The Syracuse Crunch have rattled off three wins in three nights for the second time this year. Over the weekend, they sandwich a win over the Adirondack Phantoms between a pair of victories over the Hershey Bears. The Crunch combined for sixteen goals over the three game span, while giving up six.
The Crunch now find themselves tied for top spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference with a record of 10-2-1-1. Their leading scorer, Cory Conacher, currently sits in a multi-way tie for fourth among AHL scorers with 17 points.
Lightning fans will also be interested to note that prospect Tyler Johnson continues to raise eyebrows. The undrafted 23 year old signed a three year entry level contract with the Lightning in 2011. Last season, he scored 31 goals and 68 points in 75 games with the Norfolk Admirals. This season, Johnson is off to a blazing start, potting 10 goals already, to go along with 15 points. He had 4 goals over weekend.
Crunch goalie Dustin Tokarski is doing all he can to warrant a second look at the NHL level this upcoming season. The Lightning hopeful has thus far posted a GAA of 1.97 with a Save Percentage of .911, and has 7 wins under his belt.
On the blueline, Mark Barberio continues to stand out. And with the Lightning in dire need of some back end scoring help, his timing couldn’t be better. After finishing last season with the most points by an AHL defenceman, not to mention the most goals and points by a rookie defenceman in Norfolk Admirals history (13 and 61, respectively), Barberio has picked up where he left off, notching 3 goals and 11 points so far this season.
Earlier this season the Crunch won three games in three nights against the Devils, Senators, and Penguins. Sunday’s win over the Bears keeps them unbeaten in regulation while on the road this season (6-0-0-1).
The Crunch have another three-in-three this coming weekend, starting at home, on Friday, against the Birmingham Senators.