Syracuse Crunch

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.

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