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Your weekly Crunch Wrapper for the week ending on 2/28/16

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Here's your weekly Crunch Wrapper (get it? It's a pun!) for the week ending on February 28th, 2016.

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Scott Thomas

Latest Stats for the Syracuse Crunch:

  • Regular season record (wins-losses-OT losses-SO losses): 22-24-9-2

  • This past week's results: A 3-2 regulation win versus Binghamton (2/26); a 5-1 regulation loss versus St John's (2/28); a 5-4 shootout win vs. Binghamton (2/28)

  • Place in Eastern Conference: 13th

  • Place in North Division: 6th

  • Top scorer: Tanner Richard (7-30-37)
  • Top scoring defensemanMatt Taormina (11-20-31)

  • Top scoring defenseman currently on roster: Anthony DeAngelo (5-28-33)

  • Top defenseman, +/-: Several tied at -2.

  • Top scoring rookie: Anthony DeAngelo (5-28-33)

A rundown of the AHL's new standings system can be found over at Syracuse.com.

That's a wrap!

The Crunch are now pretty much guaranteed an early golfing season thanks to an absolutely dismal February. Going into the All-Star break at the end of January, Syracuse was still firmly in a playoff spot despite player shortages, a nearly-empty depth cupboard, and a three-game losing streak. Unfortunately, the Crunch then effectively killed any hopes they may have had of time in the playoffs (however short that time would have been...hint: it would have been short), by losing 8 out of the 11 games they played this past month. They dropped like a stone in the standings because of those losses, and time has basically run out on their ability to climb out of the hole they've dug themselves.

Better luck next year, I guess.

Other transactions, player, and organizational news:

-The Crunch are again participating in a Change for Change initiative this season, and are hoping to raise even more than last season with an extended campaign. Change for Change is an initiative created by Crunch Captain Mike Angelidis and his teammates that aims to raise money for pediatric cancer research at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and help improve the odds for children with cancer. All TampaCuse fans can help out by donating through their Go Fund Me page.

-Lightning prospects Matthew Peca and Joel Vermin returned to the Crunch's line up over the weekend. Peca had a stellar first game back, scoring a goal and netting an assist. Vermin netted a goal during Sunday's game at Binghamton.

-Syracuse was finally able to dress Crunch defenseman Daniel Walcott as a (gasp!) defenseman this past weekend.

Syracuse Crunch media highlights:

  • The Crunch's SoundCloud has been updated with broadcasts and player interviews from the past week.
  • Be sure to use the hashtags #SyrCrunch, #BelieveInBlue, and #TampaCuse when tweeting about the team.
  • "Highlights" from the Crunch's last few home games: