Thomas, Ben

AHL Game Night: 1-3-20 Marlies at Crunch

Syracuse buries Marlies under an avalanche of goals.

TOR-2
SYR-8

Spencer Martin allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win. Sweet sweet goal support.

First Period
0:46 SYR Smith (12), (Conacher, Thomas)
14:15 SYR Thomas (2), (Somppi, Martel)
17:47 SYR Raddysh (6), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)(PP)

Second Period
3:14 SYR Colton (5), (Barre-Boulet, Volkov)(PP)
5:39 TOR Petan (4), (Liljegren, Agostino)(PP)
6:42 SYR Conacher (12), (Martel)(SH)
8:46 SYR Smith (13), (Foote, Joseph)
11:14 TOR Read (4), (Harpur, Baptiste)

Third Period
7:21 SYR Barre-Boulet (13), (Raddysh, Somppi)
12:22 SYR Somppi (4), (Walcott, Huntington)

Gemel Smith, Otto Somppi, and Ben Thomas were the game’s three stars.

Syracuse finally put together the kind of dominant performance their talent level suggests on paper they’re capable of. I’m not even talking about the eight goals, either. The team outpossessed Toronto, a perennially strong AHL club, by a remarkable 56-22 advantage. The eight goals may not happen every night, but this kind of well rounded pressure attack from Syracuse absolutely can, and with a little luck you get a night like this one where everyone starts finding the scoresheet and everyone gets to feed.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-20-19 Predators at Lightning

Lightning offense breaks its slumber in Third Period comeback win.

NSH-1
TB-3

Curtis McElhinney allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the win.

First Period
15:32 NSH Jarnkrok (1), (Bonino, Turris)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
9:30 TB Volkov (1), (Verhaeghe, Yan)(PP)
19:21 TB Kucherov (1), (Palat, Johnson)
19:44 TB Kucherov (2), (Palat)(EN)

Nikita Kucherov, Alexander Volkov and McElhinney were the game's three stars.

Shots were even at 32-32 for the game. Note the significant ice time for Volkov (again) and Carter Verhaeghe as well as a lot of ice time for righty defenseman prospect Ben Thomas (20:30). In all three cases, chronologically older prospects that should be among the next in line for spots in Tampa Bay, if in the cards.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Bolts Re-Sign Defensive Prospect Ben Thomas

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Ben Thomas to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Thomas, 23, played in 67 games with the Crunch last season, recording two goals and 16 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The Calgary, Alberta native set a career high with a plus-18 rating and netted his first career shorthanded goal during the 2018-19 season.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound defenseman has skated in 218 career AHL games, all with Syracuse over the past four seasons, registering 10 goals and 63 points to go along with 112 penalty minutes. Thomas has also appeared in 29 career Calder Cup playoff games, posting five goals and 13 points. He was originally drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 119th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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.

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