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FALCONS WEEKLY NOTES: NOVEMBER 4

11/04/2013 4:45 PM -
 
The Springfield Falcons (7-2-0-1) went 2-1-0-0 this past week. After beginning the week with a 2-1 loss to Adirondack Wednesday at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Falcons rebounded and swept the weekend series versus the Hartford Wolf Pack with a pair of 3-2 victories. Friday, Springfield outlasted Hartford in a shootout, getting conversions from Alex Aleardi and Jonathan Marchessault. Saturday, the team topped the Wolf Pack in regulation, due in large part to two shorthanded goals – one each by Jake Hansen and Darryl Boyce.
 
The Falcons look to keep the current two-game winning streak going with two home games this weekend – Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. versus Adirondack and Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m. versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
 
Click here for the Falcons' 2013-14 regular-season schedule.
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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 1, Adirondack 2
Wednesday, October 30
Glens Falls Civic Center
 
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The Phantoms power play loomed large Wednesday night, accounting for both of the team’s scores. Adirondack got out to a 2-0 lead behind power-play goals from Kris Newbury – at 15:03 of the second period – and Chris VandeVelde – at 12:24 of the third period. The Falcons answered with a third-period goal of their own – a Lukas Sedlak tally at 13:11 – but could not find the equalizer down the stretch.
 
Springfield 3, Hartford 2 (SO)
Friday, November 1
MassMutual Center
 
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Springfield snapped its three-game losing streak Friday night, defeating Hartford 3-2 in a shootout. After a Dylan McIlrath goal at 8:04 of the first period gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead, Lukas Sedlak scored just 1:52 later to even the score. For Sedlak, it was his second goal in as many nights and fourth of the season.
 
Midway through the second period, Andrew Joudrey put Springfield out in front 2-1 off of a crossing feed from Alex Aleardi. The tally was Joudrey’s first of the season.
 
Springfield got conversions in the shootout from Aleardi and Jonathan Marchessault – the team’s leading scorer a season ago – and netminder Mike McKenna stopped four of five Hartford attempts to secure the victory.
 
Springfield 3, Hartford 2
Saturday, November 2
MassMutual Center
 
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The Falcons completed the sweep of the Wolf Pack Saturday night with a 3-2 victory in regulation. Springfield scored two shorthanded goals – one each by Jack Hansen and Darryl Boyce – and denied Hartford on all three of their power plays. For Hansen, the shorthanded goal was his third of the season, which leads the American Hockey League, ties a Falcons single-season record and pulls to within just one of the franchise career record.
 
Boyce’s shorthanded goal was his second, tying the Summerside, Prince Edward Island native for second in the AHL.
 
Cody Bass got the Falcons on the board just 2:20 into the contest with his first goal of the season. The game was only Bass’ second since rejoining the team after suffering an injury in the preseason with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
 
Jeremy Smith made 22 saves on 24 shots faced in net for Springfield, improving to 4-1-1 this season.
 
WEEK AHEAD
 
Friday, November 8 – Springfield vs. Adirondack, MassMutual Center, 7:00 p.m.
 
Sunday, November 10 – Springfield vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, MassMutual Center, 3:00 p.m.
 
FALCONS START NEW STREAK
 
After a 5-0-0-0 start to the 2013-14 season, the Falcons had their franchise-best unbeaten streak snapped Friday, October 25 in Providence. Springfield, along with Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, was the last remaining undefeated team in the American Hockey League. Both teams lost in a shootout Friday, October 25 and in regulation Saturday, October 26. The Falcons began a new win streak this past weekend, defeating the Hartford Wolf Pack twice, both Friday and Saturday by the final score of 3-2.
 
NORTHEAST DIVISION TIGHT AT THE TOP
 
The Falcons stand one point shy of the Hartford Wolf Pack for the top spot in the Northeast Division with two games in hand over the nearby rival. Springfield gained three points on Hartford over the weekend series, earning all four possible points while only allowing Hartford to gain one with a  shootout loss Friday night.
 
HANSEN ON THE PK
 
Second-year forward Jake Hansen has begun the season at a career-best pace. Through ten games, the 24-year-old centerman has scored four goals, equaling his total in the entire 2012-13 campaign. Hansen has also added four assists, ranking him second on the team with eight points. The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native leads the entire American Hockey League with three shorthanded goals and a +11 rating.
 
CODY BASS INSTANT IMPACT
 
Forward Cody Bass was returned to Springfield by the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday after missing the first month of the season due to an injury suffered in the preseason. Bass scored the game’s first goal Saturday – a day after he made his season debut – and earned third star honors. The Owen Sound, Ontario native is well known in Springfield for his back-to-back overtime game-winning goals in the opening round of the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs versus the Manchester Monarchs. Bass wore the “A” on his chest Saturday, serving as the team’s third assistant captain.
 
COLLINS RECALLED
 
Forward Sean Collins was recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night, returning to the NHL club for the second time this season. Collins played in one game for Columbus earlier this season, registering one hit in 9:22 of action October 17 versus Montreal. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native made five appearances with the Blue Jackets in 2012-13.
 
CELEBRITY SERVERS AT NADIM’S DOWONTOWN MEDITERANNEAN GRILL
 
Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill is hosting a Falcons Celebrity Servers event Thursday, November 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Four Falcons players will be in attendance to serve patrons food and drinks, take pictures and signed autographs. There will also be a raffle with exciting prizes, including an autographed stick.
 
HOMETOWN HEROES
 
The Falcons host the Adirondack Phantoms Friday, November 8 at the MassMutual Center for Hometown Heroes Night, which honors local men and women who serve and protect the greater-Springfield community. 
 
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.

 



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