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      Crunch faithful watch first conference semifinal game in five years

      T onight the War Memorial roared to life. Fans cheered on their Syracuse Crunch as they continue their march through the playoffs winning their third straight game against Springfield. Typically this city bleeds orange for Syracuse University, but fans say they are bleeding Crunch blue.

      Thousands of fans scanned their tickets and took a trip through the turnstile to see their hometown Syracuse Crunch face off in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time in five years.

      The Crunch won the first two road games of the best of seven series in Springfield. Having the series lead over the Falcons has Crunch fans excited about the possibility of continuing this playoff run toward their first Calder Cup Championship since 1937.

      Frank Szymanoski came to tonight's game dressed in Syracuse gear, ready to help cheer on his team. "I think they have a good chance where they could go all the way I would think they can get to the next round no problem," says Szymanoski. "It's great we've been yearning for playoff hockey for a few years now and it's great top have a team back in it."

      Kristen Costello is Captain of the Ice Girls for the Crunch. Seeing this team day in and day out has her feeling that this year might be special. "It's really hyper right now, a lot of people are really excited, playoffs especially with the Syracuse Crunch. Wednesday night is kind of a slower night for game wise, but we've had a lot of fans walking in off the streets and buying tickets and stuff and it's been a great series so far," says Costello.

      Ale n' Angus typically will see its sales taper off as summer approaches, but this extended run into the playoffs are bringing in fans to get a drink or a bite to eat before the game.

      Randy Beach is the owner and he can't be happier to see his hometown team make it this far. "As you can see it's fantastic for the business, there's a lot of hype going on on the street, as it says we're all in. We're true supporters of the Crunch, they're a great partner," says Beach.

      A partner that both fans and business will root for as they continue further into the playoffs.