FALCONS BEAT DEVILS 3-1
January 19, 2009 - For the second straight game, the Springfield Falcons used strong special teams, a balanced scoring attack and a steady performance in goal to skate away with two points. The Falcons swept a home-and-home series with the Lowell Devils on Monday with the Falcons beating the Devils 3-1 at the Paul Tsongas Arena. The Falcons have now won three of their last four games.
The Falcons power play got Springfield going early as Theo Peckham's goal on the man advantage at 17:15 of the first period put Springfield on top 1-0. Two seconds into the game, Springfield's Guillaume Lefebvre and Lowell's Pierre-Luc Leblond dropped the gloves and picked up fighting majors with Lefebvre once again making his physical presence known.
In the second period, the Falcons expanded their lead when Tyler Spurgeon scored his fifth goal of the season at 16:43 giving the Falcons a 2-0 advantage through 40 minutes of play. Late in the middle frame, there were a pair of altercations with Peckham and Olivier Magnan squaring off, followed by Mathieu Roy and Mark Fraser also dropping the gloves to end the second period.
Just 1:16 into the third period, Rob Schremp tallied on the power play giving Springfield a 3-0 lead, but Lowell cut their deficit to 3-1 at 16:27 of the final frame when Jon DiSalvatore scored shorthanded.
Stone - Schremp - Lerg
Bekar - Corazzini - Willis
Lefebvre - Spurgeon - Sestito
Goulet - O'Marra - McDonald
Young - Roy
Peckham - Taylor
Gabinet - Chorney
FALCONS SCRATCHES - Viacheslav Trukhno (Injured), Geoff Paukovich (Healthy), Josef Hrabal (Healthy), Cory Urquhart (Healthy), Kelly Czuy (Healthy), Cody Wild (Healthy), Hans Benson (Injured),
FALCONS RELEASE PATRICK BORDELEAU FROM PTO
The Springfield Falcons, proud members of the American Hockey League, announced today that they have released left wing Patrick Bordeleau from his Professional Tryout Agreement (PTO). In four games with the Falcons, he didn’t register a point and had four penalty minutes.
Bordeleau is in his second season of professional hockey and the 6-foot-6, 220-pound native of Montreal, Quebec has split the 2008-09 season between the ECHL’s Augusta Lynx, Florida Everblades and AHL’s Albany River Rats. In 18 games with the Lynx this season, Bordeleau collected four goals and six assists for 10 points and 57 penalty minutes. He made his AHL debut this year with the River Rats registering one assist and 14 penalty minutes in three games before playing in five games with the Everblades where he collected 19 penalty minutes.
Bordeleau was originally drafted by the NHL’s Minnesota Wild in the fourth round (114th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft.
RYAN POTULNY ASSIGNED TO SPRINGFIELD
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have assigned centre Ryan Potulny to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Potulny appeared in four games with the Oilers since his recall from Edmonton’s AHL affiliate on January 11th and scored three assists. He put together a two-game scoring streak, netting points in his first two games with the Oilers. The 6’0”, 190 pound native of Grand Forks, North Dakota scored two assists in his first game with the Edmonton on January 11th versus St. Louis and then added a single assist at Washington on January 13th.
At the time of his recall, Potulny led the Falcons in scoring with 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points in 36 games. The centreman was named to the PlanetUSA roster for the upcoming 2009 AHL All-Star Game to be played at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on Monday, January 26th.