10/05/2013 9:27 PM -
The Springfield Falcons (1-0-0-0) opened the 2013-14 regular season with a 3-2 shootout win over the Manchester Monarchs (0-0-0-1) in front of 5,528 fans at the MassMutual Center Saturday night.
For the box score, click here.
Broc Little notched the only conversion in the shootout, as Falcons’ netminder Jeremy Smith (1-0-0) stopped all five attempts and 22 of 24 shots faced in the first three periods and overtime.
The Falcons found themselves in a position to win in the shootout after responses to two Manchester tie-breaking goals. After Jordan Weal gave Manchester a 1-0 lead at 5:58 of the first period, Darryl Boyce answered with a goal for Springfield at 8:23 of the opening frame to even the score at 1-1.
Tyler Toffoli gave the Monarchs a 2-1 lead at 6:13 of the second period, but the Falcnos answered again. Just 1:01 later, Michael Chaput fired a wrist shot from the slot by Manchester goaltender Martin Jones, evening the score at 2-2.
Jones (0-0-1) stopped 30 of 32 shots faced for the Monarchs.
Neither team was able to convert on the power play. Springfield went 0-for-7 with the man advantage while Manchester was 0-for-4.
The Falcons get a week off before hitting the ice again. Springfield hosts the Worcester Sharks Saturday, October 12 at the MassMutual Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

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