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Minor League Report: April 1

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Syracuse Crunch

2007-08 RECORD: 39-26-2-6, 86 points, (23-9-1-3 home, 16-17-1-3 road), third place, North Division

 

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Wednesday, April 2 vs. Binghamton (33-28-8-5, 79 points, fifth place in East Division)

Friday, April 4 vs. Rochester (23-40-6-4, 56 points, seventh place in North Division)

Sunday, April 6 @ Rochester (23-40-6-4, 56 points, seventh place in North Division)

 

LAST WEEK'S RESULT

Wednesday, March 26 - CRUNCH 3, Toronto 2 SO

Friday, March 28 - CRUNCH 3, Albany 2 OT

Saturday, March 29 - CRUNCH 6, Lake Erie 5 OT

HOME TEAM IN CAPS

 

SYRACUSE STREAKING: The Syracuse Crunch are on an amazing run. The team has tied a franchise record by winning eight straight games and is currently riding a franchise record and AHL season-high 16 game points streak.

In their past 23 games, the Crunch have amassed a record of 17-1-0-5, good for 39 out of a possible 46 points.

 

CRUNCH MOVE ABOVE .500 ALL-TIME: In their 14-year history, the Syracuse Crunch have had many memorable seasons, including this one. About to enter their 15th anniversary season in 2008-09, the Crunch have reached an important milestone.

With Friday's overtime win over Albany, the Crunch's all-time record moved to 472-471-96-52-21, one game over the .500 mark. Syracuse's win over Lake Erie Saturday in overtime gave the franchise 473 wins.

 

OVERTIME WINNERS: The Syracuse Crunch like to work overtime. The team's record this year in games decided in the extra-session (not counting shootouts) is 7-2. Ironically enough, Crunch defensmen have scored three of the seven winning goals, including two from Marc Methot.

 

HOME COOKING: The Crunch continue their winning ways at the War Memorial at Oncenter. The Crunch are 11-0-0-1 in their last 12 home games and are winners of seven straight at home.

On the season, the Crunch own a 23-9-1-3 home record, good for a .694 winning percentage and fifth best in the AHL behind only Chicago, Providence, Toronto and Portland. Syracuse has outscored the opposition 115-87 on home ice.

 

39… AND COUNTING: Durning the 2005-06 season, the Syracuse Crunch set franchise records for wins (47) and points (102) in a season. In 2001-02, the Crunch had their second best regular season record ever, going 39-23-13-5 and racked up 96 points.

Saturday night's win over Lake Erie was the 39th of the season for the Crunch, tying the mark for the second most wins during the regular season in Crunch history. One more regular season win will mark the second time in the Crunch's 14-year history that the team has reached the 40-win plateau.

 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:

BINGHAMTON SENATORS (OTTAWA SENATORS): The Binghamton Senators make the trek up I-81 Wednesday night for the seventh of eight meetings on the season between these two teams. The Crunch are 3-3-0-0 against Binghamton this year. Captain Zenon Konopka leads the way for Syracuse with 7 points (6g, 1a) against the B-Sens this season. Alexander Nikulin leads his club in scoring in the season series with 8 points (2g, 6a). Dan LaCosta (currently on recall to Columbus), is 2-0-0-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .933 save percentage against Binghamton this year. These two clubs meet for the final time on April 12 at the War Memorial at Oncenter

ROCHESTER AMERICANS (BUFFALO SABRES/FLORIDA PANTHERS): The Rochester Americans make the one-hour and fifteen minute drive east on I-90 Friday night for the tenth of twelve meetings between these two teams this season. The Crunch dropped the first two meetings of the year against Rochester, but have rattled off the last seven against their neighboring arch-rivals. Adam Pineault has racked up 11 points (3g, 8a), and leads all players in scoring in the season series. Dan LaCosta (currently on recall to Columbus), is 3-1-0-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average and .952 save percentage against Rochester this year.

 

CRUNCHABLES:
Since December, the Crunch’s record is 32-13-1-6... The Crunch are 17-10-2-6 in one goal games… Syracuse is 35-3-0-3 when allowing two goals or less… Defenseman Andrei Plekhanov has 4 points (3g, 1a) in his last 2 games… Zenon Konopka has 10 points (4g, 6a) in his last 7 games… Brett Motherwell has 4 points (1g, 3a) in his last four games… The Crunch finished the month of March with an 11-0-0-1 record.

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