Down on the Farm: Crunch Put Together Five-Point Weekend
Popperle Records Firsts
(2-2-0-0 home, 0-4-0-1 road), fifth place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, Nov. 3 @ Hamilton (2-6-0-0), 4 points, sixth place, North Division.
Saturday, Nov. 4 @ Hershey (7-0-0-1), 15 points, second place, East Division.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Friday, Oct. 27: CRUNCH 5, Rochester 0
Saturday, Oct. 28: CRUNCH 5, Binghamton 1
Sunday, Oct. 29: ROCHESTER 2, Crunch 1 SO
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
CRUNCH PUT TOGETHER SOLID WEEKEND: After an 0-6-0-0 start, Syracuse battled back this past weekend going 2-0-0-1 to earn five out of a possible six points. On Friday, Oct. 27, Syracuse shutout Rochester, 5-0, and followed it up with a 5-1 victory over Binghamton on Saturday night. Syracuse’s goal total for those two games matched their goal total from their first six games of the season. Syracuse dropped a 2-1 decision to Rochester on Sunday in a shootout. It was the first time this season Syracuse played into overtime and participated in a shootout.
POPPERLE BREAKS THROUGH: Crunch rookie goaltender Tomas Popperle posted back-to-back victories on Friday and Saturday night, helping Syracuse record their first wins of the season. Popperle recorded his first North American win and shutout on Friday night against Rochester, stopping all 22 Amerks shots. On Saturday night, Popperle allowed only one Binghamton goal, recording 27 saves. A native of Broumov, Czech Republic, Popperle was drafted by Columbus in the fifth round, 131st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEKEND MAKES: Through Syracuse’s first six games, their power play was 3-for-46 (6.48%), while the penalty kill unit was 45-for-60 (74.58%). In Syracuse’s last three games, the power play played to a 35% success rate, converting seven times on 20 opportunities, while the penalty kill allowed one goal in 21 chances (95.23%).
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
HAMILTON (MONTREAL CANADIENS): The Crunch travels to Hamilton on Friday, Nov. 3, for the first of four regular season meetings. Center Maxime Lapierre leads the Bulldogs in scoring with eight points (3g, 5a). Goaltender Yann Danis has appeared in six games for Hamilton posting a 2-4-0 record, 3.88 goals against average and .878 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 29-31-12 against the Bulldogs.
HERSHEY (WASHINGTON CAPITALS): On Saturday, Nov. 4, Syracuse visits Hershey for the second and final regular season meeting. The Bears defeated Syracuse, 6-3, on Oct. 14 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Right wing Eric Fehr (2g, 1a) and left wing Quintin Laing (3a) lead the Bears in head-to-head scoring with three points each. Crunch defenseman Mark Flood (1g, 1a), center Geoff Platt (1g, 1a) and right wing Joe Motzko (2a) lead the Crunch in head-to-head scoring with two points a piece. Goaltender Maxime Daigneault posted the victory for Hershey, posting 27 saves. Crunch goaltender Tomas Popperle recorded 31 saves in the loss. Lifetime, Syracuse is 26-33-12 against Hershey.
CRUNCHABLES: Left wing Mark Hartigan has recorded a point (2g, 1a) in each game he has played with Syracuse this season. His power play goal on Sunday, Oct. 29 vs. Rochester was his 38th in a Crunch uniform, tying him for first all-time with Brad Moran… Defenseman Ryan Caldwell made his Crunch and season debut on Friday night against Rochester. He appeared in all three of the Crunch’s games and finished the weekend +1… Defenseman Filip Novak has recorded a point in five of his last six games (6a)… Defenseman Jamie Pushor is three games shy of appearing in his 900th professional game… With his six penalty minutes Sunday night against Rochester, Verot hit the 1,500 career penalty minute mark in 337 AHL career games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Saint John, Portland and Syracuse.