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Syracuse Crunch pay tribute to Humboldt Broncos, fall to Amerks in regular season finale

Members of the Syracuse Crunch hockey team wore "Humboldt" stitched on the back of their jerseys during Saturday night's regular season finale.

The Syracuse Crunch joined forced with the hockey community Saturday night, honoring the victims of the deadly bus crash that caused several fatalities last week for the Humboldt Broncos.

Each and every member of the Crunch wore jerseys where the name "Humboldt" was stitched on instead of their traditional last names.

CNY Central Sports Director Niko Tamurian spoke with Crunch rookie goalie Connor Ingram on Friday, a former member of the Humboldt Broncos team, who lost friends to the deadly accident.

"Yeah, it hasn't been in easy for sure," Ingram said. "It's a thing in hockey that all of us do -- spend so many hours in the bus. We take it for granted. It just so happened to hit closer to home for me. It hasn't been easy since that day."

Saturday night's jerseys will be auctioned off with the proceeds going towards STARS Air Ambulance, which used three aircrafts to transport four patients to area hospitals following the tragic bus accident in Saskatchewan.

The jersey auction will go live Sunday morning, according to the Syracuse Crunch's Instagram account.

The Crunch met the Rochester Amerks in the regular season finale Saturday night, an opponent they will also see in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs next week.

Syracuse took the early 1-0 lead, but Rochester went on to score the next two goals, coasting to the 4-2 win on a night where the Crunch sat several of their starters ahead of the playoff run.

Game one of the Calder Cup Playoffs will begin Friday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial.

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