points back of Toronto with a game in hand and 9 points back of the Americans with a pair of games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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