10/21/2013 2:20 PM
After two wins on the road last week, the Springfield Falcons (5-0-0-0) remain one of only two unbeaten teams left in the American Hockey League. Friday night, the Falcons defeated the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center by the final score of 5-2. The team then traveled to Glens Falls, New York and edged out the Adirondack Phantoms for a 3-2 shootout win. Despite its perfect record, Springfield still stands one point behind the Hartford Wolf Pack (4-0-0-1) for the top spot in the Northeast Division. The team does, however, hold a game in hand over the nearby rival.
The Falcons conclude their current four-game road trip Friday, October 25 when they visit the Bruins for the second time in eight days. The team then returns home to host the Worcester Sharks Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center.
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Single-game tickets throughout the 2013-14 season can be purchased at the MassMutual Center box office from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to game time on Saturday home dates, and four hours prior to any Sunday home contests. Fans can also purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.com. For information about discounted group packages, call a Falcons’ sales representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
WEEK IN REVIEW
Springfield 5, Providence 2
Friday, October 18
In the first meeting of 10 meetings this season between the Falcons and Bruins, Springfield started and finished the game strong to defeat Providence by the score of 5-2. The win marked the first time in franchise history that the team has won four consecutive games to begin a season. The Falcons scored two goals 46 seconds apart in the first period – a power-play tally from Tim Erixon and an even-strength score by Lukas Sedlak. Erixon finished the game with four points (goal, three assists) and a +3 rating.
Springfield pulled away in the third period with three final-frame scores: Jean-Fancois Jacques buried his own rebound for his first of the season at 3:40, Jack Skille wrapped around the net and slipped the puck past Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban at 10:55, and Alex Aleardi added an empty-netter with 1:06 remaining in regulation. For Jacques, it was his first game in a Falcons uniform since the 2008-09 season and his goal would be the eventual game-winner.
Netminder Jeremy Smith made a season-high 39 saves on 41 shots faced to improve to 3-0-0 with a 2,27 goals against average and .926 save percentage.
Springfield 3, Adirondack 2
Saturday, October 19
Glens Falls Civic Center
Springfield extended its winning streak to begin the season to five games with a comeback victory over Adirondack. The Falcons dissolved a 2-0 second-period deficit to send the game into overtime. Broc Little got the team on the board first, as he banked the puck off of the back of goaltender Yann Danis’ pad from behind the goal line at the 15:39 mark of the middle frame. For Little, the goal was his first of the season and first of his North American professional career.
With 9:50 remaining in regulation, Will Weber received a feed off the boards from Sean Collins and fired a slap shot from the left point that found its way past Danis and into the back of the net. Weber’s tally evened the score at 2-2 and sent the contest into overtime.
In the extra frame, the Falcons were able to kill a Weber minor penalty for boarding to force a shootout. Springfield got conversions from Sean Collins and Cody Goloubef to seal the deal. Netminder Mike McKenna denied five of the six Adirondack shooters, in addition to 33 of 35 shots through regulation and overtime, to improve to 2-0-0. The St. Louis, Missouri native boasts a 1.44 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.
Friday, October 25 – Springfield at Providence, Dunkin Donuts Center, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, October 26 Springfield vs. Worcester, MassMutual Center, 7:00 p.m.
FALCONS STAY UNDEFEATED, SET FRANCHISE MARK
After a 5-0-0-0 start to the 2013-14 season, the Falcons are one of only two teams to remain undefeated heading into the fourth week of the season (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: 6-0-0-0). The team had never won more than three consecutive games to begin a season. Springfield is also one of just four teams to have not yet lost in regulation, along with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Manchester and Hartford.
WEBER MAKES IMPACT IN RETURN TO LINEUP
Defenseman Will Weber – who was suspended one game by the American Hockey League for an illegal cross-check during the game versus Worcester Saturday, October 12 – scored the equalizer in the third period of the team’s comeback victory over Adirondack Saturday night. For Weber, it was his first goal and point of the season.
ERIXON AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
Defenseman Tim Erixon, who was loaned to the Falcons Friday, October 11, has made an immediate impact on the ice for Springfield. Through his first three games, Erixon posted nine points (two goals, seven assists) and a +7 rating. The 6-foot-3 defenseman had his point streak snapped in Saturday’s win at Adirondack. In the early goings of the 2013-14 campaign, Erixon is fifth in the AHL in points (9) and second in assists (7) despite playing in only four games so far. He leads all AHL defensemen in assists, ranks second in points and third in plus/minus rating (+5).
SKILLE RETURNED FROM COLUMBUS
Forward Jack Skille was returned on loan to Springfield Sunday night after being recalled by Columbus Saturday morning. Skille played in one game for the Blue Jackets over the weekend, recording one shot, one hit and one takeaway. The former first round draft pick scored his first goal of the season in his last game with the Falcons – a backhanded flip past Malcolm Subban of Providence Friday night.
GRANTHAM ON THE SCORESHEET
Forward Ryley Grantham saw his first action of the season Saturday at Adirondack, recording his first point of the 2013-14 campaign – an assist on Broc Little’s second-period score – and seeing his first fight as well. Grantham dropped the gloves with Ben Holmstrom just 9:44 into the game.
PUMP FOR PRIDE
Cody Goloubef and Michael Chaput of the Springfield Falcons will be on site at Pride gas station – located at 6 N. Westfield Street in Agawam – Tuesday, October 22 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. to pump gas for customers. All the tips raised by the players will to the Springfield Falcons Charitable Foundation in support of the greater-Springfield community.
HALLOWEEN AT THE NEST
Saturday, October 26, the Falcons are hosting Halloween at the Nest, presented by Pride Stations & Stores. All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear their costumes to the game, and trick-or-treating will be available on the concourse. The game versus the Worcester Sharks is set for 7:00 p.m. For tickets, click here.
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.