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Friday, April 18, 2008

Crunch start run to Calder Cup tonight!

Sick of seeing teams that were once below us in the standings in the playoffs (and in the cases of Pittsburgh and Philly winning) well there is an option, the Syracuse Crunch kick of their playoffs tonight with a game against the Manitoba Moose.

The Crunch enter tonight's game on a 15 game winning streak. According to some of their players, they don't plan to change the rough and tumble style that brought themt to this point:

"If it (an altercation) comes down, we'll answer the bell. We're not going to change our game for anyone else," said Syracuse enforcer Jon Mirasty.

"It's a fine line. But I think we'll be right on that line," said Syracuse captain Zenon Konopka. "I think it will be more intense than in the regular season. I think there will be more fights in this Manitoba series than there would be in a regular seven-game stretch."

Coach Ross Yates tempers that a bit:

"We have to continue playing the way we're successful with," said Syracuse coach Ross Yates. "But there's times we went overboard, and we have to curb that. It's retaliation penalties we have to stay away from."

Read full article here.

Their first series playoffs schedule is below:

Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 18 – Manitoba at Syracuse, 7:30
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 19 – Manitoba at Syracuse, 7:30
Game 3 – Tue., Apr. 22 – Syracuse at Manitoba, 8:30
Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 25 – Syracuse at Manitoba, 8:30
*Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 26 – Syracuse at Manitoba, 8:30
*Game 6 – Mon., Apr. 28 – Manitoba at Syracuse, 7:00
*Game 7 – Tue., Apr. 29 – Manitoba at Syracuse, 7:00

This is great experience for our young players. They are learning what it takes to be a pro and what it takes to win as a pro. Any playoff experience is just icing on the cake and hopefully this team can make a long run at the Calder Cup.

All games can be heard at this link:

Go Crunch!


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