The Syracuse Crunch (4-6-1-2, 11 pts, 5th place in the North Division) visit the Springfield Thunderbirds (6-5-0-2, 14 pts, 5th place in the Atlantic Division) on Wednesday for the first of two regular season meetings between the teams. The game scheduled to start at 10:35 am EST.
Yes, you read that correctly – 10:35 am.
The unusual start time is due Wednesday’s game being a “School Day Game”. The School Day Game is a partnership between the Thunderbirds, Springfield Public Schools, and local businesses that allows for students to attend the game that becomes an educational setting as well. For more about this unique game and concept, visit http://T-Birds to Host School Day Game | Springfield Thunderbirds https://www.springfieldthunderbirds.com/news/detail/t-birds-to-host-school-day-game.
On the ice, Syracuse and Springfield will be battling to move up the standings in their respective divisions. The Crunch last played on Saturday night which was an 8-3 win over the Utica Comets, and are riding a two game winning streak. The Thunderbirds also last played on Saturday night, and they too were victorious – defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-2 in the Penguins home rink.
With the Crunch and Thunderbirds playing a game when they would normally be having a morning skate, let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other.
Syracuse Crunch Team Offense
Goals For: 47 (2nd in the AHL).
Goals For Per Game (average): 3.6
Power Play: 21.4% (9 for 42 – 13th in the AHL).
Springfield Thunderbirds Team Offense
Goals For: 38 (17th in the AHL)
Goals For Per Game (average): 2.9
Power Play: 12.7% (7 for 55 – 30th in the AHL).
Syracuse Crunch Top Five Scorers
1.) Alex Barre-Boulet: 4 goals + 16 assists = 20 points. Barre-Boulet is 1st in the AHL in points and assists, and 3rd in shots.
2.) Darren Raddysh: 5 goals + 13 assists = 18 points. Raddysh is 3rd in the AHL in points, 4th in assists, and 10th in shots (and 1st among defensemen in both).
3.) Felix Robert: 7 goals + 5 assists = 12 points. Robert is 17th in the AHL in goals.
4.) Simon Ryfors: 8 goals + 3 assists = 11 points. Ryfors is 6th in the AHL in goals.
5.) Gemel Smith: 3 goals + 8 assists = 11 points.
Barre-Boulet leads the Crunch in shots with 49.
Springfield Thunderbirds Top Five Scorers
1.) Matthew Highmore: 3 goals + 10 assists = 13 points. Highmore is 13th in the AHL in assists.
2.) Nathan Todd: 8 goals + 4 assists = 12 points. Todd is 5th in the AHL in goals.
3.) Martin Frk: 1 goal + 10 assists = 11 points. Frk is 8th in the AHL in assists.
4/5.): Will Bitten(6 goals + 1 assist), Mathias Laferriere (2 goals + 5 assists), and Matthew Kessel (1 goal + 6 assists) are all tied with 7 points each.
Bitten leads the Thunderbirds in shots with 37.
Syracuse Crunch Team Defense
Goals Against: 48 (30th in the AHL).
Goals Against Per Game (average): 3.7
Penalty Kill: 77.6% (38 for 49 – 22nd in the AHL).
Springfield Thunderbirds Team Defense
Goals Against: 35 (11th in the AHL).
Goals Against Per Game (average): 2.7
Penalty Kill: 83.3% (50 for 60 – 9th in the AHL).
Syracuse Crunch Goaltending
Max Lagace has a record of 3-4-2 with a GAA of 3.74, and a save percentage of 0.884.
Hugo Alnefelt has a record of 1-2-1 with a GAA of 2.55, a save percentage of 0.920, and one shutout. Alnefelt is 15th in the AHL in save percentage and 18th in GAA.
Springfield Thunderbirds Goaltending
Joel Hofer has a record of 4-4-1 with a GAA of 2.43, and a save percentage of 0.923. Hofer is 11th in the AHL in save percentage, 15th in GAA, and 18th in wins.
Vadim Zherenko has a record of 2-1-1 with a GAA of 2.48, and a save percentage of 0.932. Zherenko is 5th in the AHL in save percentage and 17th in GAA.