11/01/2013 7:26 PM
The Springfield Falcons (6-2-0-1) snapped their three-game losing streak and defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack (7-2-0-2) by the final score of 3-2 in a shootout.
Jonathan Marchessault notched the shootout-winning goal as he snapped a quick wrist shot past Hartford netminder Jason Missiaen. Alex Alerardi added the other conversion for Springfield, beating MIssiaen with a backhanded shot.
Falcons goaltender Mike McKenna (3-1-0) stopped four of the five Wolf Pack shootout attempts, along with 22 of the 24 shots he faced through regulation and overtime.
After Dylan McIlrath gave Hartford an early 1-0 lead, Lukas Sedlak evened the score at the 9:56 mark of the first period. The rookie stole the puck in the neutral zone, led a two-on-one rush and fired a wrist shot into the back of the net. For Sedlak, the youngest player on the Springfield squad, the score was his team-leading fourth of the season.
The Falcons grabbed a 2-1 lead at 9:02 of the second period when Aleardi streaked into the offensive zone and delivered a feed across the crease to Andrew Joudrey for the score. For the Falcons assistant captain, the goal was his first of the season.
Hartford’s Andrew Rowe scored at 17:15 of the second period to even the score at 2-2. Rowe was the only member of the Wolf Pack to convert in the shootout.
Missiaen (2-1-1) made 32 saves on 34 shots in 65 minutes in net, but allowed two of four shootout attempts past him.
The Falcons gain a point on first-place Hartford, pulling to within three with two games in hand. The two teams meet again Saturday night at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield. Saturday’s contest features the Big Y box office discount, shaving five dollars off the box office price of all adult tickets when showing a Big Y card. The offer is available only at the MassMutual box office before 5:00 p.m. the day of the game. Fans are also encouraged to bring canned soup to the game, which will be donated to Friends of the Homeless. The game is set for 7:00 p.m.