Springfield Falcons

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AHL Game Night 1/24: Falcons at Monarchs

Unfortunately, this Falcons team just doesn't have a second line to speak of, and it's very difficult for them to come from 2 goals down as a result.

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Karri Ramo stopped 28 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Springfield got 1 goal and 1 assist from Daniel Corso and a pair of helpers from Eric Healey. The other Falcons goal came from a suddenly red hot Doug O'Brien who has had goals in three of the last four games. Norm Milley also chipped in an individual helper.

First Period
SPR O'Brien, (5) (Corso, Healey), 4:14 (PP)

Second Period
MCH O'Sullivan, (17) (Murray, Jackman), 7:00
MCH Tukonen, (9) (Kemp, LaBarbera), 10:49
MCH Schmidt, (4) (Murray, O'Sullivan), 13:40 (SH)

Third Period
SPR Corso, (10) (Milley, Healey), 12:01
MCH Gauthier, (9) , 19:11 (EN)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 1/21: Falcons at Wolf Pack

If Ramo got shot at any more in this game, someone would've owed him a medal.

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Karri Ramo stopped 53 of 55 shots faced in the loss as the Falcons were outshot 55-22 including 19-5 in the decisive final period. For his Herculean efforts, Ramo was named second star of the game. The lone Falcons goal came on the power play from Doug O'Brien off assists from Marek Kvapil and Blair Jones. As unholy as the shot totals were in the game, they were just one savvy play from the veteran line away from stealing a point which isn't bad for their third game in three nights.

The loss puts the Falcons 2 points back behind the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division at 22-22-1. The Falcons will face division leading Manchester on Wednesday and a struggling Philadelphia club on Saturday. From here on out every point matters.

First Period
SPR O'Brien, (4) (Kvapil, Jones), 10:46 (PP)
HFD Callahan, (26) (Immonen), 15:19

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
HFD Baranka, (3) (Dawes, Degon), 6:55 (PP)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 1/20:

Somebody forgot to tell the Falcons to play dead.

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Jonathan Boutin stopped 23 of 24 shots faced for the win and actually held a shutout up until just 3:11 left in the game's final frame. The Falcons' goals came from Blair Jones and Eric Healey with assists to Norm Milley and Matt Smaby. Boutin and Healey were named first and third stars of the game, respectively. Springfield outshot Worcester 30-24 in the game.

The win moves the Falcons 1 point behind Portland and Providence which are currently tied with 46 points in the standings and occupying the 3rd and 4th spots (the final two playoff spots) in the Atlantic Division.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SPR Jones, (5) , 7:07
SPR Healey, (19) (Milley, Smaby), 14:54
WOR Prudden, (1) (Mink, Kaspar), 16:49

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/19: Falcons at Bruins

Norm Milley returns!

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Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 5 penalty shots faced for the shootout win. Doug O'Brien and Eric Healey scored the Falcons' goals with assists belonging to David Spina, Andy Rogers, Norm Milley and Andy Delmore. Daniel Corso and Healey also notched the winning markers in the shootout session.

The victory moves Springfield back to .500 at 21-21-1, 3 points back of Providence for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

First Period
SPR O'Brien, (3) (Spina, Rogers), 11:22
PRO Versteeg, (19) (Walter, Krejci), 15:54
PRO Kalus, (4) (Krejci, Versteeg), 17:33

Second Period
SPR Healey, (18) (Milley, Delmore), 3:37

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SPR- Corso, Healey
PRO- Krejci

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Lascek, Smolenak Switch Places

According to today's Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs and AHL’s Springfield Falcons rotated players, sending Stanislav Lascek to Johnstown and Radek Smolenak to Springfield.

Smolenak played in 30 games for the Chiefs. He had a team-high 12 goals and ranked fourth with 22 points. In two earlier games with Springfield, the 6-foot-3 native of Prague, Czech Republic, didn’t score a point.

Lascek appeared in 26 games with the Falcons, netting two goals and four points. The native of Martin, Slovakia, began the season in Johnstown and was the team’s leading scorer when he was recalled in November. He had five goals and 15 points in 10 ECHL games.

Note: The newspaper also reports Falcons property Maxime Boisclair participated in the ECHL All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday and had two assists in the American Conference’s 6-3 win over the National Conference at Qwest Arena.

Burke Claimed on Re-Entry Waivers

TSN.ca is reporting the Los Angeles Kings have claimed veteran netminder Sean Burke off re-entry waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning will gain $350,000 in cap relief from the move.

AHL Game Day 1/15: Monarchs and Falcons

Under .500.

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Karri Ramo started the game and was in net until the 9:50 mark of the second period when he gave way to Jonathan Boutin for the final 10:10 of the period before returning for the third period. Boutin ended up taking the loss allowing a pair of power play goals on 3 shots. Ramo stopped 16 of 18 shots faced in his portion of the game. No word on if Ramo suffered any minor injury as of yet. Randy Rowe and David Spina had the Falcons' goals with assists going to Dan Cavanaugh, Mitch Fritz, Eric Healey and Daniel Corso. The Falcons did manage to outshoot Manchester 33-25 in the game buy allowed the Monarchs to go 3-for-5 on the power play giving up 3 PP goals in the span of 5 minutes in the second period to lose the game.

The Falcons drop to 1 game under .500 and are now in last place in the Atlantic Division. That's the bad news. The good news is they're only 2 points out of 4th place which represents the final playoff spot, so if Norm Milley and/or Justin Keller can get back in the lineup posthaste and the Falcons can find a way out of this tailspin, they're not sunk yet.

First Period
MCH Zeiler, (11) (Moulson), 15:25
SPR Rowe, (2) (Cavanaugh, Fritz), 17:36

Second Period
SPR Spina, (5) (Healey, Corso), 7:37 (PP)
MCH Stephenson, (3) (Ryan, Hoffman), 9:50 (PP)
MCH O'Sullivan, (15) (Schmidt, Kemp), 11:28 (PP)
MCH Moulson, (9) (Werner, Clarke), 15:11 (PP)

Third Period
MCH Gauthier, (8) , 18:48 (EN)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Deals

The ship appears to be righted and the boys now appear to be on a mission. I'd like to look ahead a year to bring us back to what Jay may be looking at and would like to get some thoughts from the rest of you.

Next season, we gain 2+ million in cap space when Andy and Burke drop off the payroll (I won't count DiMaio since we're basically working around his cap number presently.) We potentially lose Sarich and Fedotenko which closes us in on another $4 mil. and the cap is expected to rise $2.5 mil. Taylor with his hip is another contract to possibly fall, although I doubt it. Richardson and Karllson are $1 mil. that gets replace with other filler. That gives Jay $8 - 8.5 million to play with next season with truly only Sarich's and Fed's spots to fill. However, and I mean however, if we don't make it to at least the conference finals this season, I suspect the PS&E honchos only allow Jay $4 mil to replace Sarich & Feds and other $4 - 4.5 would be untouchable unless we were leading the division at next season's trade deadline.

AHL Game Night 1/13: Sharks at Falcons

Officially in free fall.

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Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 28 shots before leaving the game for Jonathan Boutin with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. Boutin stopped 2 of 2 shots faced. Daniel Corso had 1 goal and 1 assist and was named second star of the game. Sylvain Dufresne had the other Falcons goal while David Spina and Andy Rogers had individual assists.

The Falcons have now lost four in a row and six of their last seven games. With Norm Milley and Justin Keller out of the lineup they've been reduced to a one line team and other than David Spina none of the supporting cast has really stepped up to fill the void. Blair Jones? Zero shots on goal. Marek Kvapil? -3. Something's got to give.

First Period
SPR Dufresne, (2) (Spina, Corso), 12:07

Second Period
WOR Darche, (25) (Mink, Stafford), 9:02
WOR Leisenring, (1) (Bernier), 18:02

Third Period
WOR Leisenring, (2) (Prudden), 0:45 (SH)
WOR Kaspar, (3) (Prudden, Leisenring), 8:32
SPR Corso, (8) (Rogers), 11:12

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/12: Bruins at Falcons

Unfortunately they don't award points in the standings for improvement.

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Karri Ramo stopped 23 of 26 shots faced in the loss. David Spina led the Falcons with 1 goal and 1 assist while veteran Eric Healey notched 2 assists. Doug O'Brien scored the other Falcons goal and Daniel Corso had an individual helper. Obviously the Falcons were much more competitive tonight than last weekend when they were shellacked 7-2 by Providence, but the team is still in desperate need of wins.

Randy Rowe returned to the lineup tonight for Springfield. Justin Keller and Norm Milley remain out.

First Period
SPR Spina, (4) (Corso, Healey), 11:07 (PP)
PRO Trevelyan, (12) (Pelletier), 14:25

Second Period
PRO Krejci, (8) (Stastny, Versteeg), 0:22 (PP)
PRO Allen, (4) (Krejci), 12:31 (PP)

Third Period
SPR O'Brien, (2) (Spina, Healey), 18:04

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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