Syracuse Crunch cruising toward potential record-breaking regular season
The Syracuse Crunch only cares about one bit of history this season- winning the franchise's first Calder Cup.
That said, the team is in position to do so thanks to a regular season that is potentially record breaking on several fronts.
With six games remaining, Ben Groulx's bunch can most impressively earn the most wins in franchise history. The reason that's potentially the most impressive mark is that the Crunch set it by winning 47 games in an 80 game season.
Now, the Crunch can surpass that in a 76 game season if it can win five of its last six games starting this weekend.
Additionally, 32 of the Crunch's current 43 wins have all come from win streaks of 10, 9, 7 and 6 respectively. With all the success, Syracuse can set another franchise mark for points percentage, if it can win three of its last six games.
"It's always fun to accomplish something, but what matters to us at the end of the day is winning games" said Groulx.
Indeed Groulx has lectured a fantastic group of young players, exactly 45% of the players the Crunch has used this season are rookies. 14 out of 31. Staggering.
"We've been winning and that obviously helps our confidence" says reigning AHL Rookie of the Month Mathieu Joseph.
Joseph though, is quick to deflect praise. At just 21 years old, he shows the team mentality of a seasoned pro. Perhaps, in one way, it's why these rookies are helping Syracuse to surge.
"It starts with the veterans, you know you can maybe look at the stat sheet and see all the rookies but it all starts with the veterans."