12/07/2013 10:51 PM
The Springfield Falcons (15-4-1-1) defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack by the final score of 3-2 Saturday night at the MassMutual Center, improving the team’s record to 4-0-0-0 in matchups between the two Northeast Division rivals this season.
Broc Little found the back of the net off of a Wolf Pack defenseman’s skate at 18:58 of the second period to give Springfield a 3-2 lead. For Little, the goal was his second of the season, first since October 19, and served as the game-winner Saturday night.
The Falcons got out to an early 2-0 lead, getting first-period tallies from Dalton Smith and Patrick McNeill. Smith buried a rebound off of Tim Erixon’s initial shot from the point at 3:09 of the opening frame to put Springfield ahead 1-0. Smith’s score was his third of the season and second in the team’s last three games.
Patrick McNeill scored the team’s only power-play goal, scoring on a seeing-eye wrist shot from the right point with only 0.4 seconds remaining in the first period to give the Falcons a two-goal lead.
The Wolf Pack answered with two consecutive goals in the second period to even the score at 2-2. Ryan Bourque – at 11:51 – and Connor Allen – at 17:56 – were credited with the scores.
Jeremy Smith made 19 saves on 21 shots faced in net for Springfield, improving to 9-3-1 this season. Jeff Malcolm stopped 22 of 25 shots in a losing effort for Hartford, falling to 1-3-0 in 2013-14.
Each team converted once on the power play. Springfield went 1-for-6 with the man advantage, while Hartford went 1-for-3.
Including Saturday night’s victory, the Falcons have won six consecutive games at home and eight of their last nine at the MassMutual Center. Springfield maintains a 10-2-0-0 record at home this season.
The Falcons are back in action Sunday, December 8 when they hit the road to take on the Wolf Pack for the first time this season at the XL Center in Hartford. The team plays its next five games on the road, returning to the MassMutual Center Thursday, December 26 to host the Adirondack Phantoms.