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Crunch Close Out 2005 With an Impressive December
Begins New Year with Four Road Games

Tuesday, 01.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Crunch Close Out 2005 With an Impressive December
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2005-06 RECORD: 19-12-2-1, 41 points (10-4-1-0 home, 9-8-1-1 road),
third place, North Division

THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
Wednesday, Jan. 4 @ Hartford (17-9-2-5), 41 points, third place, Atlantic Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN (tape-delayed), Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com)
Friday, Jan.6 @ Albany (10-23-0-2), 22 points, seventh place, Atlantic Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com) Saturday, Jan. 7 @ Springfield (14-15-2-3), 33 points, fifth place, Atlantic Division
Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com) *Radio station subject to change.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Tuesday, Dec. 27: Crunch 4, HAMILTON 2
Wednesday, Dec. 28: CRUNCH 4, Binghamton 3
Friday, Dec. 30: CRUNCH 4, Hartford 3
Saturday, Dec. 31: BINGHAMTON 4, Crunch 1
HOME TEAM IN CAPS

DECEMBER OH SO GOOD: The Crunch recorded 20 points in the month of December, helping them move into third place in the North Division. Syracuse played 15 games during December (6 home, 9 road), posting a 9-4-1-1 record, including a five-game in six-night stretch and four-game in five-night stretch.

ATLANTIC DIVISION WEEK: This week boasts an Atlantic Division look as Syracuse travels to Hartford on Wednesday, then heads to Albany on Friday and finishes the week in Springfield on Saturday. Syracuse is looking to improve on a 3-0-1-0 record against Atlantic Division teams so far this season.

DELMORE, HARTIGAN AND PICARD BACK TO CRUNCH – SZWEZ ASSIGNED TO DAYTON: The Syracuse Crunch announced that the Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned defenseman Andy Delmore, center Mark Hartigan and left wing Alexandre Picard to Syracuse. The tem also announced that they have assigned right wing Jeff Szwez to Dayton (ECHL).

Delmore, 29, has appeared in five games with Columbus this season, recording two penalty minutes. He has an AHL-high for defenseman and a team-high 30 points, including a team-leading 25 assists. In 219 career AHL games with Fredericton, Philadelphia, Rochester and Syracuse, Delmore has tallied 31 goals, 90 assists and 158 penalty minutes. A native of LaSalle, Ontario, Delmore was claimed off waivers by Columbus from Detroit on October 4, 2005.

Hartigan, 28, has appeared in 11 games with Columbus this season, recording one goal and six penalty minutes. In 23 games with Syracuse this season, Hartigan has tallied 10 goals, 18 assists and 32 penalty minutes. Through 216 career AHL games with Chicago and Syracuse, Hartigan has registered 79 goals, 100 assists and 266 penalty minutes. A native of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Hartigan was resigned by Columbus on August 22, 2005.

Picard, 20, made his NHL debut on November 18 @ Dallas. In two games with the Blue Jackets this season, Picard has recorded six penalty minutes. In 12 games with Syracuse this season, Picard has registered 3 goals, 2 assists and 21 penalty minutes. A native of Les Saules, Quebec. Picard was drafted by Columbus in the first round, 8th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.
Szwez, 24, appeared in nine games with Syracuse this season, recording 3 goals, 2 assists and 11 penalty minutes. A native of Etobicoke, Ontario, Szwez appeared in 22 games with Dayton this season, tallying 13 goals, 9 assists and 30 penalty minutes.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
HARTFORD (NEW YORK RANGERS):
Syracuse travels to Hartford on Wednesday, January 4 for the second and final regular season games against the Wolf Pack. Syracuse defeated Hartford in their previous meeting 4-3 on December 30 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Right wing Joe Motzko leads all Crunch players with two points (1g, 1a) in head-to-head scoring. Right wing Colby Genoway (2g) and defenseman Daniel Girardi (2a) lead the Wolf Pack with two points each in head-to-head scoring. Goaltender Andrew Penner recorded 41 saves in the win. Hartford goaltender Robert Gherson recorded 19 saves in the loss. Lifetime, the Crunch are 1-4-2 against the Wolf Pack.
ALBANY (NEW JERSEY DEVILS): Syracuse heads to Albany on Friday, December 6 for the third of six regular season games. Syracuse leads the series 2-1 after losing to Albany 4-3 on December 23 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Center Ben Simon (2g, 1a) and right wing Joe Motzko (1g, 2a) lead all Crunch players in head-to-head scoring with three points. Right wing Barry Tallackson leads all River Rats players in head-to-head scoring with two points (2g, 1a). Goaltenders Mike Ayers (33 saves – shutout) and Martin Prusek (27 saves) posted Syracuse’s wins. Albany goaltender Frank Doyle has a 1-1-0 record against the Crunch. Lifetime, the Crunch are 40-37-9 against the River Rats.
SPRINGFIELD (TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING): Springfield hosts the Crunch on Saturday, January 7 for the first of two regular season meetings. Centers Jason Jaspers (14g, 19a) and Ryan Vesce (19g, 23a) lead all Falcons players with 33 points. Goaltender Gerald Coleman has appeared in 21 games for the Falcons, posting an 11-8-1 record, a 3.34 goals against average and an .892 save percentage. Lifetime, Syracuse is 6-13-5 against Springfield.

CRUNCHABLES: Syracuse is 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 games… On Saturday, December 31 @ Binghamton, Syracuse had three of their regular defenseman in the line-up. Crunch enforcer Brandon Sugden and recall Eric Lundberg filled two other defensive spots. It is the second game this season that Sugden has moved into a defensive position… Defenseman Jamie Pushor was the only player to appear in the Crunch’s first 33 games, a streak that came to an end with him missing the Crunch’s game on December 31 due to being recalled by Columbus… Both Syracuse and Binghamton dressed only 16 skaters on Saturday night.

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