On October 5th, the Syracuse Crunch will begin their quest to defend the American Hockey Leagueâ??s Eastern Conference Championship and capture their first ever Calder Cup. That night, at 7:05 pm, the Crunch will play their first game of the 2013-14 AHL season in the Broome County War Memorial against division rival Binghamton Senators.
The next weekend, the Crunch will make their home debut as they take on long time rivals Rochester Americans (Amerks) in the War Memorial at 7pm.
Their schedule features 10 games against both Binghamton and Wilkes-Barre Scranton, whom they beat to win the Eastern Conference Championship last season.
They will also face Rochester, Norfolk and Hershey 8 times (including a game on February 23rd against the Bears in the Verizon Center in Washington DC, which is home to the Bearâ??s NHL affiliate Washington Capitals). Other opponents include Adirondack, Albany, Springfield, Hamilton (including a game at the Bell Centre in Montreal on November 23rd, home of Hamiltonâ??s NHL affiliate Montreal Canadians), St. Johnâ??s, Providence, Bridgeport and Toronto.
This will be the Crunchâ??s 20th season in the American Hockey League.
Heading East on I-90, the Utica Comets will begin their inaugural AHL season on October 11th on the road against Rochester and will play home for the first time on October 23rd against Albany. Their opponents also include Hamilton, Abbottsford, Texas, Lake Erie, Adirondack, Chicago, Rockford, San Antonio, Texas, Oklahoma City, Iowa, Milwaukee, WB/Scranton and Toronto.
Syracuse and Utica will renew their rivalry four times this season, with games in Utica on October 25th and January 31st and in Syracuse on February 21st and April 5th. Utica will play their home games in the Utica Auditorium.
Click here for a link to the full schedule for Utica.
Below is the Syracuse Crunch 2013-14 schedule: OCTOBER (8 games - 4 home, 4 road)5 Saturday @ Binghamton 7:05 p.m.12 Saturday ROCHESTER 7:00 p.m.13 Sunday WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 5:00 p.m.18 Friday BINGHAMTON 7:00 p.m.19 Saturday @ Binghamton 7:05 p.m.25 Friday @ Utica 7:00 p.m.26 Saturday BRIDGEPORT 7:00 p.m.30 Wednesday @ Albany 7:00 p.m. NOVEMBER (12 games - 5 home, 7 road)1 Friday ROCHESTER 7:00 p.m.2 Saturday @ Binghamton 7:05 p.m.6 Wednesday @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05 p.m.8 Friday @ Norfolk 7:30 p.m.9 Saturday @ Norfolk 7:15 p.m.15 Friday WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 7:00 p.m.16 Saturday ALBANY 7:00 p.m.22 Friday @ Hamilton (Bell Centre, Montreal) 7:30 p.m.23 Saturday HAMILTON 7:00 p.m.27 Wednesday @ Binghamton 7:05 p.m.29 Friday ST. JOHN'S 7:00 p.m.30 Saturday @ Adirondack 7:00 p.m.
DECEMBER (11 games - 5 home, 6 road)6 Friday NORFOLK 7:00 p.m.7 Saturday NORFOLK 7:00 p.m.10 Tuesday @ St. John's 6:00 p.m.11 Wednesday @ St. John's 6:00 p.m.14 Saturday ROCHESTER 7:00 p.m.18 Wednesday @ Hershey 7:00 p.m.20 Friday BINGHAMTON 7:00 p.m.21 Saturday @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05 p.m.27 Friday @ Hershey 7:00 p.m.28 Saturday NORFOLK 7:00 p.m.31 Tuesday @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5:05 p.m.
JANUARY (12 games - 4 home, 8 road)3 Friday @ Toronto 7:00 p.m.4 Saturday @ Binghamton 7:05 p.m.8 Wednesday @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05 p.m.10 Friday @ Providence 7:05 p.m.11 Saturday PROVIDENCE 7:00 p.m.17 Friday HERSHEY 7:00 p.m.18 Saturday BINGHAMTON 7:00 p.m.24 Friday HERSHEY 7:00 p.m.25 Saturday @ Hershey 7:00 p.m.26 Sunday @ Bridgeport 5:00 p.m.29 Wednesday @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05 p.m.31 Friday @ Utica 7:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY (10 games - 5 home, 5 road)1 Saturday NORFOLK 3:00 p.m.5 Wednesday @ Rochester 7:05 p.m.7 Friday @ Springfield 7:00 p.m.8 Saturday SPRINGFIELD 7:00 p.m.14 Friday @ Norfolk 7:30 p.m.15 Saturday @ Norfolk 7:15 p.m.21 Friday UTICA 7:00 p.m.22 Saturday @ Hershey 7:00 p.m.23 Sunday HERSHEY (Verizon Center, Wash. DC) 5:00 p.m.28 Friday WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 7:00 p.m.
MARCH (14 games - 10 home, 4 road)1 Saturday ADIRONDACK 7:00 p.m.2 Sunday @ Adirondack 5:00 p.m.7 Friday @ Rochester 7:05 p.m.8 Saturday ROCHESTER 7:00 p.m.9 Sunday BINGHAMTON 3:00 p.m.14 Friday HERSHEY 7:00 p.m.15 Saturday HAMILTON 7:00 p.m.16 Sunday @ Albany 5:00 p.m.21 Friday WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 7:00 p.m.22 Saturday ALBANY 7:00 p.m.23 Sunday @ Adirondack 5:00 p.m.26 Wednesday ST. JOHN'S 7:00 p.m.28 Friday ADIRONDACK 7:00 p.m.29 Saturday BINGHAMTON 7:00 p.m.
APRIL (9 games - 5 home, 4 road)2 Wednesday @ Rochester 7:05 p.m.4 Friday ALBANY 7:00 p.m.5 Saturday UTICA 7:00 p.m.11 Friday WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 7:00 p.m.12 Saturday TORONTO 7:00 p.m.13 Sunday @ Albany 5:00 p.m.16 Wednesday ADIRONDACK 7:00 p.m.18 Friday @ Rochester 7:05 p.m.19 Saturday @ Hamilton 7:00 p.m.
HOME GAMES IN CAPSAll times listed are Eastern TimeGame times subject to change - check local listings