10/14/2013 12:45 PM
The Springfield Falcons (3-0-0-0) remain undefeated, winning both of its games this past week. Friday night, the team earned a 4-3 victory over the Worcester Sharks at the MassMutual Center before defeating the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on the road by the final score of 3-1 Saturday afternoon. Springfield stands just one point behind the Hartford Wolf Pack for the top spot in the Northeast Division but holds a game in hand over the nearby rival.
The Falcons continue their current four-game road swing this weekend, visiting the Providence Bruins Friday and the Adirondack Phantoms Saturday night. The team is back at the MassMutual Center Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. to host the Worcester Sharks.
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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, Worcester 3
Saturday, October 12
The Falcons defeated the Sharks by the score of 4-3 in the battle of Massachusetts Saturday night. Jake Hansen scored twice, including the shorthanded game-winning goal at 16:16 of the second period. For Hansen, the goals were his first two of the season, but the second-year forward from White Bear Lake, Minnesota also found the back of the net three times in the team’s two preseason games.
Tim Erixon, who was loaned to Springfield Friday night, made an immediate impact. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman assisted on three scores and finished the contest with a +3 rating.
Falcons rookie Lukas Sedlak score the first professional goal of his career, deflecting a puck past Worcester netminder Harri Sateri in the opening stanza. Sedlak, who was drafted by Columbus in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL draft, played the past two seasons for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Jeremy Smith stayed perfect between the posts for Springfield, improving to 2-0-0 after his 26-save performance. Through two starts, the Dearborn, Michigan native boasts a 2.40 goals against average along with a .906 save percentage.
Springfield 3, Bridgeport 1
Sunday, October 13
Webster Bank Arena
Springfield improved to 3-0-0-0 with a 3-1 victory over Bridgeport Sunday afternoon behind a strong start and stellar play in net. The Falcons scored the first three goals of the game and held the Sound Tigers scoreless for the first 55:40 of the contest.
Tim Erixon put forth another impressive effort, adding another assist and his first goal of the season. At the 13:39 mark of the second period, the former first-round draft selection fired a slap shot from the right point that found its way into the back of the net to give Springfield a 3-0 edge. Erixon’s assist came on a Michael Chaput power-play tally, as the second-year forward beat Bridgeport goaltender Kenny Reiter over his left shoulder with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Darryl Boyce notched the first goal of the game, a shorthanded score at 14:43 to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. It was the second straight game the Falcons scored a shorthanded goal, and for Boyce, his second goal in just three games this season.
Springfield held the Sound Tigers scoreless for the first 55:40 of the game, as Mike McKenna made 20 saves on 21 shots faced and earned the victory in his Falcons debut.
Friday, October 18 – Springfield at Providence, Dunkin Donuts Center, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 – Springfield at Adirondack, Glens Falls Civic Center, 7:00 p.m.
After a 3-0-0-0 start to the 2013-14 season, the Falcons are one of three teams to remain undefeated heading into the third week of the season (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Toronto). Springfield is also one of just nine teams to have not yet lost in regulation.
ERIXON ON FIRE
Defenseman Tim Erixon, who was loaned to the Falcons Friday, has made an immediate impact on the ice for Springfield. Erixon played his first of the season Saturday, contributing with three assists and a +3 rating. He followed that with another strong game Sunday, scoring his first goal of the season and adding another assist as well. In the early goings of the 2013-14 campaign, Erixon is second among AHL defensemen in points (5), tied for first in assists (4) and tied for fifth in rating (+4), despite playing in only two games so far.
SCORING BY PERIOD
Springfield has outscored its opponents 9-4 through the first two periods of play so far in the 2013-14 season. More specifically, the team has scored five goals in the first period of games this year, while only allowing one in the opening frame to its opponents. However, the Falcons have not scored a goal in the third period of any of its three games this season, while allowing two.
Michael Chaput (three points in three games) and Tim Erixon (five points in two games) are the only two Falcons to have recorded a point in every game they have played in. The team’s assistant captains - Frederic St. Denis and Andrew Joudrey – both had their point streaks snapped Sunday after assists in each of the first two games.
ASSIGNED TO EVANSVILLE
Defenseman Thomas Larkin – in the first year of a three-year NHL entry-level contract with Columbus – was reassigned and Joe Lavin – on a one-year AHL contract with Springfield – was loaned to the Evansville IceMen, the team’s ECHL affiliate Monday. Neither has a played in a game yet this season due to the team’ depth on the blue line. The Falcons had 10 defensemen on the roster before the transaction.
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.