11/02/2013 8:52 PM
The Springfield Falcons (7-2-0-1) scored two shorthanded goals en route to a 3-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack (7-3-0-2) Saturday night at the MassMutual Center. With the win, the Falcons pulled to within one point of the Wolf Pack for first place in the Northeast Division with two games in hand on the nearby rival.
Jake Hansen scored the first of the Falcons’ two shorthanded goals of the night - his fourth goal of the season at the 0:42 mark of the second period – to give Springfield a 2-0 lead. For Hansen, the shorthanded goal was his third of the young season, matching a Falcons single-season record and pulling to within one of the franchise career record. The three shorthanded goals this season ranks first in the American Hockey League.
Darryl Boyce added the team’s second shorthanded goal at 16:24 of the third period, which gave Springfield a 3-1 lead and served as the eventual game-winner. For Boyce, it was his third goal of the season and second shorthanded, tying him for second in the AHL.
Cody Bass got the Falcons on the board just 2:20 into the first period, leading a two-on-one rush into the offensive zone and firing a wrist shot over Hartford goaltender Scott Stajcer’s shoulder. For Bass, the goal was his first of the season in just his second game.
Stu Bickel and Danny Kristo scored the Hartford goals.
Jeremy Smith (4-1-1) made 22 saves on 24 shots in net for Springfield. Stajcer (1-1-0) stopped 19 of 22 for the Wolf Pack.
Neither team tallied a power-play goal. Springfield went 0-for-7 on the man advantage, while Hartford was 0-for-3.
The Falcons are back in action Friday, November 8 versus the Adirondack Phantoms at the MassMutual Center for Hometown Heroes Night presented by the University of New Haven. The game is set for 7:00 p.m.