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Minor League Report: October 23

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Syracuse Crunch

2007-08 RECORD: 2-4-0-0, 4 points, (1-2-0-0 home, 1-2-0-0 road), sixth place, North Division



Wednesday, October 24 @ Albany (2-2-0-1), fourth place, East Division

Friday, October 26 @ Rochester (2-5-1-1), fifth place, North Division

Saturday, October 27 vs. Rochester (2-5-1-1), fifth place, North Division



Friday, October 19 - CRUNCH 2, Hamilton 1

Saturday, October 20 - Lake Erie 3, CRUNCH 2


'Z' WEARS THE 'C': The Syracuse Crunch announced on Friday, that they have named center Zenon Konopka as their team captain for the 2007-08 season. The club also announced that defenseman Dan Smith and right wing Steven Goertzen will serve as alternates at home games and centers Andrew Murray and Derek MacKenzie will wear the 'A' during road games.

Konopka, 26, becomes the ninth full-time team captain in franchise history (Dane Jackson, 1994-95, Mark Wotton, 1995-99, Brian Bunin, 1999-00, Mike Gaul, 2000-01, Sean Pronger, 2001-02, David Ling 2002-03, Darrell Scoville, 2003-04, Jamie Pushor, 2004-07.

Konopka appeared in 20 games with Syracuse last season notching 9 goals, 11 assists and 70 penalty minutes. He also played in 6 games with Columbus last year, tallying 20 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 42 games with Portland of the AHL last year, scoring 11 goals, 24 assists and 97 penalty minutes. A native of Niagra Falls, Ontario, Konopka was acquired by Columbus on January 26, 2007 along with left wing Curtis Glencross and a conditional 7th round pick in either 2007 or 2008 in exchange for right wing Joe Motzko, center Mark Hartigan and a 4th round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.


CRUNCH TALLY FIRST HOME WIN OF THE SEASON: Syracuse welcomed back Zenon Konopka to the team Friday night , but it was the usual cast of characters that did the scoring for the Crunch in a hard fought 2-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Joakim Lindstrom's power play goal early in the third period was the game winner.

Rookie defenseman Darcy Campbell scored his first professional goal at 9:32 of the second period. Campbell took a pass from Derek MacKenzie and let go a low shot from the top of the right face-off circle that found its way through traffic into the far side of the Hamilton goal.

While Campbell and the Crunch were still celebrating, Hamilton made a couple of quick passes and knotted the game at 1-1 just 11 seconds later.

In the third period Hamilton's Pavel Valentenko tripped MacKenzie 3:25 into the frame. Three seconds later on the resulting power play, Joakim Lindstrom tipped home Derick Brassard's blast from the center blueline that gave Syracuse a 2-1 lead. That would be how the game ended.



ALBANY RIVER RATS (CAROLINA HURRICANES): Syracuse travels to Albany Wednesday night for the first of eight meetings between these two clubs. Syracuse and Albany played each other twice in the preseason, with the River Rats picking up wins in both games. The Crunch went 3-4-1-0 against the River Rats last season. Center Keith Aucoin currently leads the Albany in scoring with 6 points (1g, 5a) in 5 games. Goaltender Michael Leighton has excellent, posting a 2.23 goals against average and .928 save percentage in 4 games.


ROCHESTER AMERICANS (BUFFALO SABRES/FLORIDA PANTHERS): The Crunch begin a home-and-home series with Rochester on Friday night at Blue Cross Arena. This Friday and Saturday will be the second and third of 12 scheduled meetings between these two clubs. The Americans defeated the Crunch 6-4 back on October 5 and lead the season series 1-0-0-0. Saturday night Rochester makes their first of six trips to the War Memorial at Oncenter. Rochester right wing Anthony Stewart leads all players in scoring in the series with 3 points (1g, 2a).


CRUNCHABLES: Crunch defenseman Darcy Campbell tallied his first professional goal in the first period on Friday night with a blast from the point that put the Crunch up 1-0. Campbell's goal was the first time all year that the Crunch have scored the first goal of the game… With an assist in both games this past weekend, Rookie Center Derick Brassard extended his point-scoring streak to 6 games to start the season… Crunch defenseman Andrei Plekhanov is currently tied for fifth in the AHL in rookie defenseman scoring with 4 assists in 5 games… On Saturday night, Tomas Popperle tied Frederic Cassivi for seventh on the all-time games played list by a goaltender with 55.

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