(20-7-2-1 home, 19-14-2-1 road), second place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
Friday, Mar. 17 vs. Albany (23-36-3-2), 51 points, seventh place, Atlantic Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks(www.syracusecrunch.com) Saturday, Mar.18 vs. Peoria (37-22-2-4), 80 points, third place, West Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com) *Radio station subject to change.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Wednesday, Mar. 8: Crunch 5, WILKES-BARRE 0
Friday, Mar. 10: CRUNCH 5, Rochester 2
Saturday, Mar. 11: CRUNCH 4, Toronto 2
Sunday, Mar.12: ROCHESTER 5, Crunch 2
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
PLAYOFF PUSH: The Syracuse Crunch enter this week looking to gain home ice advantage in the division semifinals of Calder Cup Playoffs. The Grand Rapids Griffins have clinched a playoff spot. Currently the Griffins have 14 games (7 home, 7 road) remaining, 11 of which are against division rivals (Cleveland -3, Manitoba – 3, Rochester – 3, Syracuse – 1 and Toronto 1. The second place Crunch have 14 games remaining (10 home, 4 road) as well with 10 games versus their division (Rochester – 4, Hamilton – 2, Toronto – 2, Manitoba – 1 and Grand Rapids – 1). Manitoba is holding down the number three spot with 15 games (10 home, 5 road) remaining, facing the North division in 11 of those 15 games (Grand Rapids – 3, Toronto – 3, Cleveland – 2, Hamilton – 1, Rochester – 1 and Syracuse – 1). Toronto is currently in the final playoff position with 16 games (10 home, 6 road) left in the regular season with 12 divisional games (Hamilton – 3, Manitoba – 3, Cleveland – 2, Syracuse – 2, Grand Rapids – 1 and Rochester – 1). Rochester has 15 games remaining (10 home, 5 road), 11 of them against division rivals (Syracuse – 4, Grand Rapids – 3, Cleveland – 1, Hamilton – 1, Manitoba – 1 and Toronto – 1). Hamilton has 12 regular season games (6 home, 6 road) remaining. The Bulldogs will face the North Division nine times (Toronto – 3, Cleveland – 2, Syracuse - 2, Manitoba – 1 and Toronto – 1). Cleveland also has 12 games remaining (6 home, 6 road). The Barons meet their division rivals in 10 times (Grand Rapids – 3, Hamilton – 2, Manitoba – 2, Toronto – 2 and Rochester – 1).
ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION: The Syracuse Crunch announced they will wear their green St. Patrick’s Day jerseys on Friday, Mar. 17 against the Albany River Rats. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day jerseys are white, with green and gold trim, and features a shamrock behind the Crunch’s crest. The St. Patrick’s Day jersey will be available as part of the Crunch’s game-worn jersey auction, which will begin that night.
CRUNCH GAME-WORN JERSEY AUCTION: The Syracuse Crunch announced that their 2005-06 game-worn jersey auction will begin on Friday, Mar. 17 when Syracuse hosts Albany.
Available for the auction this year are the teams’ home jerseys (white color), road jerseys (blue color), third jerseys (red color), theme jerseys, St. Patrick’s Day jerseys and warm-up jerseys. All of the available Crunch jerseys can be viewed on the Crunch’s official website (www.syracusecrunch.com) beginning Friday, March 17
Fans can bid on Syracuse’s 2005-06 game-worn jerseys at remaining Crunch home games or on the Crunch’s official website www.syracusecrunch.com/shop/jersey_auction_new.cfm.
Bids must be made in $20 increments (for example - if current bid is $500, bids of $520, $540, $560, etc... will be accepted).
Winners are responsible for shipping and handling costs. Jerseys are not autographed.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
ALBANY (NEW JERSEY DEVILS): Syracuse hosts Albany on Friday, Mar. 17 for the fourth and final regular season game. The River Rats lead the series 2-1-0, after beating Syracuse 5-4 in overtime on Feb. 26 at Pepsi Arena. Right wing Barry Tallackson (4g, 1a) leads all players in head-to-head scoring with five points. Crunch defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (3a), center Peter Sarno (3a) and right wing Joe Motzko (1g, 2a) lead the Crunch in head-to-head scoring with three points. Goaltender Martin Prusek recorded 27 saves in the Crunch win. River Rats goaltender Frank Doyle has posted a 2-0-0 record. Lifetime, the Crunch are 39-37-9 against the River Rats.
PEORIA (ST. LOUIS BLUES): On Saturday, Mar. 18 Syracuse hosts Peoria for the second and final regular season game. Peoria leads the series 1-0-0 after shutting out Syracuse 1-0 on Feb. 7 at Carver Arena. Right wing Brendan Brooks scored the only goal of the games. Goaltender Andrew Penner recorded 28 saves in the loss. Peoria goaltender Reinhard Divis posted 24 saves in the win. Lifetime, the Crunch are 1-0-0 against the Rivermen.
CRUNCHABLES: Syracuse is two wins short of tying the home wins record of 22 (2001-02)… Defenseman Andy Delmore is within two assists of Chris O’Sullivan (1999-00) for most assists by a defenseman at 47. He is also five points short of tying O’Sullivan and Radim Bicanek (2000-01) for most points by a defenseman (65)… With Syracuse’s win on Friday, Mar. 10 over Rochester, the Crunch’s next win will set a new mark for most wins in a season (39), set in 2001-02… Syracuse’s 18 shots against Rochester on Sunday were the fewest by the Crunch this season… Syracuse’s power play unit was only 2-for-25 this weekend, including being held scoreless on the power play in two of the teams’ four games.