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Prospect Performer of the Week: Paquette’s Points Vital In Crunch’s Back-to-Back Wins

by Michelle Holden / Tampa Bay Lightning

Syracuse Crunch center and Lightning prospect Cedric Paquette scored back-to-back game winning goals this past week to give Syracuse a record of 11-7-1 on the season. The record ties the Crunch with the Norfolk Admirals for third in the division and also snapped a five-game losing streak.

Paquette’s two game-winners came against the St. John’s Ice Caps on Friday night, where he also added a helper on a Geoff Walker goal, and again on Saturday against the Adirondack Phantoms. Paquette’s three points are good for his second point streak of the 2013-14 season.

Paquette, selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, played in 63 games with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this past season. He recorded 27 goals, including six on the power-play, and led the Armada in assists (56) and points (83). Prior to joining his QMJHL team, Paquette played three seasons for Collège Notre-Dame in Montreal, scoring 28 goals in 2010-11.

The 6-foot, 198-pound Paquette has stepped up and taken a leading role following teammate Nikita Kucherov’s recall to Tampa Bay. The Crunch will host back-to-back home games against division rival Norfolk on December 6 and 7, where Paquette will look for the longest point steak of his Crunch career.

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