FALCONS BATTLE HARD TO THE VERY END
April 11, 2009 - The Springfield Falcons lost their season finale on Saturday night dropping a 5-3 decision to the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. The Falcons trailed 2-0 and 3-1, but rallied to even the score entering the third period.
The Falcons fell behind 2-0 in the first period when Hartford's Patrick Rissmiller and Artem Anisimov scored less than six minutes into the opening frame. Ryan Stone cut Springfield's deficit to 2-1 with a power play goal at 6:23 of the first period.
David Urquhart gave Hartford a 3-1 lead at 17:40 of the first period, but Springfield tied the score with power play goals from Ryan Potulny and Jordan Eberle in the second period.
Deadlocked at 3-3 in the third period, Hartford's Dale Weise scored his 11th marker of the campaign at 10:50, the game-winning goal of the night. Greg Moore added an insurance empty net goal in the game's final seconds giving Hartford a two-goal win.
Bryan Young left the game in the first period and didn't return after taking a puck in the mouth.
Ryan Potulny finished the year with a team-leading 38 goals, second only to John LeBlanc's franchise record of 39.
Jordan Eberle finished his stint with the Falcons averaging a-point-a-game scoring three goals and six assists for nine points in nine games.
Lefebvre - Spurgeon - McDonald
Stone - Potulny - Eberle
Linglet - Schremp - Willis
Benson - O'Marra - Trukhno
Young - Gabinet
Wild - Stamoulis
Maslonka - Anderson
FALCONS SCRATCHES - Jake Taylor (Injured), Bryan Lerg (Injured), Tim Sestito (Injured), Stephane Goulet (Injured), Gilbert Brule (Injured), Geoff Paukovich (Injured), Mathieu Roy (Injured), Jeff Lee (Healthy)