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Game Night 10/14: Falcons at Wolf Pack

I'm watching the game live again using the B2 Networks feed. Gerard Dicaire is in the lineup tonight with Paul Ranger up with the big club. Tiley, Greco and Deveaux are making their debuts as well. Henrich, Bombardir, McLaren and Rohloff are scratched.

Game Night 10/8: Pirates at Falcons

Tonight marks the opening game of the second season for the Springfield Falcons under a full affiliation with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Much is on the line as the Lightning try and establish the Falcons as a credible AHL club while at the same time developing desperately needed young talent which will be in the NHL sooner rather than later with the new CBA. I will be covering the game live using the B2 Networks' cybercast, so for those who aren't watching the Panthers/Lightning game, buckle up. [i]Update: I just wanted to add because I bagged on the internet connection I got to the B2 Network the last game that their service was nearly flawless all night long. Excellent job B2.[/i] Tonight's lineup and lines: Milley/Vesce/Campbell Craig/Jaspers/Artyukhin Reid/Henrich/Kvapil Fritz/Tarnasky Ranger/Rohloff H. Pratt/Egener O'Brien/Bombardir Eklund Coleman

Falcons Sign Bombardir to PTO

The Springfield Falcons have announced the signing of defenseman Brad Bombardir to a professional tryout contract. The long time New Jersey Devil and Minnesota Wild alum brings a considerable amount of professional experience to the team with 356 games of NHL service to his credit. By inking the stay-at-home defenseman, the Falcons' roster has ballooned to 25 players, 9 of whom now are defensemen. The Falcons' season begins Saturday against the Portland Pirates.

Springfield Re-assigns Nine to Johnstown

According to a Springfield Falcons Press Release, the following players were re-assigned to Johnstown (ECHL): Zbynek Hrdel (LW), John Toffey (LW), Randy Rowe (LW), Jonathan Boutin (G), Jay Rosehill (D), Brandon Elliott (F), Dennis Packard (LW), Justin Kelly (C), and Jean-Francois Soucy (LW). The Falcons have reduced their roster to 24 players including: three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards. Springfield completed their preseason with a record of 2-1, including victories over the Providence Bruins and Hartford Wolf Pack. Noteable among those remaining in Springfield are goaltenders Morgan Cey and Gerald Coleman, who now move into the finals of their battle to back-up Brian Eklund.

Game Day 10/2: Wolfpack at Falcons (Exhibition)

Today's game represents one last chance to impress for bubble players looking to avoid reassignment to Johnstown of the ECHL. Among the players possibly in danger of missing the cut are: Morgan Cey, Zbynek Hrdel, J.F. Soucy, Brandon Elliot, Gerald Coleman and Dennis Packard. On a personal note, I'm plunking down the $6 for B2 Network's cybercast. Pretty good quality thus far. Looks like Eklund starting with Coleman backing up. Recap from [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2784.shtml]Falconsahl.com[/url] is up. HFD-4 SPR-5 (Final-OT) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Hartford- Giroux, (Genoway) [i]The Falcons are getting dominated at even strength by the Wolfpack, and that was especially so early in the period. Wolfpack took a handful of penalties that helped the Falcons get their legs, and although the power play looked decent and generated some chances the Falcons squandered a 5-on-3 and some other opportunities.[/i] [b]2nd Period[/b] 2. Hartford- Dawes, (Baranka, Tselios) 3. Springfield- Henrich, (Reid, Rohloff) 4. Springfield- Jaspers, (Deveaux, Craig) 5. Springfield- Greco, (Milley, Campbell) 6. Hartford- Sparre

Artyukhin Sent to Springfield

Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times reports [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/10/01/Lightning/Full_team_produces_em.shtml]Evgeny Artyukhin was assigned to Springfield of the AHL[/url] after the conclusion of tonights Lightning/Hurricanes preseason tilt. The Lightning roster now stands at 21 players with Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling battling for the final roster spot.

Game Night 9/30: Bruins at Falcons (Exhibition)

PRO-2 SPR-5 The Falcons [url=http://www.providencebruins.com/press_releases/index.php?id=272]waffled the Providence Bruins tonight[/url] in their first official preseason game 5-2. Falcons goal scorers were Norm Milley, shorthanded, Marek Kvapil, Jim Campbell, Dennis Packard and Brandon Elliot. Brian Eklund stopped 17 of 19 through two periods before giving way to Morgan Cey who went a perfect 6 for 6 in the final frame to seal the victory. [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/112813440270630.xml&coll=1]Fran Sypek's write up of the game[/url] praises last year's rookie Falcons like Andre Deveaux. Second year pros Deveaux and Henrich notched one assist each while Paul Ranger had 2 assists. Norm Milley (1G 1A) and Ryan Vesce (2A) also had multi-point nights. Vesce was originally credited with the Falcons' fifth goal which was awarded to Elliot. Henrich and Darren Reid led the team in shots on goal. The Falcons' final preseason game is Sunday.

Dicaire Assigned to Springfield

Defenseman Gerard Dicaire [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBIX0AD6EE.html]has been medically cleared to play and has been sent to Springfield[/url] to participate in Falcons' training camp. Dicaire was being treated for a neurological disorder which caused his nervous system to improperly regulate his blood pressure.

Zero Fans See Falcons Drop 7-2 Decision to Lowell

The 2005-06 Springfield Falcons looked a lot like the dreaded 2004-05 Falcons as Lowell broke open a 2-2 second period tie to beat Springfield 7-2 Tuesday night. The game, which was added late to the exhibition schedule, [url=http://www.masslive.com/springfield/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1127894318249930.xml&coll=1] was played in an empty MassMutual Center[/url] and was described by Brandon Elliott as basically a scrimmage. Scoring for the Falcons, who dressed several tryout players, was Lightning prospect Zbynek Hrdel and tryout defenseman and former Ohio State Buckeye Doug Andress. Gerald Coleman and Jonathan Boutin continued their battle for depth chart supremacy with Coleman widening his lead by allowing two goals in his 30 minutes of action. Boutin allowed five to take the loss.

Opinion: What The 2005-2006 Falcons Roster Will Look Like

Fran Sypek of the Republican did [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1127348101241090.xml&coll=1#continue]a good, concise writeup on the impending Falcons training camp Wednesday after the Lightning reassigned 18 players to Springfield.[/url] So, with the Falcons' beat writer breaking the tape I believe it can be officially declared that speculating on Springfield's roster to be fair game. In this blog entry I'll give a good crack at it.
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