2006-07 RECORD: 14-23-1-5, 34 points (6-11-1-2 home, 8-12-0-3 road), sixth place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Wednesday, January 24 @ Albany (20-20-2-1), 43 points, fourth place, East Division
Friday, January 26 vs. Manitoba (22-14-5-4), 53 points, second place, North Division
Monday, January 27 vs. San Antonio (17-24-1-2), 37 points, seventh place, West Division
LAST WEEK’S RESULT
Wednesday, January 17 - WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 2, Crunch 0
Friday, January 19 - CRUNCH 6, Albany 2
Saturday, January 20 - Binghamton 5, CRUNCH 4 (SOL)
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
HARTIGAN SETS FRANCHISE MARK: Left wing Mark Hartigan became the Crunch’s all-time leading scorer, scoring his 104th, 105th and 106th goals on Friday night against Albany. On Saturday, he scored his 107th against Binghamton. Hartigan replaces Lonny Bohonos, who had tallied 104 goals in 199 games with Syracuse, as the franchise’s most prolific goal scorer. His hat trick against Albany was his fifth with Syracuse (twice against Albany, twice against Hamilton and once against St. John’s), including one four-goal game against Albany on January 3, 2004.
Hartigan is currently in the top ten in six of the Crunch’s all-time leaders’ categories, placing first with 107 goals, 47 power play goals and 18 game-winning goals, third with 212 points, fifth with 104 assists and eighth with 220 games played. In 275 career AHL games with Chicago and Syracuse, Hartigan has tallied 122 goals, 135 assists and 331 penalty minutes. The Fort St. John, British Columbia native has also recorded 16 goals, 10 assists and 38 penalty minutes in 73 career NHL games with Atlanta and Columbus.
FARYNUK RETURNED TO DAYTON: The Syracuse Crunch announced today that they have returned on loan defenseman Brad Farynuk to Dayton (ECHL).
Farynuk, 25, has appeared in five games with Syracuse this season, recording two penalty minutes. In 26 games with Dayton this season, Farynuk has registered 1 goal, 10 assists and 23 penalty minutes. A native of Enderby, British Columbia, Farynuk was signed by Syracuse this off-season.
MOTZKO NET FIRST: Right wing scored his first NHL goal on January 16 against Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin, in the Blue Jackets 5-4 overtime victory. Before joining the Crunch on January 20, the Bemidji, Minnesota native had a seven game stint with the Blue Jackets. Prior to his recall on January 2 he had tallied 10 points in six of seven games (4g, 6a). Upon his return, Motzko picked up where he left off, tallying his 12th goal of the season in the Crunch’s 5-4 shootout loss to Binghamton.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
ALBANY (CAROLINA HURRICANES/COLORADA AVALANCHE): The Crunch visit the River Rats on Wednesday, January 24 for the fourth of eighth regular season meetings. The Crunch are 2-0-0-1, after defeating the River Rats 6-2 on January 19 in Syracuse. Center Mark Hartigan leads all players in head-to-head scoring with six points (5g, 1a). Defenseman Johnny Boychuk leads all River Rats players with three points (3g) in head-to-head scoring. Goaltender Tomas Popperle has appeared in two games for Syracuse, posting a 1-1-0 record, a 2.82 goals against average and .902 save percentage. Tyler Weiman has appeared in net all three games for Albany, posting a 1-2-0 record, a 4.30 goals against average and .884 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 44-37-9 against the River Rats.
MANITOBA (VANCOUVER CANUCKS): On Friday, January 26, the Manitoba Moose visit the War Memorial at Oncenter for the fourth of eight regular season meetings. The Crunch are 1-2-0, after losing to Manitoba 4-3 on December 31 at the MTS Centre. Former Crunch center Brad Moran leads all players with six points (1g, 5a). Left wing Mark Hartigan leads all Crunch players with four points (3g, 1a) in head-to-head scoring. Dan LaCosta posted the Crunch’s victory, recording 28 saves in a 5-4 overtime win on December 30 in Manitoba. Wad Flaherty has appeared in net twice for Manitoba, posting a 1-1-0 record, a 3.24 goals against average and a .853 save percentage. Lifetime, Syracuse is 7-7-1 against Manitoba.
SAN ANTONIO (PHOENIX COYOTES): Syracuse hosts San Antonio on Saturday, January 27 for the second and final regular season meeting. The Crunch are 0-0-0-1, after losing 3-2 in a shootout on January 4 in San Antonio. Centers Tyler Redenbach (1g, 1a) and Jeff Taffe (2a) lead all players in head-to-head scoring with two points each. Several Crunch players have one point each in head-to-head scoring. Josh Tordjman recorded 26 saves in the Rampages wins. Tomas Popperle recorded 18 saves in the loss. Lifetime, the Crunch are 2-2-1 against the Rampage.
CRUNCHABLES: Left wing Joakim Lindstrom is one game shy of 100 in a Crunch uniform… Defenseman Derrick Walser is tenth on the Crunch’s all-time points list with 133… Right wing Joe Motzko is fourth with 203 points on the Crunch’s all-time list… Goaltender Dan LaCosta appeared in his first career AHL shootout on Saturday night, allowing three goals on seven shots in Binghamton’s 5-4 victory.