In case any of the players who came down from Columbus had forgotten that they were in the minor leagues again, there was a reminder today. The Syracuse Crunch was to practice at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg this afternoon, but the team didn't get all of its equipment in last night. Because you fly commercial and not charter and if you're on a full flight and there's no room for the equipment, it gets sent at a later time. The problem is that the airline had told the team that the equipment would get out on Sunday evening, but only 15 bags did. That left many of the players with no gear and no way to practice. Equipment manager Rodney Blachford ran out to a store and bought shorts, T-shirts and socks so that those who didn't have their stuff could work out in the hotel weight room. The Crunch borrowed some sticks from the Moose and some players even borrowed skates from other teammates so that they could get on the ice. Defenseman Marc Methot, who got his equipment, called it a "little mishap," and said he expects the team to get back to business tomorrow.
Derek MacKenzie expected these games with the Moose would be close and wasn't really surprised that the first two games went into overtime. He also said, "I don't think that either team deserved to be up 2-0, and I think we're right where we thought we'd be." MacKenzie also isn't concerned that out of the four goals the Crunch has scored, three of them have come from defensemen. "You need goals from everybody and we have some plays that are going to allow the defensemen to get more shots."
It remains to be seen if enforcer Jon Mirasty dresses in Game 3. He's been limited to four shifts in the first two games as the Moose has shied away from the fighting aspect of the game. However, in January, Mirasty played in one of two games in Manitoba and the one he sat out was the one in which the Moose physically took it to the Crunch. I'm sure that history lesson will weigh in on the decision.
The schedule for the week is Game 3 tonight, Game 4 on Friday and Game 5 on Saturday. You can listen to the games online, at sportsradio620.com or watch them on the B2 Network. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. ET for all games.