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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 2005, Syracuse, New York PAGE 02 THE POST-STANDARD Friday, January Area mountain paths top out at nearly 100 BOBN1EDT OHTHfSlOfES We're head- ing into the heart of the ski and snowboard season and on- slope events are So is the rac- ing season. With accelerated snow levels within the last week and more deep-cold temperatures, more We're nding and sliding on 100 percent of the region's 96 trails: Greek Peak (26 Toggen- burg (24 trails) and 23 trails each at Labrador and Song Moun- tains. A packed events calendar and the lure of lots of powder will fi- nally grow those lift lines this So let's see what's going on: GreeK Peak turns on the fun this weekend when the SoBe Ride Slide Snow Days come to town. The family fun event is a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It's all about product placement, but who cares? Free samples, T- shirts and a DJ blasting music from inside Katalima. Teens hit Greek on Sunday for Junior I and Junior II slalom rac- ers. The 15- to 18-year-olds spend many a weekend practic- ing and competing. This week- end's event is the Empire race. Younger racers ages 11-14 in the Central Council are competing at Labrador Mountain Lab also has Team NASTAR races at 2 p.m. Sunday. New York state's college ski racers are at Whiteface Mountain in d er event this week- end. Both state divisions of the Mideast conference of the Unit- ed States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association that have local colleges or universi- ties face off once each season. Schools from Western New- York are also competing. Empire Division teams are Syracuse University. Alfred, Cornell, Ithaca, Geneseo State, Morrisville State, University of Buffalo, SUNY Binghamton, Hobart William Smith, St. Bonaventure, University of Rochester and Rochester Insti- tute of Technology. Adirondack Division teams are Colgate, Hamilton, Rensse- laer Polytechnic institute, Clarkson, Union, U.S. Military Academy, Skidmore, SUNY Al- bany and Paul Smith's. In racing last weekend the Empire Division at Swain, host- the overall event in the women's races, followed by Syracuse and Buffalo. In the men's division, Alfred came in first, Syracuse took sec- ond and Buffalo captured third. The Adirondack Division raced at snowy Toggenburg. OarVson. Colgate and FPf took the top spots in Saturday's giant slalom in the women's di- vision. First through third in Sunday's slalom were Clarkson, Hamilton and Colgate. Overall in the women's divi- sion, powerful Clarkson took first place, followed by a steady Colgate. Hamilton took third. Clarkson's Krista Hoisington won the slalom race. Clarkson's Mallory Gilmore won the giant slalom. In the men's division, Clarks- on won the giant slalom, fol- lowed by Colgate and Army. Clarkson also won the slalom, again followed by Colgate. RPf took third. Those were the over- all team standings, too. Clarkson's Josh Edinger took first in the slalom and giant sla- lom. Colgate coach Jim Longo was pleased with the races, even with the strength of the deep Ciarkson team. "I was reaiiy pleased with our kids. They're skiing with good fundamentals. My hope is to get them a little faster by the time the season's Longo said. "Clarkson's women won by a large margin. The men's side was a little bit closer with Col- gate, but Clarkson is the defend- ing league champion and return- ing a lot of talent." Contact Bob Niedt at 470-2264 or e- mail bmedtOsyraciiSe com. TV radio at a glance TODAY EVENT TIME TV RADIO BASKETBALL NB4 Toronto Papto's at Charlotte Bobcats NBA Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks Women's College: Pennsylvania at Yale UDM. sacramento wngi at nousion Fioo-cu NBA: New Jersey Nets at Los Angeles Lakers NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks 7pm 7p.m. ESN ESPN MSG 7pm. YES row p.ilt. 10.30 p.m. YES 3 z.m. ESPN2 BOXING Friday Night Fights. Rodney Jones vs Teddy Reid, super welterweights, from Airway Heights, Wash 7.30p.m. ESPN2 TENNIS Australian Open: men's second semifinal, from Melbourne, Australia (tape) 2 p.m. ESPN2 Australian Open: women's final, Serena Williams vs. Lindsay Davenport, from Melbourne, Australia p.m. ESPN2 4-gome planner A look ahead at area sporting events: SU basketball JAN. FEE. at Pittsburgh 7p.m. home vs. Notre Dame 9 p.m. home vs. Connecticut 7p.m. at Villanova I noon LeMoyne mens hoops vs. St Anselm p.m. Tickets: Individual game tickets vary from to JAN. at (home vs. Hamilton p.m. Birm. Cleveland 7p.m. GOLF European PGA: Caltex Masters, second round, from Singapore (tape) PGA; Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, third round, from La Quinta, Calif PGA Champions. Turtle Bay Championship, first round, from Kahuku, 4p.m. USA HOCKEY College. St. Lawrence at Colgate College: Northern Michigan at Michigan AHL Syracuse Crunch at Hamilton p.m. p 620 SPORTS Hockey All Work, Veteran Reich unable to crack- Crunch lineup By Lindsay Kramer Staff writer Left winger Jeremy Reich has laced up his skates for 300 Syracuse Crunch games, spilling a few buck- ets of blood and sweat along the way. Consistently working his way into the lineup any time soon may prove to be a more exhausting exercise. Natural selection has set in among the Cru.icVs veterans, a group that include' Reich. Reich's physical style and solid work ethic have usually made him an ef- fective third-line grinder. These days, no matter how much he huffs and puffs and he's doing that a lot he can't earn a spot on the ice. Reich, whose games-played total is second to that of only Mark Worton (310) in team history, has been a healthy scratch in five of the last six games. Some of that is because of inconsistent play. But the greater problem is that the one trait that's made him so handy he shows up for work every day has for now made him a spare part. For AHL purposes, a veteran is a play- er who, at the start of a season, has played in 260 AHL, fflL or European elite league games. Teams can dress five of those players per game. Syracuse has six, also including forwards Chris and Peter Ferraro and defensemen Francois Beauchemin, Jamie Pushor and Zenith Komarniski. Crunch coach Gary Agnew has made it dear uiat he will dress the five veterans who are playing the best. Lately, that standard has excluded Reich. Reich de- clined to discuss the topic but given his fiery nature there's little doubt he's no fan of the AHL's new math. "Obviously, everybody wants to play no matter who you said Crunch center Brad Moran, Reich's teammate for five years. "That's the thing that makes it hard. He's not a first-year guy coming in here. He's paid his dues. It's a tough situation to be in." And, as well-liked as Reich is, ulti- mately a lonely one, too. Players who are healthy scratches are typically run through extra drills at the end of team morning skates on game days. The work is meant to maintain con- ditioning, although it often has the feel and appearance of a student asked to stay- after school. This has been Reich's lot as of late. Wednesday morning, the day of the Crunch's game at Scranton, Reich and Syracuse assistant Ross Yates again went through what has thpir familiar rm.jtijie OP the Onondaga County War Memorial ice. At one end, rookie forwards Janne Jok- iia, Greg Mauldin and Steve Goertzen took turns firing pucks at an empty net At the other, Yates lined up a row of pucks between the circles. Yates had Reich take a shot on goalie Andrew Pen- ner, sprint to the near blue line, then skate back, stop and shoot again. Soon, Jokila, Mauldin and Goertzen picked up their pucks and left. Yates, meanwhile, set up pucks along the boards in his end. Reich swooped in to pick up one, circled to the crease, shot, and then Dick Blume Staff photographer JEREMY REICH has played 300 games as a member of the Syracuse Crunch, but some inconsistent of late and the presence of one too many veterans on the roster has made it tough for him to get back on the ice this season. sprinted to the opposite boards to repeat the drill. Moran, stopping off before his shower, briefly watched from a corridor. Moran and Reich are both alternate captains this season. For now, Moran gets to lead by example. Reich must lead by muting whatever frustration he feels. "He's got enough respect for every- body here that he's not making it a dis- traction for the Moran said. "He's a professional, that's the best way to say it." Eventually, even Penner headed to the locker room. That left Yates alone to put Wpirh through a final sprip sprints. The coach made Reich skate from one goal line to the near blue line and back, then to the center line and back, then to the far blue line and back and lastly to the far goal line and back. Between reps, the red-faced Reich bent over at the waist, At one point during the drills Yates and Reich chatted. Yates wouldn't speci- fy the details of the talk but left it con- vinced Reich knows he must make his presence felt. The last time Reich played, against Cleveland on Jan. 15, Yates thought Reich was present, but nothing more. Overall, Reich has just seven points in 35 games this season after posting 51 in 72 games last year. "When he gets his chance, he has to do what he's done previously for us finish checks, get to the net, play a physi- cal game, impact the Agnew said. "We've still got (38) games to go. Anything can happen. He said he wants to make sure he's ready to skate when it's his time." That time could be tonight, when Syra- cuse visits Hamilton, or perhaps Reich will be a spectator again. The Crunch has won three straight, sivins Agnew oause before making any major lineup changes. That's all beyond Reich's control, as he pointed out after his morning skate ended Wednesday. Apart from stressing that he's trying to stay positive, the usually talkative Reich politely refrained from sharing his feelings for this story. But he had one request. He didn't want to be portrayed as ticked off. Reich can snarl with the best of them, but only when he's wearing a game face. Then Reich quickly peeled off his gear and hustled out of the locker room, leav- ing it empty behind him. Syracuse Crunch WEEKEND FACEOFF Tickets: Individual game tickets vary. Call 443-2121 or 1-888-366-3849. Heavy traffic ahead The first of consecutive three-iii-three weekends will test nicked-up Syracuse's depth and its resolve to move up in the North Division. A three-game winning streak has nudged the last- place Crunch in the right direction, but the skating will only get tougher if that final playoff position comes into sight to Tickets: Individual game tickets vary from to Call 315-473-4444. Other highlights Today, 7 p.m.: Colgate men's hockey vs. St Lawrence Today, p.m.: Colgate women's basketball vs. Navy Saturday. 1 p.m.: SU women's basketball vs. Villanova Saturday, 7 p.m.: Colgate men's nocKey vs. uarruon Sunday, 2 Colgate women's basketball vs. American UK weekend watch The Bulldogs got back into the North Division playoff race on the strength of a recent three-game road trip where they earned five of a possible six points. After scoring two goals in his first 38 games, right winger Gavin Morgan has five in his last four. The Crunch needs to cast a wary eye on Penguins right winger Michel Ouellet. Although he's second in the A HI with yi arvjk qrmp straight without scoring. The Crunch has yet to solve the Senators this season, and the riddle keeps getting tougher. The Sens have won 10 straight at home and nine in a row overall. As usual, offense is the key Binghamton is averaging more than 4.5 goals per game during its last 16 games, and the power play has climbed to the top of the AHL wiui a pcikcui Aoit. Keep OR eye on The reawakening of Binghamton defenseman Anton Vokhenkov: He has registered 13 points and a plus-9 rating during the Sens' nine-game winning streak after contributing nine points and a minus- 1 in the prior 26. CENTER BRAD MORAN is two points shy of becoming only the second player in team history to tally 200 career points. JohnE, Syracuse Crunch winner Colbv Armstrong: With 28 points, the former first-round pick total from last season. Binghamton left winger Denis Hamel: He's sizzling on anil- game point streak Comoilpdbv uriuidy Kramer five basks TODAY Hamilton Bulldogs When: p.m. Where: Copps Coliseum SATURDAY Penguins When: p.m. Where: War Memorial SUNDAY BinghMnton SciMtois When: 5 p.m. wnienK Broome County ;