WEEK IN REVIEW
Springfield 1, Adirondack 2
Wednesday, October 30
Glens Falls Civic Center
The Phantoms power play loomed large Wednesday night, accounting for both of the team’s scores. Adirondack got out to a 2-0 lead behind power-play goals from Kris Newbury – at 15:03 of the second period – and Chris VandeVelde – at 12:24 of the third period. The Falcons answered with a third-period goal of their own – a Lukas Sedlak tally at 13:11 – but could not find the equalizer down the stretch.
Springfield 3, Hartford 2 (SO)
Friday, November 1
Springfield snapped its three-game losing streak Friday night, defeating Hartford 3-2 in a shootout. After a Dylan McIlrath goal at 8:04 of the first period gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead, Lukas Sedlak scored just 1:52 later to even the score. For Sedlak, it was his second goal in as many nights and fourth of the season.
Midway through the second period, Andrew Joudrey put Springfield out in front 2-1 off of a crossing feed from Alex Aleardi. The tally was Joudrey’s first of the season.
Springfield got conversions in the shootout from Aleardi and Jonathan Marchessault – the team’s leading scorer a season ago – and netminder Mike McKenna stopped four of five Hartford attempts to secure the victory.
Springfield 3, Hartford 2
Saturday, November 2
The Falcons completed the sweep of the Wolf Pack Saturday night with a 3-2 victory in regulation. Springfield scored two shorthanded goals – one each by Jack Hansen and Darryl Boyce – and denied Hartford on all three of their power plays. For Hansen, the shorthanded goal was his third of the season, which leads the American Hockey League, ties a Falcons single-season record and pulls to within just one of the franchise career record.
Boyce’s shorthanded goal was his second, tying the Summerside, Prince Edward Island native for second in the AHL.
Cody Bass got the Falcons on the board just 2:20 into the contest with his first goal of the season. The game was only Bass’ second since rejoining the team after suffering an injury in the preseason with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Jeremy Smith made 22 saves on 24 shots faced in net for Springfield, improving to 4-1-1 this season.
Friday, November 8 – Springfield vs. Adirondack, MassMutual Center, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 10 – Springfield vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, MassMutual Center, 3:00 p.m.
FALCONS START NEW STREAK
After a 5-0-0-0 start to the 2013-14 season, the Falcons had their franchise-best unbeaten streak snapped Friday, October 25 in Providence. Springfield, along with Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, was the last remaining undefeated team in the American Hockey League. Both teams lost in a shootout Friday, October 25 and in regulation Saturday, October 26. The Falcons began a new win streak this past weekend, defeating the Hartford Wolf Pack twice, both Friday and Saturday by the final score of 3-2.
NORTHEAST DIVISION TIGHT AT THE TOP
The Falcons stand one point shy of the Hartford Wolf Pack for the top spot in the Northeast Division with two games in hand over the nearby rival. Springfield gained three points on Hartford over the weekend series, earning all four possible points while only allowing Hartford to gain one with a shootout loss Friday night.
HANSEN ON THE PK
Second-year forward Jake Hansen has begun the season at a career-best pace. Through ten games, the 24-year-old centerman has scored four goals, equaling his total in the entire 2012-13 campaign. Hansen has also added four assists, ranking him second on the team with eight points. The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native leads the entire American Hockey League with three shorthanded goals and a +11 rating.
CODY BASS INSTANT IMPACT
Forward Cody Bass was returned to Springfield by the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday after missing the first month of the season due to an injury suffered in the preseason. Bass scored the game’s first goal Saturday – a day after he made his season debut – and earned third star honors. The Owen Sound, Ontario native is well known in Springfield for his back-to-back overtime game-winning goals in the opening round of the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs versus the Manchester Monarchs. Bass wore the “A” on his chest Saturday, serving as the team’s third assistant captain.
Forward Sean Collins was recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday night, returning to the NHL club for the second time this season. Collins played in one game for Columbus earlier this season, registering one hit in 9:22 of action October 17 versus Montreal. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native made five appearances with the Blue Jackets in 2012-13.
CELEBRITY SERVERS AT NADIM’S DOWONTOWN MEDITERANNEAN GRILL
Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill is hosting a Falcons Celebrity Servers event Thursday, November 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Four Falcons players will be in attendance to serve patrons food and drinks, take pictures and signed autographs. There will also be a raffle with exciting prizes, including an autographed stick.
The Falcons host the Adirondack Phantoms Friday, November 8 at the MassMutual Center for Hometown Heroes Night, which honors local men and women who serve and protect the greater-Springfield community.