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Crunch Report: October 6, 2009

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

2009-10 RECORD: 0-1-0-0, 0 points, (0-0-0-0 home, 0-1-0-0 road), seventh place, East Division

THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, October 9 @Binghamton (1-0-0-0, 2 points), first place, East Division

Saturday, October 10 vs. Adirondack (0-1-0-0), 0 points), fourth place, West Division


LAST WEEK’S RESULT

Saturday, October 3 - Crunch 2, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4

HOME TEAM IN CAPS


THE KILLER P'S:
Two players that the Crunch will rely heavily on for offense this season are right wing Pascal Pelletier and left wing Alexandre Picard. Both players recorded two points (1g, 1a) each in a 4-2 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night. The two wingers combined with center Derek MacKenzie on the first line to form Syracuse's most formidable offensive unit, combining for four points (2g, 2a) and nine shots on goal.

Pelletier, 26, is an established scorer in the AHL, notching 55 points (29g, 26a) in 71 games with Rockford last season and 75 points (37g, 38a) in 73 games with Providence in 2007-08. A native of Labrador City, Newfoundland, Pelletier was signed by Columbus as a free agent on July 6, 2009.

Picard, 23, came into his own down the stretch last season, racking up 20 goals over his final 22 regular season games and 32 points (22g, 10a) in 49 games with the Crunch overall last season. A native of Les Saules, Quebec, Picard was selected by Columbus in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

ROOKIE REGNER CHIPS IN: It usually takes rookie defensemen a lot of time to adjust to life in the AHL in their first professional season and even more time to contribute offensively. Crunch rookie blueliner Brent Regner doesn’t seem to subscribe to that theory, after he tallied two assists in his first professional game on Saturday night at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Regner's first professional point came on the power play at the 6:53 mark of the second period when his wrister from the point was tipped in by Pelletier. He also assisted on Syracuse's only other goal, picking up the secondary helper on Picard's goal with under seven minutes to go in the second.

Regner, 20, appeared in 70 games with Vancouver (WHL) last season, collecting 15 goals and 52 assists, good for second in scoring among defensemen in the league. A native of Westlock, Alberta, Regner was selected by Columbus in the fifth round, 137th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.


THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:

BINGHAMTON SENATORS (OTTAWA SENATORS):
The Crunch travel to Binghamton Friday night for the first of eight overall games and first of four contests against the B-Sens at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The Crunch went 2-3-2-1 in eight meetings against the Senators last year, with five of the games going to overtime and two to a shootout to decide the winner. The Crunch are 23-29-4 all-time against Binghamton. Right wing Maksim Mayorov tied for the Crunch lead in scoring against the B-Sens last year, totaling six points (2g, 4a), while the Senators' Mattias Karlsson paced Binghamton and all scorers in the season series with 10 assists.

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (PHILADELPHIA FLYERS): The Crunch finally open up their home schedule after two road games when they host the Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday night at the War Memorial at Oncenter. This will be the first time these teams face off against each other since the Phantoms relocated from Philadelphia to Glens Falls, NY in the off-season. These two clubs did not play each other last year, but the Crunch hold a 17-16-9 all-time record against the Adirondack franchise and have had recent success, going 5-0-0-1 against the Phantoms over the last five seasons.


UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

KARATE KID STAR RALPH MACCHIO TO APPEAR AT QUICKWAY OPENING NIGHT:
The Syracuse Crunch announced that Ralph Macchio, known mostly for his role as Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid series will appear at the Crunch's Quickway home opener on October 10.

Macchio, 47, had his career jump-started when he appeared as 'Jeremy' on the hit show Eight is Enough from 1980-81. That helped him land the role of the underdog character Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film The Karate Kid, which went on to become a box office smash and launch him into teen idol status in the 1980's.

An avid hockey fan, Macchio was chosen as the New York Islanders' 'celebrity captain' in a 1991 series of Pro Set hockey cards. He will be available to sign autographs during the first intermission in Memorial Hall.


CRUNCHABLES:

Chris Higgins, Brock McBride and Regner all appeared in their first professional games and first games as members of the Crunch Saturday… Jared Aulin, David Liffiton, Pelletier and Dylan Reese all skated in their first games as members of the Crunch… Regner picked up his first professional point and registered his first multi-point game as a professional with a two-assist effort… Alexandre Picard’s goal gives him 21 goals in his last 23 regular season games dating back to last season… Center Derek MacKenzie was named the 11th captain in Crunch history prior to Saturday’s game.

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