FALCONS GAME PREVIEW: SPRINGFIELD AT MANCHESTER, GAME #18
Springfield Falcons (10-3-1-3) at Manchester Monarchs (9-6-2-1)
Friday, November 30, 2012
Verizon Wireless Arena
RADIO: WHYN NewsTalk 560 AM/WHYN.com
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The Springfield Falcons venture to Manchester tonight to meet the Monarchs for the second time this season, as the two clubs kick off a home-and-home set at 7:00 p.m. The Falcons are searching for their first win in four tries, after taking two points last weekend with defeats of the overtime, shootout, and regulation variety. Springfield enters tonight's game in first place in the Northeast Division and in second position in the Eastern Conference, trailing only the Syracuse Crunch for the top spot. The Monarchs took the first meeting of the season last Saturday in Springfield, building a 3-1 lead at the MassMutual Center before prevailing in a shootout, 4-3.
The Falcons and Monarchs head back to the MassMutual Center on Saturday. The game will begin with a ceremonial puck drop by Gary Rome, owner of Gary Rome Auto Group and one of the Falcons' valued corporate partners, along with his dog Jack. The first 3,000 fans into the building that night will receive a postcard with details about a Gary Rome Auto Group Facebook promotion, which includes a grand prize of dinner for two at Picks Restaurant, an overnight stay at the Sheraton Monarch Place, and tickets to a Falcons game. Visit GoToGary.com for details on Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke, Mass. and Gary Rome Kia in Enfield, Conn.
As part of the evening, fans are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The Toys for Tots bins will be located at a table in the concourse under section 1 and will be manned by on-site Marines. As an incentive to support this program, any fan who brings a toy for donation will receive a free ticket voucher for the Falcons' home game on Saturday, Dec. 15 when Springfield welcomes St. John's to the MassMutual Center at 7:30 p.m. (one voucher per person).
Fans can also purchase limited-edition, Falcons-autographed holiday glass ornaments for $5 each along with select autographed merchandise at a table behind section 1, with all proceeds going directly to Springfield Falcons Charities, the club's official charitable organization.
During the intermissions, fans will be invited to participate in a holiday sing-a-long. Santa Claus will also be venturing down from the North Pole to meet and greet Falcons fans and hang out with his friend Screech.
Fans can save $5 off a full-price adult ticket by showing their Big Y card at the MassMutual Center Box Office up to two hours before this Saturday's game.
Saturday's game is also "Cycle Saturday," as one fan will have a chance to win a free bicycle, courtesy of Gus Coelho Auto Repair at 442 Holyoke Street in Ludlow.
Single-game tickets to see the Falcons in 2012-2013 can be purchased at the MassMutual Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through game time on Saturday home dates, and starting four hours prior to Sunday home contests. Fans can also purchase tickets by logging onto Ticketmaster.com. For information about discounted group packages to Falcons home games, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Beginning this weekend, the Falcons will play eight of their next 10 games on the road. Springfield has just two home contests from Nov. 26 to Dec. 26 before kicking off a four-game MassMutual Center stretch on Dec. 27. The Falcons are 4-1-1-0 in away action this season.
AUDY-MARCHESSAULT ADDS A LOT
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault posted two more assists on Sunday to extend his point streak to four games (1g-5a). Audy-Marchessault paces the Falcons with 19 points and 13 assists. His point total is tied for sixth in the AHL while his assists amount places him seventh in the league. The second-year pro's +13 rating is the best among Springfield's skaters and is second in the AHL behind Oklahoma City's Justin Schultz (+14).