10/05/2013 9:27 PM
The Springfield Falcons (1-0-0-0) opened the 2013-14 regular season with a 3-2 shootout win over the Manchester Monarchs (0-0-0-1) in front of 5,528 fans at the MassMutual Center Saturday night.
Broc Little notched the only conversion in the shootout, as Falcons’ netminder Jeremy Smith (1-0-0) stopped all five attempts and 22 of 24 shots faced in the first three periods and overtime.
The Falcons found themselves in a position to win in the shootout after responses to two Manchester tie-breaking goals. After Jordan Weal gave Manchester a 1-0 lead at 5:58 of the first period, Darryl Boyce answered with a goal for Springfield at 8:23 of the opening frame to even the score at 1-1.
Tyler Toffoli gave the Monarchs a 2-1 lead at 6:13 of the second period, but the Falcnos answered again. Just 1:01 later, Michael Chaput fired a wrist shot from the slot by Manchester goaltender Martin Jones, evening the score at 2-2.
Jones (0-0-1) stopped 30 of 32 shots faced for the Monarchs.
Neither team was able to convert on the power play. Springfield went 0-for-7 with the man advantage while Manchester was 0-for-4.
The Falcons get a week off before hitting the ice again. Springfield hosts the Worcester Sharks Saturday, October 12 at the MassMutual Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.