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Down on the Farm: Syracuse Plays Four This Week

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
2005-06 RECORD: 28-17-2-1, 59 points

(14-5-1-0 home, 14-12-1-1 road), third place, North Division

Tuesday, Feb. 7
@ Peoria (26-18-1-2), 55 points, third place, West Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (
Wednesday, Feb. 8 @ Chicago (17-21-2-6), 42 points, sixth place, West Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (
Friday, Feb. 10 vs. Binghamton (18-25-2-2), 40 points, seventh place, East Division Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (
Saturday, Feb. 11 vs. Rochester (25-21-1-1), 52 points, fifth place, North Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks ( *Radio station subject to change.

Friday, Feb. 3 Crunch 4,CLEVELAND 3
Saturday, Feb.4 GRAND RAPIDS 7, Crunch 1

HARTIGAN EXTENDS STREAK: With his goal, Saturday night against Grand Rapids, center Mark Hartigan extended his point streak to 18 games, an American Hockey League high this season. During that stretch he has tallied 17 goals and 18 assists. This season he has set franchise marks for longest point streak and longest assist streak (12 games), set Dec. 18, 2005 – Jan. 28, 2006. He has two hat tricks on the season. Hartigan continues to climb the Crunch’s all-time leaders list, moving into a third-place tie with Brad Moran with 13 game-winning goals. He is fourth with 155 points all-time, fourth with 29 power play goals, and fifth with 75 goals. Through 34 games this season, Hartigan has a team-high 50 points (21g, 29a). 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.

LINDSTROM SIGNS NHL PACT: Syracuse left wing Joakim Lindstrom continued his consistent play this weekend. Since Nov.19 (20 games), Lindstrom has been an even or plus in each game, boasting a +14. During those 20 games Lindstrom has also registered 16 points (6g, 10a). A native of Skelleftea, Sweden, Lindstrom was rewarded on Feb.3, when he signed a NHL contract with Columbus.

PEORIA (ST. LOUIS BLUES): Syracuse travels to Peoria on Tuesday, Feb. 7 for the first of two regular season games against the Rivermen. Trent Whitfield leads all Peoria players with 43 points (15g, 28a). Goaltender Reinhard Divis has a 6-6-1 record, a 3.08 goals against average and .890 save percentage. The game is the first-ever meeting between the clubs.

CHICAGO (ATLANTA THRASHERS): Syracuse concludes its five-game road trip in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 8 for the second and final regular season game against the Wolves. Syracuse defeated Chicago 5-1 in their previous meeting on Nov. 11 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Center Geoff Platt (2g, 1a) leads all players in head-to-head scoring with three points. Left wing Karl Stewart (1a), center Jared Ross (1a) and right wing Scott Barney (1a) each have one point. Goaltender Mike Ayers recorded 31 saves in the win. Chicago goaltender Michael Garnett was credited with the loss, recording 25 saves. Lifetime, the Crunch are 2-5-0 against the Wolves.

BINGHAMTON (OTTAWA SENATORS): Syracuse returns home on Friday, Feb. 10 to host Binghamton for the fourth of eight regular season games. Binghamton leads the series 2-1-0 after beating Syracuse 4-1 on Dec.31 at Broome County Arena. Senators center Charlie Stephens (2g, 3a) leads all players in head-to-head scoring with five points. Center Mark Hartigan (4a) leads the Crunch in head-to-head scoring with four points. Goaltender Mike Ayers has a 1-1-0 record against Binghamton. Binghamton goaltender Billy Thompson has a 1-1-0 record. Lifetime, the Crunch are 9-16-2 against the Senators.

ROCHESTER (BUFFALO SABRES/FLORIDA PANTHERS): On Saturday, Feb. 11 the Crunch hosts Rochester for the sixth of 12 regular season games. Syracuse leads the series 3-2-0 despite losing to the Amerks 5-2 on Jan. 27 at the Blue Cross Arena. Amerks defenseman Nathan Paetsch (1g, 5a) and center Jiri Novotny (2g, 4a) lead all players in head-to-head scoring with six points. Centers Mark Hartigan (1g, 4a) and Geoff Platt (4g, 1a) and defenseman Andy Delmore (5a) lead the Crunch in head-to-head scoring with five points. Goaltender Andrew Penner has appeared in two games for Syracuse with a 2-0-0 record. Rochester goaltender Michael Leighton has posted a 1-3-0 record against Syracuse. Lifetime, the Crunch are 51-64-14 against the Amerks.

CRUNCHABLES: Left wing Greg Mauldin recorded his second two-goal game of the season on Friday night. The Crunch improved to 5-0-0-0 when Mauldin records a multiple point game… The 14 shots by the Crunch Friday against Cleveland is a season low… Saturday night is only the third time this season Syracuse has allowed seven goals… Right wing Brandon Sugden set a new high for penalty minutes in a game this season with 29 on Feb. 4.

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