FALCONS BEAT MONARCHS 4-3
March 20, 2009 - The Springfield Falcons earned a point in the standings for the fourth straight game beating the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 in a shootout in front of 3,161 at the MassMutual Center on Friday night. The Falcons have now gone to the shootout in four straight games going 2-0-0-2 in that span. Springfield has now earned a point in four straight games for the first time since they collected points in six straight contests from October 31 - November 14.
The night didn't start out perfect for the Falcons as Manchester opened the scoring at 5:53 of the first period when Brian Boyle tallied his 10th goal of the year. Springfield pulled even at 10:37 of the opening frame when Ryan Stone's slap shot beat Monarchs goaltender Daniel Taylor tying the score at 1-1 through 20 minutes of play.
The Falcons took their first lead of the night at 7:45 of the second period when Ryan Potulny scored on the power play, his 28th goal of the year. Manchester tied the score at 2-2 when Tom Preissing tallied on the man advantage at 15:26 of the middle frame.
With the game deadlocked at 2-2 into the third period, Potulny gave the Falcons a one-goal lead for the second time on the evening when he converted his team-leading 29th marker of the season at 6:38. With the Falcons holding on to a one-goal advantage, Manchester's Marty Murray sent the game to overtime with his 13th goal of the year with 1:02 remaining in regulation.
After a scoreless overtime, the Falcons were once again in a shootout. Rob Schremp and Potulny opened the scoring in the shootout on Springfield's first two shots, while goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped four of five shooters earning the win in goal.
1. Potulny - Spf - 2 goal
2. Preissing - Man - 1 goal, 2 assists
3. Dubnyk - Spf - 32 saves
Schremp - Potulny - Willis
Stone - O'Marra - Linglet
Lefebvre - Paukovich - McDonald
Trukhno - Spurgeon - Benson
Young - Roy
Gabinet - Bina
Wild - Chorney
FALCONS SCRATCHES - Jake Taylor (Injured), Bryan Lerg (Injured), Tim Sestito (Injured), Stephane Goulet (Injured), Gilbert Brule (Injured)