AHL Game Night 12/9: Falcons at Sharks

First, a stat correction last night. The AHL website originally had both Karri Ramo and Jonathan Boutin allowing 2 goals last night against Albany. The corrected sheet has Ramo allowing 3 goals on 14 shots while Boutin allowed 1 goal on 16 shots faced, which is relevant because of what Boutin did tonight.

SPR-3
WOR-0

Jonathan Boutin stopped 32 of 32 shots faced tonight and was the proverbial stopper getting the win to break the team's 2 game losing streak and the shutout which was his first of the season and second of his AHL career. Boutin's night included a crucial third period where the Falcons were outshot 12-4 but Boutin stood up to the test. Justin Keller scored Springfield's first goal on a 5-on-3 power play and Norm Milley added an insurance marker on a 5-on-4 power play before Marek Kvapil sealed the win with an empty net goal. Eric Healey had 2 assists while individual assists went to Daniel Corso and Eric Healey.

First Period
SPR Keller, (8) (Corso, Healey), 11:56 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Milley, (11) (Delmore), 0:30 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Kvapil, (4) (Healey), 19:45 (EN)

Don't look now, but Jonathan Boutin is 3-0-0 in December with 1 shutout, a 1.30 GAA and a .958 save percentage in 5 games this month. Coach Stirling has become confident in Boutin's ability and now has two talented, athletic young goaltenders in his arsenal, and until Springfield learns to put in a full 60 minute effort, they'll rely heavily on their goaltenders to weather surges and get wins. The Falcons are now 14-12-0 with 28 points, just 3 points behind division leading Portland with the Pirates holding a game in hand.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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Tampa symptoms

By reading alot of the gameday rundowns, it seems like these guys just give up one or two periods a night, and it's usually the third. I constantly see stats like "outshot 12-4 in the third" or "Ramo stopped this many out of an insert monsterous ammount of shots here"

Is it just lack of effort or are they running out of gas in late periods?

I think it's because their

I think it's because their defense doesn't respond well to pressure. They're very undermanned on the backline with Andy Rogers being hurt and the corps being so young overall. It's probably not something they can fix without some personnel changes to bolster their backline.

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