04/01/2014 7:04 AM
The Springfield Falcons (43-20-1-5) defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by the final score of 3-1 Tuesday at Webster Bank Arena, marking a new franchise record with six consecutive road wins.
In his first professional appearance in North America, goaltender Anton Forsberg earned the victory Tuesday, making 25 saves on 26 shots faced in net for the Falcons. A native of Harnosand, Sweden, Forsberg held the Sound Tigers scoreless for the first 58:18 of the contest, before allowing Bridgeport’s only goal of the game on an Andrey Pedan shot from the point.
Marko Dano scored a power-play goal at the 7:35 mark of the first period, extending the Falcons lead to 2-0. For Dano, it was his first professional goal and first game-winner in North America in only his third game since joining the Falcons in mid-March.
Springfield gained a 1-0 lead just 4:25 into the game, as Bridgeport netminder Kevin Poulin misplayed the puck behind his own net and Jake Hansen capitalized on the mistake. Hansen deposited his 10th goal of the season and second in his last three games. The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native extended his point streak to four games, registering five points (two goals, three assists) and a +3 rating over that span.
Cody Bass notched an empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, extending the Falcons lead to 3-1 and sealing the victory. For Bass, the goal was his seventh of the season, a new career high.
The Falcons went 1-for-6 on the power play, giving the team at least one power-play tally in each of the last 10 games. Springfield is 16-for-52 with the man advantage over the 10-game span, a rate of 30.8 percent.
Bridgeport went 0-for-4 on the power play Tuesday.
With the win, Springfield is now just two points shy of clinching a playoff berth of the second consecutive season. The Falcons can clinch as soon as Friday.
The Falcons are back in action this weekend when they visit the St. John’s IceCaps for back-to-back games Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, both at 6:00 p.m. The team returns to the MassMutual Center Friday, April 11 to host the Portland Pirates at 7:00 p.m.