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Falcons Sign Spina to PTO

The Springfield Falcons [url=]have announced the signing of winger Dave Spina to a professional tryout contract.[/url] Spina, 21, has spent the first part of the season with South Carolina of the ECHL where he notched 7 goals in 11 games. Prior to that Spina played 8 games with Utah of the AHL after finishing up an impressive junior career with Boston College of the Hockey East conference where he had his career season as a sophomore with 17 goals and 37 points in 37 games. Spina, who is 5'11" 185 lbs. is a good skater who is expected to contribute offensively for the Falcons.

Coleman Sent Back to Springfield

The Tampa Bay Lightning [url=]have reassigned Gerald Coleman to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Coleman got a brief taste of NHL action in relief of John Grahame in a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers. The interesting dilemma now becomes what happens to Jonathan Boutin, who shined in his first two games at the AHL level.

Game Night 11/12: Sound Tigers at Falcons

I will be live blogging this one using the B2 feed as the Falcons try to snap their own losing streak. Starting lineups: Milley/Vesce/Campbell O'Brien/H.Pratt And the main attraction: Jonathan Boutin in net. BRI-2 SPR-1 (End 3rd) [b]First Period[/b] 1. Bridgeport- Smith, (unassisted) [i]What a slooooowwww pace to this game. The balance of play was carried by Bridgeport which isn't really being challenged very hard physically in the corners and have had their forecheck working all game long. They're generating scoring chances but to the Falcons' credit, they blocked a ton of shots in this period. Bridgeport's lone goal came on a turnover by Harlan Pratt in the corner when there was a miscommunication with Doug O'Brien. A subsequent centering attempt ping ponged off O'Brien to a wide open Sound Tiger for an easy point blank score. Boutin, who looked composed, under control and was following the puck well in the period, didn't have a chance on that one. Best scoring chance of the period came on a nice play early in the first when the Falcons used their point men well. Brad Tiley moved the puck for the left point to the center point to Gerard Dicaire who made a nice diagonal pass to the left circle for Campbell who couldn't finish. Scoring chances have been few and far between though. The Falcons really need to try and get Bridgeport into the box to shift the pace of this game. As of now, the Sound Tigers aren't being challenged much. As a PS, Zbynek Hrdel hasn't looked out of place on the Falcons' second line. Lines tonight: Milley/Vesce/Campbell Craig/Jaspers/Hrdel Reid/Tarnasky/Kvapil Fritz/Deveaux O'Brien/H.Pratt Tiley/Dicaire Helbling/Rosehill Boutin Eklund[/i] [b]Second Period[/b] 2. Bridgeport- Smith, (Tunik, Flache) 3. Springfield- Reid, (H.Pratt)(PP) [i]Jonathan Boutin really struggled with his rebound control in that period. By my count he allowed four pretty bad rebounds on long shots, one of which ended up in the back of the net. On three of those, Jonathan was unscreened. That's mental. I know and he knows he is technically better than that. On the other side of the coin, he also made an unbelievably quick recovery save on the first of those rebounds and he did make the save of the game thus far to keep the Falcons in this thing sliding post to post on a Bridgeport 3-on-1 to rob a shooter with his left pad. That is a save I doubt Eklund or Coleman, heck even Burke or Grahame, would have made. Timo Helbling had a wide open chance in the slot early in the period and decided to shoot the puck well over the net. Shame, because for much of the period it was about the only quality chance Springfield had on Madden. That's not to say the Falcons aren't getting stronger on the forecheck as the game goes on. They're starting to draw some calls and they finally cashed in after some very poor looking power plays. A very stupid double minor late in the period by Bridgeport ended up in the back of the net when a long Harlan Pratt slap shot hit a defender in front and squirted to Darren Reid in the slot who buried the power play goal. He earned it stripping a Sound Tigers defender who looked like he had an easy clear earlier in the shift. Falcons have the second half of the double minor and momentum going into the third.[/i] [b]Third Period[/b] NONE [i]Jonathan Boutin deserved better. I can't give him the A+ tonight for the five bad rebounds he kicked around, but he gave the Falcons every opportunity to win this game. In the third period he was magnificent. On one save he moved quickly and efficiently from his right post to the top of his crease to get square and stifle a great chance by Wyatt Smith in the slot. And that's one thing I think he was absolutely fantastic in tonight. When I saw him in Johnstown's opener earlier this year he played at times a little out of control, overplaying his angles at time. He was deadly efficient tonight moving around his crease. Giguere efficient. Dare I say it considering he's wearing that #35 right now, Khabibulin efficient. The problems I saw in this game with the rebounds and some polishing he needs to his stickhandling are easily correctable. That kind of athleticism and technical capability to play under control and technically efficient are not something as easy to bestow. He's taken a lot of shots to his reputation deserved and undeserved because of his nomadic junior career, but he showed why he was a first day draft pick tonight, especially in the third when he later stoned Bergenheim on a partial breakaway in the third and then bailed out Jay Rosehill on a bad turnover in the corner that allowed a Sound Tiger to roll out from behind the cage 1-on-1 against Boutin. 19 saves on 21 shots on the game. I remain very excited about his future. Darren Reid was named the second star for his goal. He had a nice game and in general I'd like to see Graham play that third line more. It's kind of ridiculous how little Tarnasky plays considering he was just in the NHL for nine games. The Milley/Vesce/Campbell line was very ineffective tonight and I would've liked to have seen some of their minutes peeled off to Tarnasky and Reid. In general the team got in good position on dump ins to win loose pucks, but they just could not seem to win any one-on-one battles to sustain the forecheck and start the cycle. On defense, I really wonder at what point you send Rosehill back to Johnstown and recall Egener. Rosehill is a nice prospect, but he isn't ready to play a lot of minutes at the AHL level quite yet and it shows.[/i]

Game Night 11/11: Falcons at Pirates

Ahhhhh, it's like a deep dark soulless pit of despair right now... SPR-1 POR-5 Brian Eklund gets torched for five goals as the Falcons, who were no doubt emotionally shellshocked after last night's collapse against Manchester, got roughly doubled up on shots. Game sheet from [url=][/url]

Todd Rohloff: One Man MASH Unit

The Springfield Republican [url=]reports that Todd Rohloff underwent surgery yesterday to repair his broken nose. [/url]Rohloff's beak straightening comes as his third run in with the injury bug this season. He was already sidelined for much of Lightning camp with back spasms and missed weeks of action after hurting his knee in a spill in the Falcons' opening night victory.

Game Night 11/10: Monarchs at Falcons

Sickening. MAN-6 SPR-5 (SO) To blow a 3 goal lead in less than five minutes in inexcusable. There's good points and there bad points (used to be good ties and bad ties, but the cliche has to change with the times), tonight was a bad point for the Springfield Falcons. And there's not a heck of a lot more you can say about it. Game sheet from [url=][/url]

Eklund/Tarnasky Reassigned to Springfield

The Tampa Bay Lightning have [url=]reassigned Brian Eklund and Nick Tarnasky to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Both players will be available for the Falcons' game Thursday at home against Manchester. As a consequence, expect Jonathan Boutin and perhaps one skater to be reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL within the next 24-48 hours. The Chiefs' next game is Friday night against Trenton at home.

Falcons/Lightning Looking to Extend Affiliation

According to the Springfield Republican, Falcons GM/Owner Bruce Landon is preparing to fly to Tampa in early December to hammer out a long term extention for the single affiliation agreement the team has with the Tampa Bay Lightning through the year 2010. The deal would coincide with the length of time left on the Falcons' lease with the newly rennovated Mass Mutual Center. The two organization's current affiliation agreement expires this summer.

Game Night 11/6: Wolf Pack at Falcons

It was a tough spot to be in as a team. The Falcons were playing their third game in three nights and their fourth without starting netminder Brian Eklund who was still up with the Lightning. Something had to give... I just had hoped it wouldn't be against a division opponent the Falcons were tied with in 1st in the division. But the dam finally broke in the third period. HFD-5 SPR-3 Rookie Gerald Coleman took the loss stopping 24 of 28 shots. The positives: Jason Jaspers continued the season of his lifetime with a goal and an assist and Zbynek Hrdel notched his first AHL point. Still, the hope has to be that by next weekend the callup situation will be resolved and possibly Eklund and one or two of the forwards will be back with the team. Game sheet from [url=][/url]

Game Night 11/5: Falcons at Bears

To go into Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton and Hershey on back to back nights and steal 3 out of 4 points is outstanding. Period. SPR-2 HER-3 (SO) Jonathan Boutin stopped 50 of 52 shots faced. [b]50 saves[/b] in his AHL debut. That's not a typo. And he had an assist on top of that. That's not a typo either. Rightfully he earned #1 star of the game even in a shootout defeat. It's a shame he couldn't make that one more save late in the 3rd period or that the Falcons' final three shooters in the shootout couldn't get that one more talley for the rookie. The irony is that if this game was played under the NHL's shootout rules, Boutin wins. Ryan Vesce was outstanding again with two goals in regulation and he scored in the shootout for Springfield as well. The rookie now has 4 goals and 10 points in 10 games and it may well be time for the Lightning to consider purchasing his contract from the Falcons and making him officially a member of the Lightning family. Just my opinion. Game sheet can be found at [url=][/url]
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