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Down on the Farm: Novak Putting Up Points

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
2006-07 RECORD: 2-8-0-1, 5 points

(2-2-0-0 home, 0-6-0-1 road), sixth place, North Division

Friday, Nov. 10 vs. Chicago (8-3-1-0), 17 points, tied-second place, West Division

Saturday, Nov. 11 vs. Omaha (8-2-1-0), 17 points, tied-second place, West Division

Friday, November 3: HAMILTON 5, Crunch 3

Saturday, November 5: HERSHEY 5, Crunch 0

COLUMBUS SHUFFLES PLATT: Center Geoff Platt experienced an interesting weekend of travel that began and ended in Syracuse and included another trip on the Syracuse/Columbus shuttle. Platt started the weekend by boarding the Crunch’s bus to Hamilton, Ontario, that night he recorded two goals in Syracuse’s 5-3 loss to the Bulldogs. Following that night’s contest rather than joining his teammates for a seven and a half hour bus trip to Hershey, Penn., Platt headed north to his home in Toronto, Ontario to spend the night after finding out he was recalled by Columbus. Saturday morning Platt took a flight to Detroit, Mich. to meet the Blue Jackets for a game that night against the Red Wings in which he was scoreless in 8:50 of ice time. Following that game Platt remained in Detroit while his Columbus teammates returned to Ohio. Sunday morning he was back on an airplane, traveling back to the Salt City.

In eight games with Syracuse this season, Platt has recorded six goals, four assists and 10 penalty minutes. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Platt was signed as a free agent by Columbus on Nov. 23, 2005.

Defenseman Filip Novak leads Crunch d-men in scoring with eight points in 11 games. After staring the season without a point in his first three games, Novak has recorded six points in his last eight games. Last season, Novak posted 52 points (8g, 44a) in 64 games with Binghamton. A native of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, Novak was signed as a free agent by Columbus on Aug. 9, 2006.

Syracuse hosts Chicago on Friday, Nov. 10 for the first of two regular season meetings. In 12 games this season, center Jason Krog has tallied an AHL-leading 25 points (9g, 16a). Goaltender Michael Garnett has appeared in nine games for the Wolves, posting a 5-3-0 record, a 2.98 goals against average and .897 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 3-5-0 against the Wolves.

OMAHA (CALGARY FLAMES): On Saturday, Nov. 11, Syracuse hosts Omaha for the second and final regular season meeting. Omaha leads the series after defeating Syracuse 2-0 on October 20 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Right wings Kris Chucko and Carsen Germyn lead the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in head-to-head scoring with one goal each. Goaltender Curtis McElhinney posted the victory for Omaha, posting 27 saves. Crunch goaltender Ty Conklin recorded 21 saves in the loss. Lifetime, Syracuse is 0-1-0 against Omaha.

CRUNCHABLES: Right wing Jaroslav Balastik tallied a goal in his first game with Syracuse on Friday, Nov. 3 against Hamilton… Left wing Mark Hartigan is three games short of 250 career AHL games… Defenseman Mark Flood has matched his point total from last season in three less games this year (6gp, 1g, 1a)… Defenseman Jamie Pushor is one game shy of 900 in his professional career.

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