The Falcons' winless streak is now at 13 games.
Brian Eklund stopped just 25 of 29 shots before Syracuse added an empty net goal at game's end. Once again, Springfield's goaltending allowed 4 or more goals despite the defense allowing under 30 shots against.
Defensemen Ray Schultz and Timo Helbling both scored their first goals in a Falcons uniform. Schultz also tacked on an assist in his second game with the Falcons. Nick Tarnasky also potted a goal for Springfield.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Lightning overage prospect winger Anton But posted three assists today to help the Lokomotiv roll over SKA St. Peterburg 8-3. Yaroslavl is third on the Superleague table just one point back of Omsk in the standings. But is currently 4th in the Superleague in scoring with 14 goals and 35 points in 38 games. He is also tied for 5th in the league in goals and is 4th in the league in assists.
Alexander Polushin was again a scratch for Severstal Cherepovets. Bolt Prospects is currently looking into the 2001 second round pick's status.
Andreas Holmqvist had 2 assists today and Linkopings defeated Vastra Frolunda 5-4. Fredrik Norrena stopped 27 of 31 shots faced to improve his record to 17-8-5 this season. Frolunda is currently 2nd on the Elitserien table and saw their lead over third place Linkopings shrink to three points after the loss. Through 33 games, defenseman Andreas Holmqvist has 4 goals, 13 points and 46 penalty minutes. His +7 rating is the third best among Linkopings' blueliners.
HPK made sure their young netminder Karri Ramo's return to the lineup after being gone for a month for the Rosno Cup break and World Junior Championships would be an easy one today. His club scored 6 goals in the second period en route to destroying Jokerit 10-2. Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced for the victory. His record improves to 5-3-3 on the season. Ramo currently ranks 4th in the SM-liiga with a 1.79 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Former Springfield Falcons head coach Marc Potvin was found dead tonight in Kalamazoo, MI just hours before his Adirondack Frostbite were to take the ice for a UHL game. Potvin coached two seasons in Springfield including the '01-'02 season which was the first of a joint affiliation the Falcons had with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Among the players Potvin coached were current Lightning players Dimitry Afanasenkov and Martin Cibak as well as current Falcons players Jason Jaspers and Harlan Pratt. While head coach of the Frostbite, Potvin also coached Chiefs center Justin Kelly. Bolt Prospects send condolences to Potvin's family.