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Crunch to Open 15th Anniversary Season

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

2007-08 RECORD: 46-26-2-6, 100 points, (27-9-1-3 home, 19-17-1-3 road), second place, North Division



Friday, October 10 @ Rochester (0-0-0-0, 0 points), North Division

Saturday, October 11 vs. Rochester (0-0-0-0, 0 points), North Division



Thursday, October 2 - CRUNCH 2, Rochester 1

Friday, October 3 - Binghamton 2, CRUNCH 1

Saturday, October 4 - Crunch 2, BINGHAMTON 0



CRUNCH TO OPEN 15TH ANNIVERSASRY SEASON: The Syracuse Crunch are celebrating a milestone this year as they head into the club's 15th anniversary season.

The celebration could not be more appropriate and the anticipation is high, considering the record-setting year the team had last season. The Crunch went 46-26-2-6 last season, good for 100 points, the second highest total in team history. They gained at least a point in 23 of the final 24 games and entered the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs as the hottest team in the AHL, winning a franchise-record 15 straight regular season games to close out the regular season.

Since the Crunch entered the AHL in 1994, 26 teams have either relocated or folded. With the support of Central New York Fans, Syracuse has been a model franchise for success and longevity.

When the Crunch came to town in 1994, it had been 14 years since the last professional hockey game was played in Syracuse and fans embraced the new team. The 1994-95 season saw the Crunch set a season attendance mark of 237,940, still the best single-season mark in team history. The first Crunch home game was played on September 30, 1994, as 6,750 people squeezed themselves into the War Memorial to see history being made.

Since that point, the club has put together a record of 480-471-96-52 and made the playoffs in nine out of 14 years. Since affiliating with the Columbus Blue Jackets starting in the 2000-01 season, the club has posted a 300-237-45-43 record.


RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN: From October 22, 2004 to November 27, 2004, the Philadelphia Phantoms put together quite an impressive streak. The team won 17 consecutive games. Today, that is still an AHL record. At the end of last season, the Syracuse Crunch came pretty close to matching that mark, but ran out of games. The Crunch won their final 15 regular season games. That streak catapulted them to a second place finish in the North Division, which gave them home-ice advantage in their first-round series vs. Manitoba, which they won four games to two.

Syracuse will have a chance to match that record this weekend, as they open up their season with a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday vs. Rochester.



ROCHESTER AMERICANS (FLORIDA PANTHERS): The Crunch travel to Rochester on Friday and open their home schedule on Saturday for the first and second of twelve meetings between these two clubs this season. The Crunch went 10-2-0-0 against the Amerks last year and have won 10 straight games against their I-90 rivals. Derick Brassard led the attack against Rochester last year with 13 points (5g, 8a), in 10 games. Dan LaCosta went 4-1-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .942 save percentage against the Amerks last season. Anthony Stewart (4g, 2a), and Marek Zagrapan (1g, 5a) led the way for Rochester in scoring in the season series.


Syracuse finished up the preseason with a 2-1 record… Kirill Starkov led the team in scoring during the preseason with 3 points (2g, 1a), in 3 games…During the preseason, Crunch goaltenders combined for a 1.33 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.

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