Lightning Prospect Performer of the Week:
Cory Conacher, an undrafted free agent signed out of Canisus College during the summer of 2011, is the Lightning Prospect Performer of the Week for the period ending October 15th.
After earning the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding rookie and the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s most valuable player last season, Conacher kicked-off the Syracuse Crunch season right where he left off last year.
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Through two games of the AHL season, Conacher has already amassed two goals and three assists for a total of five points. Conacher’s finds himself atop the league leaders in goals and points thanks to his hot start. Conacher has also made his presence felt physically by racking up six penalty minutes during the first weekend of AHL games.
Conacher scored a crucial goal in Saturday’s win over the Hershey Bears. After the Bears had scored back-to-back goals to tie the game in the second period, Conacher found the back of the net 18:44 into the middle frame, killing the Bears’ momentum and giving the Crunch a one-goal lead heading into the third period. He also added an assist earlier in the night.
Tyler Johnson (Forward) – Syracuse – AHL – Johnson got off to a hot start this season with the Syracuse Crunch, posting three goals through the first two games of the season. Despite a 6-5 shootout loss on opening night, Johnson was able to find the back of the net twice in the third period to give the Crunch a short-lived, one-goal lead. Johnson also scored once in Saturday’s 4-3 win.
Slater Koekkoek (Defenseman) – Peterborough – OHL – Koekkoek picked up the scoring pace by notching two goals and three assists during a four-game slate this week, showing why the Lightning drafted him 10th overall in 2012. The Petes captain is currently tied for the team lead in assists with five and tied for second in points with seven. Koekkoek was a big contributor on the power play this week as well, picking up three points on the man-advantage.
Artem Sergeev (Defenseman) – Val-d’Or – QMJHL – Artem Sergeev added two goals and two assists during three games this week bringing his season totals to three goals and six assists. Two out of Sergeev’s four points this week came on the power play. One of the most impressive stats of the week for Sergeev was his plus/minus rating. Sergeev started the week with a season mark of minus-2, but compiled a plus-8 throughout the week bringing his season-rating to a plus-6.
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