FALCONS LOSE TO BRUINS 3-1January 13, 2008 - The Springfield Falcons lost to the Providence Bruins 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in front of 7,694 at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Falcons ended their weekend at 1-2 and they are now 2-3-1-0 against Providence this season. Springfield will now prepare for a meeting with the Hartford Wolf Pack on January 18 at the MassMutual Center.
The Falcons fell behind in this contest early when Alexandre Imbeault opened the scoring for Providence at 13:15 of the first period with a power play goal, followed by T.J. Trevelyan scoring 1:18 later giving the Bruins a 2-0 advantage through 20 minutes of play. The Falcons were outshot 17-1 in the first period with Springfield goaltender Jeff Deslauriers keeping his team in the game making 15 saves in the first period.
"He gives us a chance to win every night," said Falcons head coach Kelly Buchberger. "We wanted to generate more offensive chances in the first period, but we just didn't get it done."
In the second period, the Falcons kept battling away as Springfield's Tim Sestito scored a shorthanded marker at 16:27 cutting the Falcons deficit to 2-1 through 40 minutes of play.
In the third period, Springfield had their opportunities on the power play, including a five-on-three advantage, but Providence goaltender Jordan Sigalet held the fort, including a pair of saves on Jean-Francois Jacques. Pascal Pelletier added an empty net goal for the Bruins in the final minute of regulation ending Springfield's comeback bid.
Jacques - Almtorp - McDonald
Simon - Sestito - Bodie
Schremp - Reddox - Trukhno
Flinn - Goulet
Peckham - Roy
Berry - Kemp
Young - Patrick
* Liam Reddox and Jonas Almtorp started the game as centers.
* Curtiss Patrick made his Falcons debut on Sunday.
* Jeff Deslauriers added an assist on Tim Sestito's goal.
FALCONS SCRATCHES - T.J. Reynolds (Injured), Marc Pouliot (Injured), Allan Rourke (Injured), Tyler Spurgeon (Injured), Sebastien Bisaillon (Injured), Danny Syvret (Flu), Jacob Micflikier (Injured), Ryan O'Marra (Healthy)
The Springfield Falcons head to Providence on Sunday to conclude their weekend with a match-up against the first-place Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Falcons announced one roster move on Sunday morning as they have signed defenseman Curtiss Patrick to a Professional Tryout Agreement for the second time this season. Patrick also signed a PTO last weekend, but didn't see any game action. Patrick actually has local ties playing one season for West Springfield High School back in 1997.
With 41 games played this season, the Falcons have hit a part of their schedule where injuries seem to be building up. Both defenseman T.J. Reynolds and center Marc Pouliot were injured in Saturday night's contest at Bridgeport and both will be game-time decisions on Sunday. Reynolds needed some stitches after being injured in a fight with Bridgeport's Kip Brennan on Saturday. Pouliot crashed hard into the boards on a scoring chance in the third period on Saturday and appeared to suffer an upper body injury. Pouliot missed the final 10 minutes of play on Saturday.
Defenseman Allan Rourke missed Saturday's game with a foot injury he suffered on Friday, and Rourke joins Danny Syvret (Sick), Tyler Spurgeon (Head), Jacob Micflikier (Leg) and Sebastien Bisaillon (Leg) on the injured list.
Put the injuries aside, the Falcons head into Providence for a Sunday matinee with a record of 19-16-3-3 and remain in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Both the Falcons and Bruins will be striving to get back on the winning track as Providence has been shut out in each of their last two games, 3-0 against Worcester on Friday and 4-0 against Portland on Saturday.