Well, nobody expected the Crunch to win 16 in a row during the playoffs and extend their streak to 31 straight, but it would’ve been nice to add one more win at home. The loss on Saturday night, in overtime, was heartbreaking and gave the Crunch a taste of what the Moose went through the night before. Now Manitoba feels confident because they have home ice advantage in a best of five series. They should note that the Crunch also feels confident about their chances on the road. The road record in the regular season was just over .500 – the team won the majority of its games away from home in the second half of the season.
Sunday was a travel day. The team left Syracuse, on a bus, and traveled 3 ½ hours to Hamilton, Ontario. From there, it was a 2 ½ flight to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The mood was good and the guys were having fun hanging out together, as usual. The highlight of the day, for some guys, was meeting Fred Penner. He’s not the father of former Crunch goaltender Andrew Penner, but rather a children’s television show host who could be called Canada’s version of Mr. Rogers. He was on our flight and some of the players approached him at the baggage carousel. He was happy to sign some autographs. It’s kind of fun to see people who are always giving out there autograph eagerly awaiting one from someone else.
The schedule for the week is Game 3 on Tuesday, Game 4 on Friday and Game 5 on Saturday. You can listen to the games online, at sportsradio620.com or watch them on the B2 Network. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. ET for all three games.