Syracuse Crunch Start 2010 With a Win

Ryan MaloneyContributor IIJanuary 3, 2010

After a dreadful first-half of the season, the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League began the new decade on the right skate, pounding Albany 6-3 Saturday at the War Memorial at Oncenter.

Albany's first goal on Saturday deflected off the stick of Crunch defenseman Jonathan Sigalet and over goalie Kevin Lalande; the second hit off the skate of defenseman Brendan Bell.

Other than that, Lalande was excellent in net, including two game-turning saves on breakaways by the Rats Jerome Samson.

How fantastic is it to have Mike Blunden back?

His first goal of the night was quite possibly the first highlight reel goal we’ve had all season. You could tell he was ready to come to Syracuse and work to get back in the NHL.

It stinks that his high performance might mean losing him sooner, but, hell, if he can come in and help even a little at digging the Crunch out of this hole…oh man.

I’d take a few more of those pretty goals, I can tell you that much. Kind of funny that he comes to this team and is the only one scoring pretty goals besides ECHL’er Tomas Kana, but that’s where our cards are right now.

The Crunch boarded a bus for Hartford immediately after the game, where they are now playing the Wolfpack.