Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The pre-game party is underway right now leading up to the Syracuse Crunch’s playoff game against Springfield.
The party is going on next to the Everson, across from the War Memorial, in Downtown Syracuse.
The team is looking to sweep its second straight series in the Calder Cup Playoffs, but the owner of the Crunch has gone on record with his disappointment in the community’s support of the team’s playoff run.
The party wasn’t announced until Thursday – the day after a game-three win in Syracuse
and owner Howard Dolgon’s comments about a lack of support for the team.
Dolgon says he’s just being honest.
"I was disappointed in the crowd. I believe this market can and will do better, I believe this team deserves better support. It's a great product and the playoffs in hockey are the best product. That's all I said, I didn't challenge anybody, I was being myself,” he said.
Dolgon says even those who don’t consider themselves hockey fans won’t be disappointed if they come to a game.
The Crunch hasn’t lost a playoff game yet this season – winning six straight games. They’re the only team in the playoffs with an unblemished record.
Dolgon says they’re not just great players, they’re great guys off the ice as well.
“We may own the team, but the fans really own the team, the market does. If a community can have that feeling much like they do when SU goes to the Final Four, much like they do when the football team makes a bowl game, own it, support it because your support means a lot to the guys on the ice,” Dolgon said.
If Syracuse wins tonight, it will reach the conference finals for the first time in 18 years, which was the team’s second season in the league.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. tonight at the War Memorial.
Tickets range from $22 to $26.
Howard Dolgon recently visited with NewsChannel 9 sports director Steve Infanti and Chris McManus. Click here for the full interview