FALCONS FALL SHORT IN BRIDGEPORT
March 30, 2012 - The Springfield Falcons lost to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6-2 on Friday night at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. The Sound Tigers used a strong first period scoring three times in the game's first seven minutes in taking the early momentum and earning the victory. The Falcons are back in action on Saturday night when they host the Providence Bruins at the MassMutual Center starting at 7 pm.
The Sound Tigers used just 14 seconds to build a 1-0 lead when Tony Romano scored his 9th goal of the year. Bridgeport built a 2-0 lead at 5:59 of the first period when Micheal Haley tallied on the power play, followed by Blair Riley scoring just one minute later extending the Sound Tigers advantage to 3-0.
The Falcons cut their deficit to 3-1 at 17:49 of the first period when Matt Calvert tallied 17th marker of the year, but Bridgeport regained their three goal lead just 32 seconds later as David Ullstrom recorded his first marker of the night.
The Sound Tigers extended their lead to 5-1 in the second period when Rhett Rakhshani scored his 16th goal of the year on the power play at 10:50.
The two teams exchanged goals in the third period as Ullstrom scored his second marker of the game, followed by Ryan Garlock converting for the Falcons.
Springfield Falcons 2 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6 - Status: Final
Friday, March 30, 2012 - Webster Bank Arena
Springfield 1 0 1 - 2
Bridgeport 4 1 1 - 6
1st Period-1, Bridgeport, Romano 9 (DiBenedetto), 0:14. 2, Bridgeport, Haley 15 (Rakhshani, DiBenedetto), 5:59 (PP). 3, Bridgeport, Riley 6 (Wishart), 6:58. 4, Springfield, Calvert 17 (MacLeod), 17:49. 5, Bridgeport, Ullstrom 20 (Mouillierat), 18:21. Penalties-Garlock Spr (tripping), 1:46; St. Pierre Spr (cross-checking), 5:13; Wishart Bri (interference), 15:38.
2nd Period-6, Bridgeport, Rakhshani 16 (Persson, DiBenedetto), 10:50 (PP). Penalties-Cullity Spr (holding), 2:32; Donovan Bri (hooking), 8:09; Regner Spr (holding), 9:45; Ullstrom Bri (elbowing), 11:22.
3rd Period-7, Bridgeport, Ullstrom 21 (Landry), 1:27. 8, Springfield, Garlock 5 (Regner, Savard), 9:55. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Springfield 10-13-14-37. Bridgeport 17-9-10-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 0 / 3; Bridgeport 2 / 4.
Goalies-Springfield, Dainton 11-11-1 (10 shots-7 saves); Clemente 2-1-0 (26 shots-23 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 20-17-4 (37 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Geno Binda (22).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Brent Colby (7).
Alexandre Giroux -
Matt Calvert - Nick Drazenovic - Wade MacLeod
Dane Byers - Nate Longpre - Andrew Joudrey
Tim Spencer - Ryan Garlock - Sean Collins
Patrick Cullity - Theo Ruth
Cody Goloubef - Greg Amadio
Brent Regner- David Savard
Not dressed: Anton Blomqvist, Nick Holden (Injured), Adam Mair, Cody Bass (Injured), Manny Legace (Injured), Tomas Kubalik (Injured), Aaron Bogosian, Trent Vogelhuber
Matt Calvert is on a seven-game scoring streak collecting four goals and five assists for nine points in that span.
The Falcons had a busy day of transactions on Thursday as the team welcomed rookie Sean Collins from Cornell University and Trent Vogelhuber from Miami (Ohio), both players signing Amateur Tryout Agreements. Collins arrived on Thursday afternoon and skated with the Falcons on Friday morning and we will see if he is in the lineup on Friday in Bridgeport. Vogelhuber doesn't arrive into Springfield until Friday afternoon and will join his new teammates on Saturday.
Dalton Prout was recalled by Columbus on Thursday, while David Savard was reassigned to the Falcons by the Blue Jackets. Also, Jake Morley was released from his ATO.