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It's Timo time for the Crunch

Crunch rookie goaltender Timo Pielmeier has been excellent so far this season. He started both games for the Crunch this past weekend, going 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and .969 save percentage. Pielmeier was outstanding on Friday night at home vs. Norfolk, allowing just one goal on 38 shots en route to being named the game TMs third star in a 3-1 win over the Admirals.

Pielmeier made the second of back-to-back starts on Saturday night at Hartford and stopped 26 of 27 shots, good enough to see his club come from behind to score with 24 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, then 45 seconds into overtime to win. The highlight of the night came about halfway through the second period when Pielmeier made a spectacular left pad save at point blank range to keep the game scoreless. He was named the game TMs second star for his effort. Pielmeier has started and won each of the Crunch TMs last three games, helping catapult the club to a 3-2-0-1 overall record. Over that stretch, the 6-0, 165-pound netminder has stopped 94 of 97 shots. He currently ranks among the AHL league leaders in wins (3 " tied for 7th), goals against average (1.51 " 6th) and save percentage (.956 " 5th).

A native of Deggendorf, Germany, Pielmeier was originally selected by San Jose in the third round, 83rd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Anaheim from San Jose along with Nick Bonino in exchange for Kent Huskins and Travis Moen on March 9, 2009.

LOOK OUT FOR LUCA: Defenseman Luca Sbisa has made quite an impression since being assigned by Anaheim to the Crunch on October 16. Over his first two games in a Crunch uniform, Sbisa has launched himself into a tie for the team lead in scoring with four points (1g, 3a).

Sbisa made his Crunch debut on October 22 vs. Norfolk and wasted no time making an impact, rocketing a one-timer from the point on the power play past Cedrick Desjardins at the 12:16 mark of the first. His goal turned out to be the game-winner. Sbisa also added an assist on Nicolas Deschamps TM second goal of the game at the 8:25 mark of the third period.

Sbisa contributed two more helpers on Saturday at Hartford, and set up the overtime game-winner with a great individual effort by skating the puck from end to end, eventually circling the net and centering a pass that was deflected, but Josh Green was able to find and put into the open cage to seal the win.

A native of Ozieri, Italy, Sbisa was acquired by Anaheim along with Joffrey Lupul, a first-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (Kyle Palmieri), a first-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (Emerson Etem), and a conditional third-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from Philadelphia in exchange for Chris Pronger on June 26, 2009. He was originally selected by Philadelphia in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

UPCOMING GAMES:

HAMILTON BULLDOGS (MONTREAL CANADIENS): The Crunch travel to Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario Wednesday night for a mid-week matchup and first of four games against the Bulldogs this season. The Crunch were 0-1-1-0 last season and are 44-41-13 in 98 all-time contests vs. Hamilton. The Bulldogs boast three of the AHL TMs top-15 scorers in defenseman Yannick Weber (5g, 4a), and forwards David Desharnais (3g, 6a) and Ben Maxwell (3g, 6a). Goaltender Robert Mayer has started five of six games for Hamilton this season, going 2-2-1 with a 2.72 goals against average and .897 save percentage.

HERSHEY BEARS (WASHINGTON CAPITALS): The reigning Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears skate into Syracuse on Friday night for the first of six games between the two clubs this season. This will be a clash of the AHL TMs second-best offense (Hershey " 3.86 GPG) and the league TMs first-ranked defense (Syracuse " 1.83 GAPG). The Crunch took one of six meetings against Hershey last season and are 27-41-12 in 80 all-time contests against the Bears. Keith Aucoin, the 2009-10 AHL MVP, leads Hershey TMs offense and the league in scoring with 13 points (3g, 10a) through his first seven games. Teammate Andrew Gordon is right behind and is tied for third in the AHL with 11 points (6g, 5a).

ALBANY DEVILS (NEW JERSEY DEVILS): The Crunch welcome in Albany on Saturday night for the first of eight games against the Devils this season. The Crunch went 1-1-0-0 against Albany last year when the club played in Lowell, Massachusetts as the Lowell Devils. Albany is led in scoring by Stephen Gionta, who has four points (1g, 3a) in five games. Goaltender Jeff Frazee is 2-1-0 with a 2.05 goals against average and .920 save percentage in three games this season.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS:

CRUNCH FOUNDATION TO HOST ~PINK IN THE RINK TM THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30: The Syracuse Crunch announced today that the Crunch Foundation, the club TMs charitable arm, is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Upstate Medical University to host ~Pink in the Rink, TM a breast cancer awareness night, as the team takes on the Albany Devils on Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, fans are encouraged to wear pink to this Saturday TMs October 30 game vs. Albany. Fans are also encouraged to visit Memorial Hall on the first floor of the concourse for special ~Pink in the Rink TM activities hosted by the Crunch Foundation. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, the Crunch Foundation will sell one hundred (100) pink mystery pucks. For only $10, fans will have the opportunity to purchase pink bags, containing one limited edition pink puck autographed by a ~mystery TM Crunch player.

In addition, the Crunch Foundation will hold a silent auction in Memorial Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. through the second intermission. Items to be auctioned include pink New Era caps autographed by Crunch players and pink game-worn neck ties autographed by Head Coach Mark Holick and Assistant Coach Mike Stapleton. Proceeds from both the pink ~mystery puck TM fundraiser and silent auction will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Upstate Cancer Center.

SYRACUSE STARS THROWBACK JERSEY AUCTION CONTINUES: The Syracuse Crunch announced that they are now accepting bids for the 2010-11 Syracuse Stars throwback jerseys at the club TMs online eBay store, which can be found here . The Crunch wore the Stars throwback jerseys during their opening weekend home-and-home series vs. Lake Erie on October 8 and 9.

In honor of the AHL TMs 75th anniversary, teams from the league TMs six senior-most cities participated in a set of three home-and-home series TM during the first week of the season with each wearing throwback jerseys. The Crunch wore the sweaters of the Syracuse Stars, who won the first-ever Calder Cup in 1936-37.

In addition, fans can bid on Syracuse TMs 2010-11 Syracuse Stars throwback jerseys in person at the next two Crunch home games at the guest services table starting on Friday, October 29. The auction ends on Sunday, October 31. All winning bids will be notified within 48 hours of the conclusion of the auction. Winners are responsible for shipping and handling costs. Jerseys are not autographed.

NATIONAL DELI DOLLAR HOT DOG FRIDAYS CONTINUES AT OCTOBER 29 GAME VS. HERSHEY: National Deli Dollar Hot Dog Night continues this Friday, October 29 vs. Hershey. All fans in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase National Deli Hot Dogs for just $1.

RIUNITE WINE SAMPLING NIGHT SET FOR THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 VS. ALBANY: All fans 21 years of age and older at the Crunch TMs Saturday, October 30 game vs. Albany will have the opportunity to sample Riunite Lambrusco and Riunite D TMOro, America TMs all-time favorite Italian wine for more than four decades. Sampling will take place just outside of Memorial Hall beginning when doors open at 6:30 p.m. and continue through the second intermission. This is the first of a series of Riunite Wine Sampling Nights during the 2010-11 Crunch season.

CRUNCHABLES: The Crunch are the only AHL team where rookies account for four of its top five leading scorers (Nicolas Deschamps, Kyle Palmieri, Nick Bonino and Brandon McMillan)|Josh Green TMs goal Saturday was his first as a member of the Crunch|Bonino has a three-game assist streak...Bonino grew up in the Hartford area and had many friends and family at Saturday TMs game... Deschamps has a three-game point streak (3g,1a)|The Crunch had a season-high 23 shots on goal Saturday|It marked the first time the Crunch have hit the 20-shot mark in six games this season|When the Crunch face Hartford again on December 19, they will be known as the Connecticut Whale.

Courtesy: Syracuse Crunch

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