10/30/2013 7:19 AM
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The Falcons (5-1-0-1) hit the road to take on the Adirondack Phantoms (2-4-0-2) Wednesday night - the second of eight total meetings this season between the two teams - as Springfield looks to get back in the win column. Springfield defeated Adirondack 3-2 in a shootout October 19, dissolving a 2-0 second-period deficit. The Falcons stand two points behind the Hartford Wolf Pack (6-2-0-1) for first place in the Northeast Division but hold two games in hand over the division rival. The Phantoms stand in fourth place in the Northeast Division, seven points behind Hartford and five behind Springfield.
- The first two meetings between Springfield and Adirondack this season are at the Glens Falls Civic Center (October 19 and tonight). The two teams play the first of four matchups at the MassMutual Center Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.
- In the first matchup between the two teams, Broc Little scored his first pro goal in North America. Litlle - who played the last two seasons overseas in Sweden - scored on a bad-angle shot that banked off of Phantoms netminer Yann Danis.
- Springfield has the third best penalty kill in the American Hockey League so far this season, having allowed only three goals on 32 opposing power play opportunities. At 90.6 percent, the Falcons PK only trails that of the Texas Stars (92.6 percent) and the Worcester Sharks (90.9 percent).
- The Falcons were assigned two players over the last few days - team captain Ryan Craig and forward Cody Bass. Craig had been with the Columbus Blue Jackets since October 11 and played three games with the club over that span. Bass - who was injured in the preseason with Columbus - has yet to play a game this season. Serving as an assistant captain a season ago, Bass notched back-to-back overtime game-winning goals in the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs' opening round versus Manchester, helping to seal the series victory for Springfield.
Players to Watch:
For Springfield, Jake Hansen has had a successful beginning to the 2013-14 campaign. A second-year pro, Hansen leads the team and ranks second in the entire AHL with a +9 rating. The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native has posted six points (three goals, three assists) this season, nearing his total from the entire 2012-13 season - nine points (four goals, five assists). Hansen scored the lone Falcons goal Saturday versus Worcester - his second shorthanded tally this season
Ryan Craig returned to the Falcons Monday after spending roughly two weeks with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. Craig played in only one game with Springfield before being called up and has yet to record a point. The team captain ranked second on the Falcons with 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) a season ago.
For Adirondack, Jason Akeson leads the team with six points (one goal, five assists). Despite not finding the back of the net, Akeson put seven shots on goal October 19 against the Falcons and assisted on the team's first goal of the game - a Nick Cousins tally 0:47 into the contest.
Forward Rob Bordson leads the Phantoms with four goals this season, including one October 19 against the Falcons. Bordson notched an AHL career-best 25 points last season, including 12 goals.