02/24/2014 3:58 PM
The Springfield Falcons (33-17-1-4) earned two of a possible six points last week, winning one of three games. Springfield defeated the Manchester Monarchs in a shootout on the road Friday night before returning home to lose back-to-back games versus the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday and the Norfolk Admirals Sunday.
Through 55 games, the Falcons currently rank second in the American Hockey League in wins (33), point total (71) and points percentage (.645) and remain atop the Northeast Division, leading the second-place Albany Devils by five points.
The Falcons host the Providence Bruins Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. for Pink in the Rink before visiting the Worcester Sharks Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m. Springfield is 5-2-0-1 versus Providence and 2-2-0-0 versus Worcester this season.
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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 4, Manchester 3
Friday, February 21
Verizon Wireless Arena
The Falcons defeated the AHL-leading Manchester Monarchs in a shootout Friday night, getting conversions from Andrew Joudrey and Jonathan Marchessault, while goaltender Mike McKenna denied all four of Manchester’s attempts. Newly-acquired forward Paul Thompson scored twice in regulation, his second and third tallies as a member of the Falcons, and Darryl Boyce added his third shorthanded score of the season. McKenna made 38 saves on 41 shots through regulation and overtime.
Springfield 3, Hartford 4
Saturday, February 22
Despite holding a 3-1 lead after two periods of play, the Falcons fell in regulation to I-91 rival, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Hartford scored three times in the third period (Hensick, Hrivik, Yogan) to dissolve the Springfield lead and seal the 4-3 victory. Ryan Craig, Jean-Francois Jacques and Austin Madaisky notched the Falcons goals.
Springfield 2, Norfolk 3
Sunday, February 23
The Falcons fought back from a 2-0 deficit to even the score in the third period, but Rickard Rakell’s tally with 7:26 remaining in regulation served as the deciding goal of the contest. Darryl Boyce got Springfield on the board with a snap shot from the slot at 11:03 of the second period. Sean Collins tied the game with a redirection in front on Andrew Joudrey’s wrist shot at 6:35 of the third period. Goaltender Jeremy Smith made 22 saves on 25 shots between the posts for the Falcons.
Sunday, March 2 – Springfield at Worcester, DCU Center, 3:00 p.m.
Newly-acquired forward Paul Thompson has made an impact offensively for the Falcons. In nine games since joining Springfield from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Thompson has registered five points (three goals, two assists), 20 penalty minutes and a +3 rating. The Derry, New Hampshire native totaled seven points (four goals, three assists) in 39 games with the Penguins this season. Thompson scored twice in the Falcons’ 4-3 shootout win over the Manchester Monarchs Friday night.
PROUT RECALLED BY COLUMBUS
Defenseman Dalton Prout was recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday evening, returning to the team’s NHL affiliate after 15 games with the Falcons. The LaSalle, Ontario native totaled three assist, 11 penalty minutes and a -2 rating with Springfield this season. In 27 games with Columbus in 2013-14, Prout has registered two assists, 33 penalty minutes and a -6 rating. He did, however, lead the Blue Jackets in 2012-13 with a +15 rating in only 28 games.
ATOP THE NORTHEAST DIVISION
At 33-17-1-4, the Falcons lead the Northeast Division by five points over the second-place Albany Devils. Springfield’s .645 points percentage, 33 wins and 71 points are all good for third in the American Hockey League.
ERIXON POINT STREAK
Falcons defenseman Tim Erixon is currently riding a five-game point streak, totaling six points (one goal, five assists) over that span. The former first-round draft pick leads all Springfield defensemen with 26 assists and 31 points in only 34 games played this season.
PINK IN THE RINK
The Springfield Falcons will have Pink in the Rink at their home game Saturday, March 1 versus the Providence Bruins, presented by Noble Hospital. The team will wear specialty jerseys to raise money and awareness on behalf of breast cancer research. For tickets to the game, visit the MassMutual Center box office or click here to purchase tickets online. For a discounted group rate, please contact a Falcons sales representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
HEATHER O'REILLY APPEARANCE
Heather O'Reilly, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist with the United States Women's National soccer team, will sign autographs at the Falconsgame March 22 versus the Manchester Monarchs. In addition to her Olympic success, O'Reilly also won two NCAA National Championships at the University of North Carolina, a WPS championship with SKY Blue FC, and a Bronze (2007) and Silver Medal (2011) at the World Cup. For tickets to the game, visit the MassMutual Center box office or click hereto purchase tickets online. For a discounted group rate, please contact a Falcons sales representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
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.