THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
Thursday, Dec. 22 @ Rochester (16-13-0-1), 33 points, third place, North Division Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com)
Friday, Dec. 23 vs. Albany (8-20-0-2), 18 points, seventh place, Atlantic Division Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com) *Radio station subject to change.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Tuesday, Dec. 13: MANITOBA 5, Crunch 2
Wednesday, Dec. 14: Crunch 7, MANITOBA 4
Friday, Dec. 16: Crunch 2, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Saturday, Dec. 17: CRUNCH 4, Philadelphia 3 SOÂ
Sunday, Dec. 18 Grand Rapids 4, CRUNCH 3
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
MOTZKO SETS NEW TEAM HIGH: Right wing Joe Motzko enters this week on a nine game (Nov. 24 – Dec. 17) point streak, recording five goals and six assists. Motzkoâ€™s point streak is the most by a Crunch player this season. Through 21 games this season, Motzko has tallied 6 goals, 13 assists and 20 penalty minutes. A native of Bemidji, Minnesota, Motzko is currently tied for eighth place on the Crunchâ€™s all-time points list with 126. He is tenth all-time with 51 goals and 75 assists.
DELMORE EXTENDS STREAK: Defenseman Andy Delmore extended his point streak to six games with two assists on Sunday vs. Grand Rapids. Delmore finished last week with 10 assists in five games. In 21 games with Syracuse this season, he has tallied 4 goals, 19 assists and 26 penalty minutes. A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Delmore leads the Crunch in multiple point games (6) and power play points with 17 (1g, 16a).
SWEET 16: With three victories last week, Syracuse improved to 10-4-1-1 over the last 16 games.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
ROCHESTER (BUFFALO SABRES/FLORIDA PANTHERS): Syracuse travels to Rochester on Thursday, Dec.22 for the fourth of 12 regular season games against the Amerks. Syracuse shutout Rochester 2-0 in their last meeting on Nov.19 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Center Geoff Platt leads all players in head-to-head scoring with four points (3g, 1a). Defenseman Nathan Paetsch (3a), center Jiri Novotny (2g, 1a) and defenseman David Cullen (2g, 2a) lead Rochester in head-to-head scoring. Goaltenders Andrew Penner and Pascal Leclaire posted wins for Syracuse. Amerks goaltender Michael Leighton has a 1-2-0, record against Syracuse this season. Lifetime, the Crunch are 50-63-13 against the Moose.
ALBANY (NEW JERSEY DEVILS): The Crunch return home to host Albany on Friday, Dec. 23 for the third of six regular season meetings. Syracuse shutout Albany 3-0 on Nov.12 at Pepsi Arena. Center Ben Simon leads all players in head-to-head scoring with three points (2g, 1a). Center Petr Vrana (1g, 1a) and Barry Tallackson (1g, 1a) lead all River Rats players in head-to-head scoring. Goaltenders Martin Prusek (1-0-0) and Mike Ayers (1-0-0) have split time in net for Syracuse. Goaltenders Ari Ahonen (0-1-0) and Frand Doyle (0-1-0) have each appeared in a game for Albany. Lifetime, Syracuse is 40-35-9 against Albany.
CRUNCHABLES: Since being recalled from Dayton on Dec.12, right wing Jeff Szwez has tallied four points (2g, 2a) in three gamesâ€¦ Center Ben Simon is three goals shy of 50 career AHL goalsâ€¦ Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen tallied his first professional goal on Saturday, December 17 vs. Philadelphiaâ€¦ Defenseman Aaron Johnson appeared in his 150th career AHL game on Friday, Dec.16 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.