SYRACUSE -- There's plenty of excitement these days about the Syracuse Crunch, the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. The team has been undefeated so far, through the first two rounds of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Last Friday, a "Pregame in the Plaza" was offered to fans getting ready for the game in which Syracuse would clinch the Eastern Conference Semifinal series... and local radio and TV personalities were there too.
Here are Gomez and Dave, from the morning show at TK99 and TK105 (WTKW/WTKV). During their live broadcast, the pair talked with Syracuse Crunch defenseman Carl Nielsen.
CNY Central chief meteorologist Wayne Mahar was also on-hand for the festivities, interviewing former Crunch player Scott Walker (from the team's inaugural season 1994-95) on live TV. At far right, Lewis Karpel operates the camera.
The third round of the playoffs begins tomorrow, with the Crunch facing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for a best-of-seven series. The Crunch have home ice advantage for tomorrow night's game, along with game 2 on Sunday. If necessary, the series returns to Syracuse for game 5 on Saturday, June 1 and game 7 on Wednesday, June 5. All of the games are carried live on The Score 1260 (WSKO).
The winner of this series will become the Eastern Conference Champion, and will face the Western Conference Champion (which will be either the Oklahoma City Barons or the Grand Rapids Griffins) for the Calder Cup.
You can see more photos from last weekend's Pregame in the Plaza, taken by Scott Thomas Photography, on the Syracuse Crunch Facebook Page. The "preview" photo was snapped by your editor, who didn't make it to the plaza events, but was in attendance for the game itself.
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