(18-5-2-1 home, 18-13-2-1 road), second place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
Friday, March 3 vs. Hershey (34-16-2-8), 78 points, second place, East Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com)
Saturday, March 4 vs. Binghamton (23-29-3-3), 52 points, sixth place, East Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com) *Radio station subject to change.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Wednesday, Feb. 22: CRUNCH 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3
Friday, Feb. 24 Hamilton 6, CRUNCH 5 OT
Saturday, Feb. 25 Grand Rapids 5, CRUNCH 4 SOL
Sunday, Feb. 19 ALBANY 5, Crunch 4 OT
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
CRUNCH EARN POINTS IN ELEVEN STRAIGHT: With their 5-4 overtime loss to Albany on Sunday, February 26, Syracuse extended their point streak to a franchise record 11 consecutive games. During the streak, Syracuse has posted an 8-0-2-1 record.
HARTIGAN’S STREAK CONTINUES: Center Mark Hartigan kept his goal-streak alive tallying in each of the Crunch’s four games this week. He has now recorded a goal in his last eleven games, a franchise record. It’s the longest streak in the AHL since Brad Smyth’s 12-game run in 1995-96 and just three shy of the all-time league record of 14 set by Brett Hull in 1986-87.
SZWEZ REASSIGNED TO DAYTON: The Syracuse Crunch announced today that they have reassigned right wing Jeff Szwez to Dayton (ECHL). In 15 games with Syracuse, Szwez has tallied four goals, four assists and 18 penalty minutes. A native of Etobicoke, Ontario Szwez has recorded 22 goals, 21 assists and 74 penalty minutes in 41 games with Dayton.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
HERSHEY (COLORADO AVALANCHE): Syracuse hosts Hershey on Friday, March 3 for the second and final of two regular season games. The Crunch lead the series 1-0-0 after beating the Bears in a shootout 5-4 at Giant Center on December 3. Center Joey Tenute (3a) and left wing Tomas Fleischmann (1g, 2a) lead all players in head-to-head scoring with three points. Crunch left wing Joakim Lindstrom (2g) leads the Crunch in head-to-head scoring with two points. Goaltender Andrew Penner recorded 36 saves. Bears goaltender Frederick Cassivi recorded 19 saves in the shootout loss. Lifetime, the Crunch are 25-32-12 against the Bears.
BINGHAMTON (OTTAWA SENATORS): On Saturday, March 4 Syracuse hosts Binghamton for the seventh of eight regular season games against the Senators. Syracuse leads the series 4-2-0 after defeating Binghamton 5-2 on February 19 at Broome County Arena. Center Mark Hartigan (3g, 8a) leads all players in head-to-head scoring with 11 points. Right wing Jeff Heerema (6a) leads all Senators players in head-to-head scoring with six points. Goaltender Mike Ayes has appeared in four games for Syracuse with a 3-1-0 record. Binghamton goaltender Billy Thompson has a 1-3-0 record against Syracuse. Lifetime, the Crunch are 12-16-2 against the Senators.
CRUNCHABLES: Defenseman Andy Delmore is seven points shy of tying Chris O’Sullivan (1999-00) and Radim Bicanek (2000-02) for most points by a defenseman in a season (65). He is also three assists shy of tying O’Sullivan for most assists in a season by a defenseman (47)… Right wing Tyler Kolarik’s goal on Sunday was his first short-handed tally of the season… Syracuse is two power play goals shy of tying the franchise mark of 91 set in 1998-99.