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Minor League Report: October 30

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Syracuse Crunch

2007-08 RECORD: 3-7-0-0, 6 points, (2-2-0-0 home, 1-5-0-0 road), sixth place, North Division



Tuesday, October 30 @ Houston (2-4-1-0), seventh place, West Division

Wednesday, October 31 @ San Antonio (4-3-0-2), fifth place, West Division

Friday, November 2 @ Hamilton (4-4-0-1), fourth place, North Division

Saturday, November 3 @ Binghamton (4-3-1-0) third place, East Division



Wednesday, October 24 - ALBANY 3, Crunch 2

Friday, October 26 - ROCHESTER 3, Crunch 2

Saturday, October 27 - CRUNCH 9, Rochester 2

Sunday, October 28 - TORONTO 5, Crunch 2



JOAKIM 'MR CONSISTENT' LINDSTROM: Joakim Lindstrom has been a model of consistency so far this season for the Syracuse Crunch. On Sunday in Toronto, Lindstrom extended his point-scoring streak to eight games with an assist on Phillipe Dupuis' goal in the third period. He has now scored at least 1 point in every game this season with the exception of the October 6 game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He has a total of 10 points (6g, 4a) in 10 games and leads the team in goals. He is on pace to score a career-high 48 goals and 80 points.

Lindstrom, 23, skated in 50 games for Syracuse last season registering 22 goals, 26 assists and 34 penalty minutes. He also appeared in nine games for Columbus last season tallying one goal and four penalty minutes. The native of Skelleftea, Sweden was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2nd round, 41st overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.


CRUNCH OFFENSE EXPLODES: The Syracuse Crunch offense exploded on Saturday night at the War Memorial at Oncenter, as they demolished the Rochester Americans 9-2. Andrew Murray lead the scoring attack with two goals on the night and was named first star of the game. The scoring was balanced and spread out as 8 different Crunch players lit the lamp and 16 players had at least one point including a rare assist from goaltender Tomas Popperle. Sixteen players recorded a +1 rating or better. Popperle was strong in net, turning aside 23 of the 25 shots he faced. It was the first time since March 24, 2006 against Binghamton in Utica that the Crunch has put up a nine-spot on the scoreboard. The team record for goals scored in a game is 10 set in the team's inaugural season against Rochester on November 5, 1994.



HOUSTON AEROS (MINNESOTA WILD): Syracuse heads west this week as they visit Houston on Tuesday night. It is the first of two meetings between these two clubs this season. The Crunch went 2-0-0-0 against the Aeros last season. Defenseman Eric Reitz currently leads Houston in scoring with 8 points (3g, 5a) in 7 games.

SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE (PHOENIX COYOTES): The Crunch head to San Antonio on Wednesday night to take on the Rampage. It is the first of two meetings this season between these two teams. Syracuse split the season series with San Antonio last season, going 1-1-0-0. Left wing Jon DiSalvatore currently leads the Rampage in scoring with 8 points (3g, 5a) in 9 games.

HAMILTON BULLDOGS (MONTREAL CANADIENS): The Crunch come back east on Friday night to take on the the Hamilton Bulldogs. It will be the second of eight meetings between the two teams. The Crunch took the first game on October 19, 2-1 on goals by Joakim Lindstrom and Darcy Campbell. Tomas Popperle stopped 23 of 24 shots to record the Crunch's first home win of the season.

BINGHAMTON SENATORS (OTTAWA SENATORS): Saturday night the Crunch finish out their five-game road trip in a battle with Interstate 81 rivals, the Binghamton Senators. The Crunch defeated Binghamton 4-1 to notch their first win of the season back on October 12. In that game Derick Brassard was brilliant, scoring 2 points (1g, 1a) while the Crunch power play was 2-for-4 on the night. Syracuse leads the season series 1-0-0-0.

CRUNCHABLES: It was a homecoming for Crunch forwards Geoff Platt and Jeffrey Szwez on Sunday, both from the Toronto area… Right wing David Ling stung his former team with a 3-point night (2g, 1a)… Sunday's game was the first of a 5 game in 7 night road trip for the Crunch starting in Toronto and ending Saturday night in Binghamton… Left wing Joakim Lindstrom extended his point-scoring streak to 8 games by picking up an assist on Phillipe Dupuis' third period goal Sunday… Saturday's 9 goal outburst was the first time since March 24, 2006 (9-4 win over Binghamton, in Utica) that Syracuse has put a nine spot on the scoreboard… The team record is 10 set against Rochester on November 5, 1994… Former Crunch goaltender and current Blue Jackets netminder Pascal Leclaire recorded his NHL league-leading fourth shutout of the season last Thursday in a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

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