Nov. 28, 2006
2006-07 RECORD: 4-14-0-1, 9 points
(2-7-0-0 home, 2-7-0-1 road), sixth place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 29 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
(15-3-1-1), 32 points, first place, East Division
Friday, Dec. 1 @ Binghamton
(6-12-0-2), 14 points, seventh place, East Division
Saturday, Dec. 2 @ Toronto
(7-10-2-1), 17 points, fifth place, North Division
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Iowa 3, CRUNCH 2
Friday, Nov. 24: Toronto 2, CRUNCH 1
Saturday, Nov. 25: TORONTO 5, Crunch 3
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
CRUNCH SHUFFLES ROSTER: The Syracuse Crunch announced that the Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Alexandre Picard and defenseman Filip Novak. The team also announced that they have recalled center Trevor Frischmon and defenseman Jekabs Redlihs from Dayton (ECHL) and reassigned right wing Brent Walton to Dayton.
Picard, 21, has scored five goals, four assists and 22 penalty minutes in 19 games with Syracuse and has appeared in two games with Columbus this season. He joined the Crunch after ranking second on the Blue Jackets in scoring during the preseason with 3 goals and 2assists in five games. He has collected 14 penalty minutes in 18 games with Columbus in 2005-06. He also tallied 15 goals, 15 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 45 AHL games with Syracuse during his rookie season
Novak, 24, has tallied 1 goal, 11 assists and 41 penalty minutes in 19 games with the Crunch this season and is among the AHL's top scoring defensemen. The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, native was the New York Rangers' first pick, 64th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 11 career NHL games, collecting four penalty minutes with the Ottawa Senators in 2005-06. He has 20 goals, 84 assists and 264 penalty minutes 212 career AHL games.
Frischmon, 25, has appeared in 11 games with Dayton this season, recording two goals, three assists and six penalty minutes. In 160 games with Colorado College (Western Collegiate Hockey Association), Frischmon tallied 30 goals, 36 assists and 121 penalty minutes.
Redlihs, 24, has appeared in seven games with Dayton, tallying one assist and four penalty minutes. He appeared in four games with the Crunch last season, recording six penalty minutes. In 130 games with Boston University (Hockey East), Redlihs registered 8 goals, 21 assists and 131 penalty minutes. A native of Riga, Latvia, Redlihs was selected by Columbus in the fourth round, 119th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.
Walton, 23, has appeared in six games with Syracuse this season, without tallying a point. In four games with Dayton earlier this season, Walton tallied two goals and six penalty minutes. In 154 games with Western Michigan University (Central Collegiate Hockey Association), Walton registered 71 goals, 84 assists and 76 penalty minutes.
HARTIGAN CLIMBS ALL-TIME LIST: Left wing Mark Hartigan tallied three goals this past week for Syracuse, two power play goals and one even strength goal. Hartigan’s two power play goals moved him into sole possession of first place on the Crunch’s all-time power play list with 40, breaking the previous mark of 38 held by Brad Moran. He is also first all-time with 17 game-winning goals, third with 192 points, third with 94 goals and fifth with 98 assists. In 13 games with Syracuse this season, Hartigan has tallied 6 goals, 6 assists and 18 penalty minutes. A native of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Hartigan was signed as a free agent by Columbus on July 16, 2003.
SPECIAL TEAMS KEY TO SCORING: Through 19 games this season, the Crunch have scored 43 goals, with 58% (25 of 43) of them being scored by power play or short-handed units. To date Syracuse has scored 20 power play goals and 5 short-handed goals. Center Geoff Platt leads the Crunch with six power play goals and is tied with right wing Joe Motzko for the club lead with two short-handed tallies. In the Crunch’s games this past week, five of Syracuse’s six goals came by way of their special teams’ units (four power play goals and one short-handed goal).
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (PITTSBURGH PENGUINS): Syracuse travels to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, November 29 for the second of eight regular season meetings. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton leads the series 1-0-0-0 after defeating Syracuse 6-1 on October 13 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Several Penguins players have three points each in head-to-head scoring. Several Crunch players have one point each in head-to-head scoring. Penguins goaltender Jeff Deslauriers posted the victory, recording 30 saves. Crunch goaltender Ty Conklin was credited with the loss, making 39 saves. Lifetime, the Crunch are 33-23-7 against the Penguins.
BINGHAMTON (OTTAWA SENATORS): Syracuse then travels to Binghamton on Friday, December 1 for the third of eight regular season meetings between the two teams. The series is tied at one game each, after Syracuse defeated Binghamton 5-1 on October 28 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Several Crunch players have three points a piece in head-to-head scoring. Left wing Arttu Luttinen has three points (1g, 2a) for the Senators in head-to-head scoring. Crunch goaltender Tomas Popperle recorded 27 saves in the win for Syracuse. Senators goaltender Kelly Guard posted 25 saves in Binghamton’s win earlier in the season. Lifetime, Syracuse is 14-18-2 against Binghamton.
TORONTO (TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS): The Crunch conclude the week at the Marlies on Saturday, December 2 for the fourth of eight regular season meetings between the clubs. Toronto leads the series 3-0-0-0, after they defeated Syracuse 5-3 on November 25 at Ricoh Coliseum. Several Marlies players have four points a piece in head-to-head scoring. Several Crunch players have two points each in head-to-head scoring. Marlies goaltender Jean-Francois Racine has posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals against average and .945 save percentage. Crunch goaltender Ty Conklin has posted a 0-2-0 record, 3.55 goals against average and .920 save percentage. Lifetime, Syracuse is 4-7-0 against Toronto.
CRUNCHABLES: Goaltender Ty Conklin faced 44 shots on Friday night against Toronto and 43 shots on Saturday night against Toronto for a combined 87 shots in the two games his appeared in net for Syracuse.