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Down on the Farm: Delmore On Verge of Franchise Mark

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
January 9, 2006

2005-06 RECORD: 21-13-2-1, 45 points (10-4-1-0 home, 11-9-1-1 road),
third place, North Division

Friday, Jan. 13 @ Hamilton (16-23-0-2), 34 points,
seventh place, North Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (

Saturday, Jan. 14 vs. Springfield (14-17-2-4), 34 points,
fifth place, Atlantic Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (

Monday, Jan. 16 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (29-4-2-1), 61 points,
first place, East Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (

*Radio station subject to change.

Wednesday, Jan. 4: HARTFORD 6, Crunch 4

Friday, Jan. 6: Crunch 4, ALBANY 2

Saturday, Jan.7: Crunch 5, SPRINGFIELD 4 SO

DELMORE ONE AWAY FROM FRANCHISE MARK: Defenseman Andy Delmore enters this week on a 13-game point streak, one game shy of tying Lonny Bohonos’ franchise mark for most consecutive games with a point at 14. Bohonos’ streak was from January 13 – February 17, 1996 (15 goals, 8 assists). A native of Windsor, Ontario, Delmore is tops in the AHL among defensemen with 35 points and 29 assists. Both totals also lead the Crunch. Claimed off of waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets from the Detroit Red Wings on October 4, 2005, Delmore has split the season between Syracuse and Columbus, appearing in 28 games with the Crunch (6g, 29a) and 5 games with the Blue Jackets (2 penalty minutes). Delmore has appeared in 281 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Nashville, Buffalo and Columbus, recording 43 goals and 58 assists. He lead all NHL defensemen in power play goals (14) and tied for the league lead among defensemen in goals (18) during the 2002-03 season. In 222 career AHL games with Fredericton, Philadelphia, Rochester and Syracuse, Delmore has 126 points (32g, 94a).

QUITE THE MOVES: Through 37 games this season, Syracuse has dressed 43 different players, while Columbus is closing in at 40 different players. Eighteen players have dressed for both Columbus and Syracuse this season (Jaroslav Balastik, Andy Delmore, Dan Fritsche, Steven Goertzen, Mark Hartigan, Aaron Johnson, Pascal Leclaire, Joe Motzko, Andrew Penner, Alexandre Picard, Geoff Platt, Martin Prusek, Jamie Pushor, Mike Rupp, Peter Sarno, Ben Simon, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Nikolai Zherdev.)

CRUNCH ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES: The Syracuse Crunch announced today that the Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned defenseman Jamie Pushor and centers Peter Sarno and Ben Simon to Syracuse. The Crunch also announced that the Blue Jackets have reassigned right wing Tim Konsorada to Dayton (ECHL). In addition, Syracuse has reassigned center Brian Gornick to Dayton and have release defenseman Ryan Glenn from his professional try-out contract.

Pushor, 32, appeared in one game with the Blue Jackets, notching an assist. He has recorded 2 goals, 9 assists in 33 AHL games with Syracuse this season. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Pushor was signed as a free agent by Columbus on October 7, 2005.

Sarno, 26, appeared in one game with the Blue Jackets without recording a point. He ranked sixth in the AHL in points and second in assists last season with 16 goals, 66 assists in 80 games. Sarno has 9 goals, 6 assists in 13 games for Syracuse this season. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Sarno was signed as a free agent by Columbus on August 19, 2005.

Simon, 27, has appeared in five games with Columbus this season without recording a point. Simon has appeared in 31 games with Syracuse this season, recording 10 goals, 10 assists and 24 penalty minutes. In 245 career AHL games with Chicago, Milwaukee and Syracuse, Simon has tallied 48 goals, 63 assists and 222 penalty minutes. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Simon was signed as a free agent by Columbus on August 11, 2005.

Konsorada, 21, has appeared in 13 games with Syracuse this season, recording three goals, two assists and seven penalty minutes. In 18 games with Dayton this season, Konsorada has tallied 6 goals, 14 assists and 2 penalty minutes. A native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Konsorada was selected by Columbus in the sixth round, 168th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.

Gornick, 25, has appeared in seven games with Syracuse this season, tallying one goal and two penalty minutes. In 23 games with Dayton this season, Gornick has recorded 10 goals, 16 assists and 23 penalty minutes. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Gornick was signed by Syracuse on August 24, 2005.

Glenn, 25, appeared in three games while with Syracuse, recording eight penalty minutes. A native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Glenn has also split time with Milwaukee (3gp, 2 PIM’s) and the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers (22gp, 7a, 16 PIM’s) this season.


HAMILTON (MONTREAL CANADIENS): Syracuse concludes their five-game road trip in Hamilton on Friday, January 13 for the fifth of eight regular season games against the Bulldogs. Syracuse leads the series 2-1-1 after defeating Hamilton in their previous meeting 4-2 on December 27 at Copps Coliseum. Center Geoff Platt leads all players in head-to-head scoring with five points (2g, 3a). Left wing Jean-Francois Jacques (3g, 1a), right wing Andrei Kostitsyn (3g, 1a) and center Maxim Lapierre (4a) lead all Bulldogs players with four points in head-to-head scoring. Goaltender Andrew Penner (1-1-1) has appeared in three games in net for Syracuse, while Hamilton has started a different goaltender each game. Lifetime, the Crunch are 26-30-12 against the Bulldogs.

SPRINGFIELD (TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING): Syracuse returns to the War Memorial at Oncenter on Saturday, January 14 for the second and final of two regular season games. Syracuse leads the series 1-0-0 after beating Springfield 5-4 in a shootout on January 7 at the MassMutual Center. Center Mark Hartigan leads all Crunch players in head-to-head scoring with three points (2g, 1a). Right wing Jim Campbell leads all River Rats players in head-to-head scoring with three points (1g, 2a). Goaltender Martin Prusek posted the win for Syracuse, stopping 22 shots. Springfield goaltender Gerald Coleman recorded 29 saves in the loss. Lifetime, the Crunch are 7-13-5 against the Falcons.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (PITTSBURGH PENGUINS): Syracuse hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday, January 16 for the fourth of eight regular season meetings. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the series 2-1 after defeating Syracuse 2-1 on December 16 at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. Penguins center Matt Hussey leads all players with five points (2g, 3a). Center Ben Simon leads all Crunch players in head-to-head scoring with three points (3a). Goaltender Andrew Penner is 1-1-0 against the Penguins. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has posted both wins for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Lifetime, Syracuse is 30-20-7 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

CRUNCHABLES: Center Mark Hartigan extended his assist streak to seven games (10a) on Saturday night, the longest by a Crunch player this season… Since returning from injury on December 31, Prusek has posted a 2-2-0 record, including a 2-1-0 record in all three games he appeared in this week.

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