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Crunch's Yan Focuses on Consistency in Rookie Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Consistency is a key for Dennis Yan’s development.

The Syracuse Crunch winger has four multi-point games during his rookie season, including a goal and an assist against Laval Saturday. Of his 20 points in 40 games this season, nine have come during a multi-point performance.

Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Yan has the tools, but needs to use them each and every game.

“I like the skills. I like the size. He’s got to bring it together every day,” Groulx said. “He’s not consistent at doing that. When he does that, he’s a very good player. When he does not, he’s a different player.”

Crunch's Walcott 'Making Friends' With Abrasive Style


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Daniel Walcott realizes that he’s at his best when he’s abrasive.

The Syracuse Crunch forward prides himself on his play on the forecheck and ability to rile up opponents. Walcott can also chuck some fists when the time comes.

Since moving from defense to forward full-time earlier this season, Walcott has focused on bringing energy to the Crunch lineup.

“I’m an energetic guy, so if I can spread the wealthy with my energy, I’ll do that,” Walcott said. “Also, I want to create plays and play the right way defensively. If I’m on the ice, I can’t get scored on. That’s been a focus for me — to bring energy and be physically, but be sound defensively.”

Even After Highlight Reel Save, Ingram Pragmatic About His Development


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Connor Ingram isn’t letting one play get to his head.

The Syracuse Crunch goalie made a highlight reel save that ended up on SportsCenter’s Top 10 in a 3-1 win in Charlotte Sunday. Even after a spectacular diving stop with his stick, Ingram focused more on making the next save.

Ingram remains pragmatic about the play and hockey in general as he works his way toward the NHL.

“It went right to left, I slid in and missed my post on the left side and it was a wide open net. You’ve got to do whatever you can to get there, and luckily he just shot it right into my stick,” Ingram said. “I’m not going to take credit for it. It’s a pretty fluky thing that’ll happen.”

After Multiple Trades, Verhaeghe Producing for Syracuse Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Carter Verhaeghe is more well-traveled than most 22-year-old hockey players.

Originally drafted by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013, Verhaeghe has been traded twice and split the last two seasons between the ECHL and the AHL.

Verhaeghe believes his experience has helped mold him into a nearly point-per-game player this year for the Syracuse Crunch.

"I've been through a lot in my short career so far, and I think that only helps me," Verhaeghe said. "I've played for a bunch of different coaches and different teams, and I think everything has contributed to the player I am now."

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