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Syracuse Crunch 2019-20 schedule breakdown

The Crunch begin the regular season on October 4th in Rochester.

Syracuse Crunch Boris Katchouk (13) fires the puck past Rochester Americans William Borgen (3) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Rochester won 3-2 in a Shootout.
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On Tuesday, the American Hockey League gave everyone a 2019-2020 schedule teaser, releasing the dates all 31 AHL teams will open on their respective home ice.

One day later, after some, er, app issues, the league released the full schedule.

The Syracuse Crunch will open the 2019-2020 season on the road in Rochester on Friday, October 4th, against the Americans. This marks the beginning of a four game road trip, as the team then heads to Cleveland for a pair of games against the Monsters on Friday, October 11th (Cleveland’s home opener), and Saturday, October 12th. The team will then visit Utica for the Comets’ home opener on Wednesday, October 16th.

Syracuse finally comes home on Saturday, October 19th, as they host the defending Calder Cup champion Charlotte Checkers. This is the second straight season Syracuse has opened at home against Charlotte.

Breaking down the full schedule:

-Syracuse will face a total of 15 opponents, all within the Eastern Conference: Rochester (12), Utica (12), Binghamton (10), Belleville (6), Laval (6), Toronto (6), Charlotte (4), Cleveland (4), Bridgeport (4), Hershey (2), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (2), Hartford (2), Providence (2), Lehigh Valley (2), and Springfield (2).

-The schedule is very weekend-heavy, as Syracuse will play 26 Friday games, 27 Saturday games, and just six Sunday games. Thursday is the only day they will not play; the Crunch will have 12 Wednesday games, three Monday games (all holiday matinees), and two Tuesday night matchups.

-On 5 occasions, the Crunch will have the dreaded three-in-three weekend: November 1st-3rd (home against Bridgeport and Binghamton, then travel to Hershey); January 10th-12th (home against Laval and Rochester, then travel to Binghamton); February 21st-23rd (home against Cleveland and Lehigh Valley, travel to Springfield); March 20th-22nd (home against Binghamton, home and home against Utica); and March 27th-29th (home against Hershey, then travel to Belleville and Toronto).

Some key dates on the calendar:

Friday, October 4th: Syracuse opens the season in Rochester.

Saturday, October 19th: The Crunch finally kick off their home slate against Charlotte, also starting a five-game homestand.

Monday, November 11th: Syracuse heads east on Interstate 90 for a 3 PM Veterans Day matchup against Utica.

Wednesday, November 20th: The Crunch travel to Hartford for a special 11 AM start time against the Wolfpack.

Tuesday, December 31st: Syracuse ends the 2019 portion of the schedule with a 6:05 PM game in Binghamton.

Monday, January 20th: The Crunch host Utica at a special 1 PM start time on Martin Luther King Day.

Wednesday, February 5th: Syracuse visits Bridgeport for a special 10:30 AM schoolday matchup.

Monday, February 17th: On Presidents Day in America, the Crunch head north to Canada to visit Belleville for a special 2 PM start time.

Tuesday, March 17th: No better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a rare Tuesday night home game against the Comets!

Saturday, April 11th: Syracuse finishes the season on home ice against Utica.

The full Crunch schedule can be found here.