Down on the Farm: Race For Home Ice Advantage Heats Up
2005-06 RECORD: 43-22-4-3, 93 points
(24-7-2-2 home, 19-12-2-1 road), third place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
Tuesday, Apr. 4 vs. Manitoba (41-21-7-5), 94 points, second place, North Division Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com) Friday, Apr. 7 vs. Hamilton (31-39-0-4), 66 points, sixth place, North Division Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com)
Saturday, Apr. 8 vs. Grand Rapids (53-17-1-4), 111 points, first place, North Division Radio: SportsRadio 620 WHEN, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com) Sunday, Apr. 9 @ Toronto (38-27-6-2), 84 points, fourth place, North Division Radio: 570WSYR, Internet: B2 Networks (www.syracusecrunch.com)
*Radio station subject to change.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
Friday, Mar. 31: ROCHESTER 9 Crunch 4
Saturday, April 1: Rochester 3, CRUNCH 2 SO
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
RACE FOR HOME ICE: With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Syracuse and Manitoba are still fighting for second place in the North Division. Manitoba (94 points, six games remaining) leads Syracuse (93 points, eight games remaining) by one point with the Crunch playing two less games. Seven of Syracuse’s eight remaining games are against division rivals (Toronto – 2, Rochester – 2, Manitoba -1, Hamilton – 1, Grand Rapids - 1 and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 1). Manitoba’s six remaining games are all against division rivals (Cleveland – 2, Syracuse – 1, Rochester – 1, Toronto – 1 and Hamilton – 1).
FRITSCHE RECALLED: The Syracuse Crunch announced today that the Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled center Dan Fritsche.
Fritsche, 20, has appeared in 18 games with Syracuse this season, recording 3 goals, 4 assists and 12 penalty minutes. In 51 games with Columbus this season, Fritsche has tallied 4 goals, 5 assists and 22 penalty minutes. A native of Parma, Ohio, Fritsche was selected by Columbus in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft.
2006 CALDER CUP PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE: The Syracuse Crunch announced that tickets for Games “A” and “B” of the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs North Division Semifinals will go on sale Monday, Apr. 3 at 10 a.m. Opponent, game dates and times will be announced at a later date.
Tickets that are labeled Game A are to be used for Game One. Tickets labeled Game B are to be used for Game Two. Tickets prices are $16, $14 and $12. (Day of game ticket prices are $17, $15 and $13).
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
MANITOBA (VANCOUVER CANUCKS): Syracuse hosts Manitoba on Tuesday, Apr. 4 for the fourth and final regular season game. The Crunch lead the series 2-1-0-0, after defeating the Moose, 5-3 on Jan. 28 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Left wing Jason Jaffray leads all players in head-to-head scoring with seven points (3g, 4a). Defenseman Andy Delmore (6a) leads all Syracuse players in head-to-head scoring with six points. Goaltender Andrew Penner has appeared in two games for Syracuse, posting a 1-1-0 record, a 7.12 goals against average and .829 save percentage. Manitoba goaltender Wade Flaherty has appeared in all three games for the Moose posting a 1-2-0 record, 4.36 goals against average and .859 save percentage against Syracuse. Lifetime, the Crunch are 5-5-1 against the Moose.
HAMILTON (MONTREAL CANADIENS/EDMONTON OILERS): On Friday, Apr. 7, Syracuse hosts Hamilton for the eighth and final regular season game. The Crunch lead the series 4-1-1-1, after defeating the Bulldogs 3-2 on Mar. 25 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Center Mark Hartigan leads all players in head-to-head scoring with 10 points (7g, 3a). Right wing Andrei Kostitsyn (4g, 3a) leads the Bulldogs in head-to-head scoring with seven points. Goaltender Andrew Penner has appeared in five games for Syracuse, posting a 2-1-0 record, a 3.70 goals against average and .880 save percentage. Hamilton goaltender Yann Danis has posted a 0-3-0 record, 3.04 goals against average and .893 save percentage against Syracuse. Lifetime, the Crunch are 28-31-12 against the Bulldogs.
GRAND RAPIDS (DETROIT RED WINGS): Grand Rapids visits Syracuse on Saturday, Apr. 8 for the sixth and final regular season game. Grand Rapids leads the series 5-0-0-0, after defeating Syracuse 5-4 in a shootout on Feb. 25 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Left wings Jiri Hudler (1g, 8a) and Kent McDonell (6g, 2a) lead all players in head-to-head scoring with nine points. Defensemen Andy Delmore (1g, 4a) and Aaron Johnson (5a) lead all Syracuse players in head-to-head scoring with five points. Goaltender Andrew Penner has appeared in two games for Syracuse, posting a 0-1-0 record, 3.45 goals against average and .923 save percentage. Grand Rapids goaltender Jimmy Howard has posted a 3-0-0 record, 2.27 goals against average and .925 save percentage against Syracuse. Lifetime, the Crunch are 1-4-0-1 against the Griffins.
TORONTO (TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS): Syracuse travels to Toronto on Sunday, Apr. 9 for the seventh of eight regular season games. Syracuse has a 3-3-0-0 record against Toronto in the series, despite losing 4-2 on Mar. 11 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Center John Pohl leads all players in head-to-head scoring with nine points (5g, 4a). Center Mark Hartigan (2g, 4a) leads all Syracuse players in head-to-head scoring with six points. Goaltender Andrew Penner has appeared in three games for Syracuse, posting a 2-1-0 record, 2.30 goals against average and .913 save percentage. Toronto goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin has posted a 3-1-1 record, a 1.98 goals against average and .939 save percentage against Syracuse. Lifetime, the Crunch are 3-3-0-0 against the Amerks.
CRUNCHABLES: Goaltender Martin Prusek posted a 5-0-0 record in the month of March… Center Peter Sarno appeared in his 400th career AHL game on Friday, March 17 vs. Albany… Western Michigan graduate and right wing Brent Walton made his professional debut on Saturday, Apr.1 vs. Rochester… Rochester’s nine goals against Syracuse on Friday, Mar. 31 is the most goals the Crunch have allowed this season… Defenseman Andy Delmore is one point shy of tying Chris O’Sullivan (1999-00) and Radim Bicanek (2000-01) for most points by a defenseman in at season with 65.