Syracuse Crunch

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.

AHL Game Night: 10-10-18 Crunch at Americans

Rochester shows urgency in doubling up Syracuse.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 6 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
13:02 ROC O'Regan (1), (Nylander, Redmond)(PP)
19:59 SYR Barre-Boulet (2), (Cernak, Dumont)(PP)

Second Period
7:05 ROC Smith (2), (Criscuolo)(SH)
9:42 ROC Criscuolo (1), (Smith)
12:06 ROC Redmond (1), (Pilut, Olofsson)(PP)
12:52 SYR Tammela (1), (Brassart)

Third Period
2:55 ROC Pilut (2), (Olofsson, Redmond)(PP)
7:18 ROC Olofsson (1), (O'Regan, Dougherty)
19:44 SYR Yan (1), (Volkov, Masin)

It's probably not crazy to suggest that Rochester needed this game more given they were trying to avoid an 0-3 start to their campaign. Syracuse gave themselves a chance by getting it within a two goal deficit at the Second Intermission, but another power play goal by Rochester put the game into garbage time pretty quickly.

So far so good with Alex Barre-Boulet, at least.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-6-18 Crunch at Bears

Crunch come out of opening night number one with a Boulet.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:45 HER O'Brien (1), (Williams, Barber)
7:49 SYR Verhaeghe (1), (Barre-Boulet, Volkov)(PP)
19:03 HER Sgarbossa (1), (Barber, Williams)

Second Period
14:02 SYR Raddysh (1), (Andreoff, Colton)

Third Period
5:26 SYR Barre-Boulet (1), (Foote, Dumont)(PP)

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's first star. He and Taylor Raddysh celebrated their first pro goals tonight while fellow rookie Ross Colton notched his first pro point.

Quality outcome against a really quality opponent to open the campaign.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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