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AHL Game Day 12/3: Falcons at Devils

Ladies and gentlemen, the Falcons just posted their first 3-0-0 weekend of the season, and they did so without their #1 goaltender. Impressive.

SPR-3
LOW-1

Gerald Coleman, who was recalled to start this game, masterfully weathered a 40 minute barrage that saw the Falcons outshot 29-15 through two periods to deliver the Falcons into the third period with a 1-0 lead. The Devils would tie the game up with 6:55 left in the game, but Coleman would allow no more stopping 37 of 38 shots faced in the game. Dan Cavanaugh paced the Falcons with 2 assists but it was David Spina's goal scored just a little over 2 minutes after the Devils tied the game in the third period that delivered the win on assists from Blair Jones and Stanislav Lascek. Jones' point snapped what had been a 10 game scoreless streak at the AHL. Rookie Justin Keller and veteran Norm Milley (empty netter) supplied the other Falcons goals. Marek Kvapil also had an assist in the game. Spina and Coleman were named the first and second stars of the game.

The win temporarily moves Springdfield to 13-10-0 this season tied with Providence for second in the Atlantic Division at 26 points. Regardless of the outcome of Providence's game with Albany (in progress) the Falcons have now moved a tantalizingly close 4 points behind idle Portland for the division lead. If the playoffs started right this moment, the Falcons would be the #6 seed in the East. How fun is this?

The Lightning organization has to be incredibly proud of how their young goaltenders performed this weekend in the absence of ace netminder Karri Ramo who was recalled to Tampa. Jonathan Boutin seized the opportunity presented to him by Ramo's absence by posting a pair of wins on Friday and Saturday night to get the ball rolling. And then Gerald Coleman rose to the occassion and played one of the best games by any Falcons goaltender this season fully taking advantage of the one game window he had to make a true statement about his place in the organization. As impressive as Boutin was, Coleman may have been even more clutch taking what he knew was one shot and making it count big time. Can you believe anyone ever doubted the depth in net the Lightning organization was developing? Can you believe with Riku Helenius and Vasily Koshechkin still in Europe that this may just be the tip of the iceberg?

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SPR Keller, (7) (Cavanaugh, Kvapil), 11:28

Third Period
LOW Tallackson, (4) (Minard, Papineau), 13:05
SPR Spina, (2) (Jones, Lascek), 15:18
SPR Milley, (10) (Cavanaugh, Corso), 19:59 (EN/PP)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Coleman Recalled to Springfield

The Springfield Falcons have announced the recall of goaltender Gerald Coleman from Springfield for this afternoon's game against the Lowell Devils. Coleman started the game for Springfield (in progress) allowing Jonathan Boutin the night off after starting in Friday and Saturday night's victories. Rookie Karri Ramo is expected to be returned to Springfield early in the week.

AHL Game Night 12/2: Bruins at Falcons

When a player gets injured or called up, you hope someone takes advantage of the opportunity and steps up in their absence. That's how you build experience, depth and flexibility in your organization, and that someone the last two nights has been Jonathan Boutin.

PRO-2
SPR-3 (SO)

Boutin stopped 29 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 6 og 8 shooters in the shootout for the win. The victory moves Boutin's record to .500 at 2-2-0 this year and he now has a 2.69 GAA and .910 save percentage on the season. Veteran Eric Healey had 2 assists while the Falcons goals came from Andy Delmore and Norm Milley. Individual helpers went to Daniel Corso and Matt Smaby as Corso's acquistion seems to have stabilized the top lines somewhat and drawn many of the Falcons' veteran scorers out of their November funks. Corso, David Spina and Zdenek Blatny scored goals for the birds in the shootout. Healey and Smaby were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

One of the pitfalls of Sean Burke's reassignment to Springfield has been that it limits the amount of playing time that can be given to Boutin who, although somewhat enigmatic, has as much pure natural athleticism and potential as just about anyone in this organization. Marc Denis' work visa fiasco has opened up a brief window of opportunity and Boutin has leapt through it with all the enthusiam and gusto of the Kool Aid man breaking through a kitchen wall. Oh yeah.

First Period
PRO Versteeg, (10) (Pelletier, Krejci), 1:11
PRO Trevelyan, (1) (Hoggan), 6:46
SPR Delmore, (6) (Corso, Healey), 7:17

Second Period
SPR Milley, (9) (Smaby, Healey), 7:33

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
PRO-Krejci, Thompson
SPR-Corso, Spina, Blatny

Center Blair Jones did dress for the Falcons and had two shots but Nick Tarnasky, who was sent down today in a paper transaction to make room for the acquisition of Andre Roy, did not. The Falcons are now 12-10-0 on the season and have moved into a three way tie for 8th in the Eastern Conference at 24 points.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/1: Falcons at Monarchs

Ramo may have been called up, but Springfield still has the Boutin Wall.

SPR-3
MAN-2 (OT)

In just his second start this season, Jonathan Boutin stopped 33 of 35 shots faced to secure his first win of the year and improve to 1-2-0. The Falcons offense was paced by veteran Norm Milley who had 1 goal and 1 assist including the overtime winner with 2:26 left in the extra session. Veteran defenseman Andy Delmore added 2 assists while rookie Justin Keller and veteran Eric Healey supplied the birds' other goals. Individual assists went to Dan Cavanaugh and Daniel Corso. Milley and Healey were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

The victory moves the Falcons to 11-10-0 this year which, despite placing the Falcons in sixth in the Atlantic Division, moves them just six points behind division leading Portland with a game in hand on the Pirates. In other words, the Falcons have played themselves right back into the thick of any potential playoff race.

First Period
SPR Keller, (6) (Cavanaugh, Delmore), 10:01
MCH Zeiler, (3) (Murphy, Clarke), 19:46 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SPR Healey, (8) (Corso, Milley), 0:36
MCH Giuliano, (2) (Kemp, Buckley), 18:26

Overtime
SPR Milley, (8) (Delmore), 2:34

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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