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Connolly Helps Crunch Get Back On The Winning Track

by Michelle Holden / Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and Syracuse Crunch forward Brett Connolly snapped a four-game losing streak for the Crunch this past Saturday in a 1-0 shutout win against the Rochester Americans. Connolly’s lone goal in Saturday’s game came with support from netminder Kristers Gudlevskis, who had 27 saves on the night. The win brought Connolly’s season total to six points (two goals, four assists) in 15 games played.

The 6-foot-2, 181-pound forward has played 11 games with the Tampa Bay organization in the 2013-14 season, after being recalled twice. Connolly ranked tied for first on the Lightning during the preseason with four goals in five games. During last year’s campaign Connolly also appeared in five games with the Bolts, scoring one goal. He has skated in 73 career NHL games with the Lightning, recording five goals, two of which have been game-winners.

Connolly was drafted by the Lightning sixth overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Campbell River, British Columbia native played juniors for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League and appeared on Team Canada’s roster in the 2011 World Junior Championships, notching three assists in seven games to help Canada to a silver medal.

Syracuse will visit Hershey to take on the Bears this Wednesday, where Connolly will look to help the Crunch improve their overall record of 12-10-1 and earn their first win streak for the month of December.

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