2007-08 RECORD: 18-20-1-1, 38 points, (8-8-0-0 home, 10-12-1-1 road), third place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, January 11 @ Hamilton (14-15-1-5, 34 points), fifth place, North Division
Sunday, January 13 vs. Albany (20-17-0-2, 42 points), fourth place, East Division
LAST WEEK'S RESULT
Wednesday, January 2 - WBS 6, Crunch 3
Friday, January 4 - Crunch 6, ALBANY 1
Saturday, January 5 - Grand Rapids 2, CRUNCH 1
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
PINEAULT PRODUCING POINTS:
It has been a tale of two seasons for Crunch right wing Adam Pineault.
Through the first 20 games, Pineault had just 8 points (2g, 6a). Over his last 20 games, Pineault has racked up 18 points (8g, 10a). Last week, Pineault lead the Crunch in scoring with 4 points (3g, 1a) in 3 games, including a two-goal effort in Saturday's 6-1 win in Albany.
Pineault is currently third on the team in scoring with 26 points (10g, 16a) in 40 games. Pineault has also proven to be an iron man, as he is one of only three Crunch players to appear in every game so far this season. He has also been a valuable part of Syracuse's sixth ranked penalty killing unit, notching four short-handed points (3g, 1a). Pineault leads the Crunch in shots with 122.
A native of Holyoke, Massachusetts, Pineault was drafted by Columbus in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
BRULE NETS HAT TRICK:
Gilbert Brule scored the first hat trick by a Crunch player this season in a 6-1 victory in Albany last Friday night. It was only Brule's second game since being assigned by Columbus on January 1.
His first goal came on a snapshot in the slot that beat Albany starter Kevin Nastiuk low to the stick side. His second was a re-direction of a Tom Sestito pass as he was driving to the net. The hat trick goal was a rocket on a one-timer from the top of the left circle that found its way to the top corner.
Brule, 21, has appeared in 116 NHL games with Columbus, amassing 12 goals, 15 assists and 38 penalty minutes. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Brule was drafted by Columbus in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
HAMILTON BULLDOGS (MONTREAL CANADIENS): The Crunch travel to Hamilton on Friday for the second time this season and fourth meeting overall with the Bulldogs. The Crunch are 3-0-0-0 against Hamilton this season. Syracuse tied a season-high by scoring nine goals in a 9-2 win when these teams last met at the War Memorial at Oncenter back on December 15. Zenon Konopka had a five-point game, tallying 2 goals and 3 assists. Joakim Lindstrom leads all players in scoring in the season series with 8 points (2g, 6a).
ALBANY RIVER RATS (CAROLINA HURRICANES): The Crunch return to the War Memorial for their first Sunday home game of the season on January 13 to take on the River Rats. This will be the fifth meeting of the season between these two teams. The Crunch are 3-1-0-0 against Albany this year. Syracuse took the last meeting on January 4 at the Times Union Center, 6-1. Gilbert Brule tallied three goals and Adam Pineault had two in the win. Zenon Konopka and Aaron Rome lead all players in scoring in the series with five points (2g, 3a) each.
Rookie left wing Tom Sestito has 5 points (3g, 2a) in his last five games…With Steven Goertzen's short-handed goal on Friday, the Crunch now have 11 on the season, good for second in the American Hockey League…With a six goal explosion on Friday night, the Crunch matched their second highest goal total of the season…Crunch right wing Gilbert Brule tallied his first goal as a member of the Crunch Friday with his first period score… Brule's goal proved to be the game-winner… Brule's hat trick Friday night was the first by a Crunch player all year.