FALCONS RALLY TO BEAT TIGERS 4-3
November 16, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons rallied from an early 2-0 deficit and beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-3 at the MassMutual Center on Tuesday night improving their record to 9-6-0-1 on the season. With the win, Springfield jumped back into second place in the Atlantic Division. The Falcons will return home on Friday night when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack at The Nest.
The Falcons were led by the line of Matt Calvert, Ben Guite and Tomas Kubalik who accounted for four goals and four assists on the night, including a pair of markers by Kubalik. Kubalik netted the game-tying and game-winning goals while also picking up two assists on the night. Guite scored his third goal of the year and added two assists, while Calvert scored his eight goal of the year and extended his scoring streak to six straight games.
"Ben (Guite) has a very good way with young players and explaining things and sometimes it's better coming from their peers than the coaches," said Falcons head coach Rob Riley. "That line has really started to click and they were very good tonight."
The night didn't start out the way Springfield had plained and it was too similar to the way the game started in Bridgeport back on November 3. The Sound Tigers came out fast in the opening period and used a pair of power play goals in the first eight minutes of play taking a quick 2-0 lead. Brett Motherwell scored at 5:10 on the man advantage, followed by Robin Figren scoring at 7:26 of the opening frame.
The second half of the first period belonged to the Falcons and at 10:47 of the first period, Calvert cut Springfield's deficit to 2-1. Guite tied the score at 2-2 when he tallied his third goal of the year with just nine-seconds remaining in the opening period pulling the Falcons back all even.
In the second period, Bridgeport regained their lead at 3-2 when Tony Romano scored his fourth marker of the year, but at 11:58 of the middle session, Kubalik converted on the man advantage making at a 3-3 hockey game.
Just 2:43 into the third preriod, Kubalik scored his second goal of the night giving Springfield their first lead of the night at 4-3.
Matt Calvert - Ben Guite - Tomas Kubalik
Dane Byers - Mike Blunden - Maksim Mayorov
Michael Ryan - Trevor Frischmon - Steven Goertzen
Michael Ratchuk - Tyler Murovich- Nick Tarnasky
Grant Clitsome - Jonathan Sigalet
John Moore - Nate Guenin
Nick Holden - David Savard
NOT DRESSED TONIGHT: Tomas Kana, Kyle Neuber, Tom Sestito, Cody Goloubef, Brent Regner, Theo Ruth
Tomas Kubalik was the game's first star, Ben Guite was second star, Matt Calvert was third star.
Matt Calvert extended his scoring streak to six games scoring six goals and two assists in that span.
Tomas Kubalik has collected at least a point in five of his last seven games recording three goals and five assists in that span. Kubalik scored in the shootout on November 13 and is a perfect two for two in the shootout this year.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 at Springfield Falcons 4 - Status: Final
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - MassMutual Center
Bridgeport 2 1 0 - 3
Springfield 2 1 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Bridgeport, Motherwell 1 (Rakhshani, Haley), 5:10 (PP). 2, Bridgeport, Figren 5 (Haley), 7:26 (PP). 3, Springfield, Calvert 8 (Guite, Kubalik), 10:47. 4, Springfield, Guite 3 (Moore, Kubalik), 19:51. Penalties-Tarnasky Spr (holding the stick), 4:35; Clitsome Spr (tripping), 6:41; Colliton Bri (tripping), 12:00; Colliton Bri (holding the stick), 17:48.
2nd Period-5, Bridgeport, Romano 4 (Klementyev, Rakhshani), 2:27. 6, Springfield, Kubalik 3 (Guite, Guenin), 11:58 (PP). Penalties-Kohn Bri (cross-checking), 5:56; Blunden Spr (tripping), 7:42; Moore Spr (tripping), 9:45; Colliton Bri (interference), 10:25; Murovich Spr (hooking), 13:55; served by Joensuu Bri (bench minor - too many men), 18:20.
3rd Period-7, Springfield, Kubalik 4 (Ryan), 2:43. Penalties-Kohn Bri (cross-checking), 0:28; Yablonski Bri (roughing), 10:04.
Shots on Goal-Bridgeport 5-5-5-15. Springfield 5-11-9-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Bridgeport 2 / 5; Springfield 1 / 7.
Goalies-Bridgeport, Koskinen 2-5-0 (25 shots-21 saves). Springfield, LeNeveu 6-3-1 (15 shots-12 saves).
Referees-Ghislain Hebert (49), Mark Lemelin (84).
Linesmen-Jim Briggs (83), Glen Cooke (6).
GAME SETUP: The Springfield Falcons and Bridgeport Sound Tigers meet for the second time this season and first meeting in Springfield when they drop the puck on Tuesday night at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons traveled to Bridgeport back on November 3 and came away with a point losing 6-5 in a shootout. The Falcons rallied from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits to earn a point in that contest.
Rookie Matt Calvert registered his first two-goal game of his pro career in that contest scoring twice. Michael Ryan collected one goal and one assist in that contest. The Falcons had 11 different players collect at least a point in that contest including goals from Steven Goertzen and Maksim Mayorov as well as Calvert and Ryan.
Jon Sim was the player of the game for Bridgeport in that contest collecting a hat trick and also scoring the clinching goal in the shootout. Former Falcon Rob Hisey added three assists back on November 3. David Ullstrom (1g,1a), Jesse Joensuu (2a) and Rhett Rakhshani (2a) also had multi point games for Bridgeport.
Bridgeport recently snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Norfolk on Saturday, November 13.
Bridgeport has a record of 6-9-0-0 through 15 games. Jesse Joensuu and Rob Hisey are tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points each.
Rookie defenseman John Moore has collected at least a point in six of his last seven games registering one goal and seven assists for eight points in that span. Moore picked up his first two-assist game on November 14 at Manchester. Moore now leads all Springfield defensemen in scoring with one goal and seven assists for eight points in 15 games.
Matt Calvert extended his scoring streak to five games having collected five goals and two assists in that span. Calvert is now second on the team in goals with seven and overall is third in scoring with 12 points in 15 games.
Ben Guite was named captain on November 10 and he has two goals and one assist in his last three games played. Guite played in his 500th career AHL game on November 10.
Tomas Kubalik has collected at least a point in four of his last six games recording one goal and three assists in that span. Kubalik scored in the shootout on November 13 and is a perfect two for two in the shootout this year.
Dane Byers made his Falcons debut on November 13 at Hartford and collected one assist and scored the game-clinching goal in the shootout win.
Nick Tarnasky made his return to Springfield on November 13 after signing a PTO contract on November 11. Tarnasky is in his seventh professional season and returns to Springfield after having played with the Falcons from 2004-2006 where he collected 21 goals, 19 assists, 40 points and 276 penalty minutes in 148 games.
ISLANDERS MAKE COACHING CHANGE: The New York Islanders announced Monday that Jack Capuano has been named interim head coach, replacing Scott Gordon. Gordon will remain with the organization as an adviser to General Manager, Garth Snow.
Capuano has served as the head coach of the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers the past four seasons. He will make his National Hockey League head coaching debut on Wednesday, Nov. 17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
The native of Cranston, RI, had a 133-100-8-14 career mark as head coach of the Sound Tigers. Capuano joined the New York Islanders organization in the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach with the Islanders. From 1997-2005 he served as the General Manager of the Pee Dee Pride of the East Coast Hockey League.
Following the promotion of Jack Capuano to the interim head coaching position of the New York Islanders, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers have named Pat Bingham as their new head coach.
This marks Bingham’s first stint as a head coach in the American Hockey League. The Vancouver, BC native joined the Islanders organization in 2005 as an assistant coach of the Sound Tigers. Bingham became head coach of the Fort Wayne Komets of the United Hockey League for the following season, then returned to the Sound Tigers where he has been an assistant coach since the 2007-08 season.
Bingham has previous head coaching experience in the Central Hockey League, United Hockey League, and East Coast Hockey League. In his six combined seasons as a head coach, Bingham has lead each of those teams to a winning record, including a 51-17-4 mark with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL during the 2003-04 campaign where he won the ECHL Coach of the Year award. Over that six-season span, Bingham compiled an impressive 266-144-30 overall record.