FALCONS BEGIN PRESEASON, DROP OPENER TO BRUINS
Marlborough, Mass. - The Springfield Falcons commenced their preseason on Wednesday night at the New England Sports Center, succumbing to the Providence Bruins, 4-1. The Falcons return to the MassMutual Center for home preseason contests this Friday against the Worcester Sharks and Saturday versus the Bruins, with both contests beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Jamie Tardif took advantage of a Springfield turnover 4:15 into the opening period, stealing the puck in the left circle and lifting it past Falcons goaltender Curtis McElhinney to give Providence a 1-0 lead.
The Bruins added to their lead in the second period with a power-play goal, as Tardif banged home a rebound from the slot off a David Warosfsky shot at 6:42, making it 2-0.
Matthew Pistilli buried a centering feed from Kelsey Wilson on a two-on-one rush at 13:28, extending Providence's advantage to 3-0.
With the Bruins up a man in the third period, Justin Florek snapped a puck past the glove of Springfield's Mike Clemente, who replaced McElhinney in net to begin the final frame, from the left circle to strengthen Providence's grip to 4-0 at 3:34.
Patrick Kennedy snatched a pass from Dan Gendur on the doorstep and flipped the puck past Providence netminder Niklas Svedberg at 17:11 of the last stanza, giving the Falcons their first and only goal of the outing and making the score 4-1
McElhinney took the loss for Springfield, setting aside 18 of 21 shots through 40 minutes of play. Mike Hutchinson, who started the game for Providence and played until just past the midway point of the contest, earned the win with 12 saves on 12 shots.
Tickets for the Falcons' home preseason games this weekend are $12 each and can be purchased at the MassMutual Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster.com.
Springfield will host the St. John's IceCaps in the regular-season opener on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center.
Single-game tickets to see the Falcons in the 2012-2013 regular season are on sale now and can be purchased at the MassMutual Center 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by logging onto Ticketmaster.com. Ticket packages for the Falcons this season start as low as $112. Call (413) 739-GOAL (4625) for more information.
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Of Springfield's 20 active players on Wednesday, 12 wore a Falcons jersey in 2011-2012...The Falcons and the Bruins will meet 10 times in 2012-2013, including twice in October...The game was the Falcons' unofficial first contest under new head coach Brad Larsen, who was hired to his current position in May of 2012...Shots on the game were 29-27 in favor of Providence...The Falcons line-up consisted of: forwards Dan Gendur, Nick Drazenovic, Matt Calvert, Jake Hansen, Patrick Kennedy, Michael Chaput, Tomas Kubalik, Dalton Smith, Nathan Moon, Don Maloney, Trent Vogelhuber, Wade MacLeod; defensemen Will Weber, Greg Amadio, Theo Ruth, Cody Goloubef, Austin Madaisky, Anton Blomqvist; goaltenders Mike Clemente, Curtis McElhinney