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Down On The Farm: The Weekly Report from Syracuse

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
2005-06 RECORD: 10-8-1-0, 21 points (7-2-0-0 home, 3-6-1-0 road), fourth place,

Saturday, Dec. 3 @ Hershey (12-4-2-3), 29 points, second place, East Division
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Sunday, Dec. 4 @ Philadelphia (10-11-0-2), 22 points, third place, East Division
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Thursday, Nov. 24 BINGHAMTON 4, Crunch 3 OT  
Friday, Nov. 25 CRUNCH 4, Bridgeport 1
Saturday, Nov. 26 CRUNCH 3, Toronto 2

HARTIGAN & MOTZKO MOVIN’ ON UP: Center Mark Hartigan and right wing Joe Motzko moved into a tie for 10th on the Crunch’s all-time scoring list Saturday night as each player recorded his 119th career Syracuse point. They trail Kent McDonell (123 points) by four for 9th all-time.

Hartigan, 28, enters this week on a team-high five-game point streak, recording 1 goal and 7 assists during that time. In 11 games with the Crunch this season he is third on the team in scoring with 14 points (4g, 10a). He has also appeared in 8 games with the Blue Jackets this season with a goal and six penalty minutes. A native of Fort St. John, BC, Hartigan has played in 204 career AHL games with Chicago and Syracuse with 165 points (73g, 92a). He has 12 points (7g, 5a) in 42 career NHL games with Atlanta and Columbus. Originally signed as a free agent by Columbus on August 15, 2003 and resigned on August 22, 2005, Hartigan is currently sixth in franchise history with 58 goals, 12 behind Mathieu Darche.

Motzko, 25, has appeared in 15 games with Syracuse this season recording 3 goals, 9 assists and 12 penalty minutes. In 166 career AHL games, all with Syracuse, Motzko has 48 goals, 71 assists and 122 penalty minutes. He has played in two career NHL games with Columbus. A native of Bemidji, MN, Motzko was signed as a free agent by Columbus on May 15, 2003.

Hartigan and Motzko were teammates at St. Cloud State (WCHA) for three seasons (1999-00 – 2001-02) before beginning their professional careers.

ROSTER IN FLUX: After releasing goaltender Dan McGuire from his ATO Saturday night following the game and releasing right wing Lyon Porter from his PTO on Sunday the Crunch have had 57 transactions this season – matching their total from all of last season. Syracuse had just four transactions through this time last season.

Since Syracuse switched their NHL affiliate to Columbus prior to the 2000-01 season the most transactions they have had in a season is 161 during the 2003-04 season, followed by 149 (2001-02), 119 (2000-01), 113 (2002-03) and 57 (2004-05).

MAULDIN HEATS UP: After recording just two points in his first 15 games this season, left wing Greg Mauldin recorded four in the Crunch’s three games last week, included the game-winner on Friday night against Bridgeport and his first multiple point game of the season (2 assists) on Saturday night against Toronto. A native of Holliston, MA, Mauldin has appeared in 18 games for the Crunch this season with six points (2g, 4a) and 16 penalty minutes.


HERSHEY (WASHINGTON CAPITALS): Syracuse begins a three-game road trip on Saturday, December 3 at the GIANT Center in Hershey for the first of two regular season games against the Bears. Right wing Eric Fehr leads the Bears with 21 points (9g, 12a). Former Crunch goaltender Frederic Cassivi has appeared between the pipes for Hershey 15 times this season, posting a 8-5-2 record, a 2.22 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 24-32-12 against the Bears.

PHILADELPHIA (PHILADELPHIA FLYERS): On Sunday, December 4 the Crunch visit Philadelphia for the first of two regular season meetings. Former Crunch right wing Pat Kavanagh leads the Phantoms with 18 points (11g, 7a). Goaltender Jamie Storr has appeared in 12 games with Philadelphia, posting a 5-6-1 record, 3.08 goals against average and .901 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 12-16-8 against the Phantoms.

CRUNCHABLES: Defenseman Andy Canzanello scored his first American Hockey League goal in the Crunch’s 3-2 victory over Toronto on Saturday night… Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen made his National Hockey League debut on Wednesday, November 23 vs. Nashville. He is the fourth Crunch player to make his NHL debut this season (Alexandre Picard, Jaroslav Balastik and Steven Goertzen)… Defenseman Aaron Johnson helped Columbus snap a seven-game losing streak Saturday night, scoring the game-winning goal in his second game since being recalled on November 25… Syracuse has earned a point in seven of their last games (6-1-1-0)… Syracuse improved to 6-1-1-0 when allowing the games first goal with wins on Friday and Saturday night.

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