Former Royal Jacob Gaucher gets two points in Phantoms’ Calder Cup Playoff Run

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Former Reading Royals forward Jacob Gaucher and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms concluded their 2024 Calder Cup Playoff run on Saturday, May 11, after a 5-3 loss to the Hershey Bears in game four of the Atlantic Division Semifinals at the PPL Center. The Bears took the best-of-five series from three games to one. Gaucher recorded two points (1g-1a), a -2 rating and 10 shots on goal during Lehigh Valley’s six Calder Cup Playoff games.

“(Gaucher) was great. I love Gauch,” said head coach Ian Laperriere. “At the beginning of the year I didn’t know where to play him. We had so many young guys playing for him, but he stuck with us, he stuck with it, he stuck with me, and he was rewarded. … He has a bright future. Smart guy and picks up everything pretty quickly. It’s a great year for him. I’m proud of him.”

Under an AHL contract with the Phantoms, the 23-year-old forward recorded an assist in the series-deciding game four against Hershey on May 11. Gaucher earned his first of two Calder Cup Playoff career points with an overtime series goal in game two of the Atlantic Division First Round best-of-three series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday, April 26 at the PPL Center .

“To be honest, I kind of blacked out at the end,” Gaucher said. “I tried to play my role as best I could, both defensively and on face-offs, and it feels really good to score the goal.”

The 6’3″, 185 pound, right shot forward scored 16 points (8g-8a) in 59 regular season games with the Phantoms this season. Gaucher played his entire rookie season with Reading in 2022-2023. With the Royals last season, the Longueuil, Quebec native finished second on the team in assists (39) and third in points (61) in 71 regular season games. He added six goals and 12 points in 11 Kelly Cup Playoff games for the Royals.