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Down on the Farm: Hartigan Sets Franchise Record

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

2005-06 RECORD: 27-16-2-1, 57 points

(14-5-1-0 home, 13-11-1-1 road), third place, North Division

Friday, Feb. 3 @ Cleveland (20-29-2-1), 43 points, sixth place, North Division
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Saturday, Feb. 4 @ Grand Rapids (33-12-1-3), 70 points, first place, North Division
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Friday, Jan. 27: ROCHESTER 5, Crunch 2
Saturday, Jan. 28: CRUNCH 5, Manitoba 3
Sunday, Jan. 29: Crunch 1, BRIDGEPORT 0 OT

Hartigan Sets Another Franchise Mark: C Mark Hartigan set his second franchise mark this season, tallying a point in 16 consecutive games (16g, 18a). He also holds the franchise mark of longest assist streak of 12 games, set Dec. 18, 2005 – Jan. 28, 2006.

He has two hat tricks on the season. He is one point shy of his 200th career AHL point. Hartigan continues to climb the Crunch’s all-time leaders list, moving into a fourth-place tie with Brad Moran with 13 game-winning goals. He is fourth with 153 points all-time, fourth with 29 power play goals, and fifth with 74 goals.

Through 32 games this season, Hartigan has a team high 48 points (20g, 28a). In 14 games with Columbus this season, Hartigan has recorded 1 goal and 12 penalty minutes. A native of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Hartigan was re-signed as a free agent by Columbus Aug. 22, 2005.

Coach Agnew Gets 200th Win: Crunch head coach Gary Agnew recorded his 200th career victory in Syracuse’s 1-0 overtime win over Bridgeport on Sunday, Jan. 29. In six seasons with the Crunch, Agnew has a 200-168-43(T)-30-5 record in 446 career AHL games. Agnew guided the Crunch to their first-ever division and regular season conference championships in 2001-02, setting franchise marks in wins (39) and points (96). His .526 career winning percentage, entering this season is tops in franchise history.

Defenseman Aaron Johnson Introduces ‘Johnny’s Juniors’ Program: The Syracuse Crunch announced on Monday that D Aaron Johnson has formed a new program called ‘Johnny’s Juniors’. Crunch defenseman Aaron Johnson developed this program to help bring a smile to the face of area children, allowing them to enjoy a professional hockey game.

Through the Johnny’s Juniors program, twenty (20) tickets to each Crunch home game beginning Saturday, January 14 will be donated to area non-profit organizations, in addition each child will receive a Crunch puck and autographed 8X10 photo of Aaron Johnson.
Due to the significant response and number of requests the Crunch has already received regarding this program, guidelines and criteria have been established as to how deserving organizations will be selected. These guidelines are in place to assure fairness, professionalism and to maximize the support the Crunch Foundation can provide the greater Syracuse community.

In keeping with the American Hockey League tradition of community involvement, the Syracuse Crunch have made a conscious effort to become an integral part of the Central New York community since the club’s commencement. To achieve this, the club established the Crunch Foundation in 1994 to serve the community and their fans as a grant-making public charity.

The mission of the Foundation states: “The Syracuse Crunch Foundation will utilize the unique talents of it’s professional athletes, coaches and staff to improve the quality of life throughout the community by dedicating time, resources, and financial support to organizations committed to meeting the educational, cultural, health and wellness needs of its citizens.”

Since the club’s beginning, the Syracuse Crunch have been committed to helping meet the needs of the community it represents as well as providing exceptional sports entertainment. The programs of the Crunch Foundation have touched thousands through the variety of educational projects, special events, and initiatives. The success of these programs are due to the cooperation of ownership, management, players and wives, front office staff and the generous contributions of the team’s partners. The Crunch is proud to be a part of Syracuse and Central New York and to be able to give something back to their community.

CLEVELAND (SAN JOSE SHARKS): Syracuse continues their five-game road trip in Cleveland on Friday, February 3 for the fifth of six regular season games against the Barons. Syracuse leads the series 3-1-0 after defeating Cleveland 6-3 in their previous meeting on January 21 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Right wing Joe Motzko (3g, 1a) and left wing Joakim Lindstrom (2g, 2a) lead all Crunch players in head-to-head scoring with four points. Center Josh Hennessy (1g, 3a) leads all Cleveland players with four points in head-to-head scoring. Goaltender Martin Prusek has a 2-0-0 record against Cleveland. Cleveland goaltender Jamie Holden has the lone victory for the Barons. Lifetime, the Crunch are 22-13-1 against the Barons.

The Griffins host the Crunch at Van Andel Arena on Saturday, February 4 for the fourth of six regular season games. Grand Rapids leads the series 3-0-0 after beating Syracuse 4-3 on December 18 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Center Eric Manlow (4g, 3a) leads all players in head-to-head scoring with seven points. Defensemen Aaron Johnson (4a) and Andy Delmore (4a) lead the Crunch in head-to-head scoring with four points. Goaltender Andrew Penner appeared in one game for Syracuse, stopping 35 shots. Grand Rapids has had three different goaltenders between the pipes. Lifetime, the Crunch are 1-6-0 against the Griffins.

CRUNCHABLES: Center Peter Sarno recorded his 300th career AHL point, an assist, on Sunday against Bridgeport… Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen appeared in his 100th career AHL game… Defenseman Aaron Johnson matched his career-high point total (23) with an assist on Sunday. On Friday, Johnson surpassed his career high assist total (17) against Rochester… Syracuse has four regulation losses each month this season.

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