The Springfield Falcons (28-12-1-4) failed to earn any of a possible four points last week, falling in regulation to the Worcester Sharks Friday night and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday night. The losses extended the team’s season-long winless streak to five games, but the Falcons still maintain the top spot in the Northeast Division and the best points percentage in the American Hockey League (.678).
Springfield holds the second highest point total (61) in the American Hockey League, six points behind the Manchester Monarchs with five games in hand on the Eastern Conference opponent. The Falcons remain on pace to set the best record in franchise history, previously held by the 2012-13 club that finished with 45 wins and a .651 points percentage to lead the Northeast Division. This year’s team is on pace for 47 wins and 103 points.
Springfield looks to bounce back with four games this week, two at home and two on the road. The Falcons host the Albany Devils and the Syracuse Crunch Tuesday and Friday night, respectively, before traveling to Syracuse Saturday and to the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Springfield 2, Worcester 5
Friday, January 31
The Falcons were defeated by the Worcester Sharks Friday, January 31, falling behind just 1:15 into the game. Travis Oleksuk’s early tally gave Worcester a 1-0 lead, and Springfield trailed for the remainder of the contest. Oleksuk and linemate Dan DaSilva each scored twice, while Yanni Gourde chipped in with three assists to lead the Sharks. Sean Collins and Lukas Sedlak found the back of the net for the Falcons, while goaltender Mike McKenna made 35 saves in a losing effort.
Springfield 0, Bridgeport 3
Saturday, February 1
Webster Bank Arena
Springfield was unable to light the lamp versus Bridgeport Saturday night, falling for the fifth straight game. The Sound Tigers’ Anders Lee and Scott Mayfield scored twice in a 16-second span at the end of the first period, and Mike Halmo netted the team’s third goal at 7:12 of the final frame. Anders Nilsson stopped all 27 shots he faced in net for Bridgeport, earning his sixth win and second shutout of the season. It was only the third time this season Springfield has been blanked.
Appearance and Autograph Session with New England Linebacker Jerod Mayo
Saturday, February 8 – Springfield at Syracuse, War Memorial at Oncenter, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 9 – Springfield at Providence, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 3:05 p.m.
ATOP THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Falcons occupy first place in the AHL’s Northeast Division with a 28-12-1-4 record, having earned 61 of a possible 90 points. Springfield’s .678 points percentage leads the entire American Hockey League and has the team on pace for the best record in the franchise’s 20-year history. The 2012-13 Falcons posted 45 wins, 99 points and a .651 points percentage, while this year’s club is on pace for 47 wins, 103 points and a .678 points percentage.
The Falcons have earned only one point in their last five games (0-4-0-1), coming in a shootout loss to the Portland Pirates January 26. Springfield has not won a game since the team’s 4-1 rout of the Adirondack Phantoms January 20. Over the five-game skid, the team has been outscored 20-8.
GOLOUBEF, ERIXON ON RECALL WITH COLUMBUS
The Falcons have two defensemen currently on recall with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team’s NHL affiliate. Cody Goloubef was recalled Saturday, January 25 and has played in three games with the parent club. Tim Erixon was recalled Sunday for the second time in a week. Erixon, who leads the Falcons with 20 assists, has appeared in two games with the Blue Jackets this season, totaling one shot, two penalty minutes and a +2 rating.
McKENNA AMONG THE AHL LEADERS
Falcons netminder Mike McKenna leads all American Hockey League goaltenders in save percentage (.934) and shootout wins (4), and ranks second in goals-against average (1.89). In 16 appearances (15 starts) this season, the St. Louis native has posted a 10-5-0 record with two shutouts, which came back-to-back November 23 versus Hartford and November 30 versus Portland.
PRESS CONFERENCE TUESDAY
The Falcons will hold a press conference Tuesday, February 4 at 5:30 p.m. to make a major announcement. Taking place in Meeting Room 2 on the convention center side of the MassMutual Center, the doors will open at 5:00 p.m., and the press conference is open to the media and the general public.
JEROD MAYO APPEARANCE
New England linebacker Jerod Mayo will sign autographs at the Falcons home game February 7 versus the Syracuse Crunch, presented by Sherwin Williams. Mayo, who was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008, is a veteran 81 NFL games. For tickets to the game, visit the MassMutual Center box office or click here to purchase tickets online. For a discounted group rate, please contact a Falcons sales representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
HOCKEY ‘N’ HEELS
The Springfield Falcons are hosting its Inaugural Hockey ‘N’ Heels event, presented by Health New England, Saturday, February 15 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., before the team takes on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:00 p.m. The exclusive event for women will feature a fun and interactive Hockey 101, a vendor showcase and a speaker series with Falcons legend and Stanley Cup champion Manny Legace, Falcons Vice President Sarah Pompea, a current Falcons player and an American Hockey League official. An event ticket costs only $20 and includes a ticket to the Falcons game that night. For the flyer and order form, click here.
GREGORY CAMPBELL APPEARANCE
Stanley Cup champion Gregory Campbell will sign autographs at the Falcons home game February 23 versus the Norfolk Admirals, presented by Dunkin’ Donuts. Campbell, who won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2010-11, is a veteran of over 500 NHL games. For tickets to the game, visit the MassMutual Center box office or click here to purchase tickets online. For a discounted group rate, please contact a Falcons sales representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
HEATHER O’REILLY APPEARANCE
Heather O’Reilly, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist with the United States Women’s National soccer team, will sign autographs at the Falcons game March 22 versus the Manchester Monarchs. In addition to her Olympic success, O’Reilly also won two NCAA National Championships at the University of North Carolina, a WPS championship with SKY Blue FC, and a Bronze (2007) and Silver Medal (2011) at the World Cup. For tickets to the game, visit the MassMutual Center box office or click here to purchase tickets online. For a discounted group rate, please contact a Falcons sales representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
COME TO A FALCONS GAME
For information about available ticket packages or single-game tickets, fans can contact a Falcons’ sale representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625) or visit the team website by clicking here. All the information is also available at Ticket Headquarters, located on the MassMutual Center concourse behind section 31 at all Falcons’ home games.
The Falcons offer a number of affordable ticket packages to allow fans to enjoy the family entertainment for a low price. In addition to season-ticket plans, the team also offers flex packages for those who want to choose what games they want to attend and how many people they want to bring to each game. Flex packages are broken down into 44, 20 and 12-voucher plans, and the customer can use any number of those vouchers to any game, based on seat availability.
FALCONS NEST PRO SHOP
Fans can purchase their favorite team gear and apparel at the Falcons Nest Pro Shop, located inside the team office at 45 Falcons Way during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday) or online by clicking here. The shop is stocked with brand new merchandise for the 2013-14 season, including limited-edition apparel and novelty items featuring the new 20th anniversary logo. The Falcons Nest Pro Shop moves to the MassMutual Center concourse behind section 27 during all home games.
Two Falcons players will visit a local elementary school in the Greater Springfield area Thursday, January 9 as part of the team’s Stick to Reading program, presented by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. The initiative is aimed at encouraging local children at schools and youth programs to start reading at an early age.