Canisius College product and former Buffalo Sabres forward Cory Conacher has been named the AHL Player of the Month for November after piling up more than two points a game for the Syracuse Crunch.
Conacher, 28, had 23 points in just 11 games in November, collecting eight goals and 15 assists. Syracuse, the Tampa Bay affiliate, went 9-0-2 in the month to overcome a slow start and pull within two points of the Rochester Americans in the AHL's North Division.
Conacher had seven consecutive multipoint games and matched his career high with a four-point night (two goals, two assists) in a 6-1 win Nov. 3 over Belleville. The Burlington, Ont., native had two game-winning goals, a goal and two assists in each end of a home-and-home sweep of Binghamton on Nov. 21 and 23 and the tying goal in the final second of regulation Nov. 9 at Rochester.
Conacher ranks second in the AHL with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in just 15 games, including a current 11-game scoring streak. Conacher was the AHL’s MVP and Rookie of the Year en route to winning a Calder Cup with Norfolk in 2011-12, and has totaled 101 goals and 154 assists for 255 points in 255 career regular-season AHL games.
The two-time AHL All-Star has also appeared in one NHL game with Tampa Bay this season, and has 28 goals and 46 assists for 74 points in 189 career NHL games. He scored eight goals in 36 games for the Lightning last season, and had three goals and three assists in 19 games for the Sabres in 2013-14.
Conacher played at Canisius from 2007-2011, and ended his career as the school's Division I-era leader in goals (62), assists (85) and points (147).