Happy New Year, Crunch fans! Alex Ackerman welcomes Raw Charge contributor Lee Wright to the podcast. Lee covers the Crunch for Raw Charge, a site that covers the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for SB Nation. He has been writing about the team since the beginning of the year. Lee and Alex settle in for a lively conversation about the team’s most recent performance, one that has differed a bit from what Syracuse was showing prior to the holiday break. Lee expresses the opinion that the team is “out of their groove,” and the two speculate together as to what is going on, among many other topics. Players discussed include Trevor Carrick, Hugo Alnefelt, Felix Robert, Alex Barre-Boulet, Philippe Myers, Darren Raddysh, Cal Foote, Tyson Fiest, Shawn Element, Gabriel Dumont, Jack LaFontaine, Gemel Smith. and Max Lagace.
The two then move into an in-depth discussion about a specific game, Syracuse’s January 7th tilt against Rochester. They zero in on a scrum that happened at the end of the game that heavily involved Jack LaFontaine, the team’s current backup goalie on recall from the ECHL, and Gemel Smith. Alex and Lee discuss the pros and cons of LaFontaine’s involvement in the scrum, something that is potentially complicated by a possible injury to team starter Max Lagace and ponder what the league may do in response to the activities of the evening. They then take a look at the team’s upcoming schedule together and examine the playoff-like nature of the Crunch’s schedule for the rest of January. Of note is that this episode was recorded prior to the team’s game at Hershey on Sunday.