For quite a while, the Springfield Falcons' struggles could be attributed to Dustin Jeffrey being up in Arizona. After another slow weekend, it has become safe to say that the Falcons are just, well, average. Here's what you need to know from Springfield.
Falcons Go 1-2 on the Week
Portland 5, Springfield 1
The Falcons had a midweek game Wednesday, and after struggling to find answers early on, the woes continued during an abysmal final period.
After going down early in the first period, Alex Grant answered for the Falcons, knotting things up at one, but that scoreline was short-lived as the Pirates went back up 2-1 entering the second period. The Falcons proceeded to implode in the second frame, allowing three goals in the span of less than five minutes. The third period was scoreless after the Pirates exited the middle frame 5-1. Louie Domingue, now 6-6-1, had 24 saves on the night.
Springfield 4, Binghamton 3
With one night to recover between Wednesday's trouncing and Friday's matchup with the Binghamton Senators, the Falcons rose to the occasion and showed flashes of resilience for one of the first times this season, overcoming two deficits to beat the Senators.
Michael Bunting opened up the scoring with his tally at 9:16 to put the Falcons up. The Falcons took that lead to the end of the first period before Binghamton added two goals within the span of two minutes. Not to be outdone, the Falcons answered with 33 seconds remaining in the period as Matthias Plachta leveled the game heading into the final frame.
At 4:45 in the third, Max McCormick put the Senators up 3-2, however Lucas Lessio answered 42 seconds later for the Falcons to tie the game up once more. Minutes later at 7:01, Dustin Jeffrey, in his first game with Springfield since being sent back down, put the Falcons ahead once and for all. The Falcons held on to that 4-3 lead for the final 13 minutes of the game.
Niklas Treutle had 29 saves on the night.
Lehigh Valley 5, Springfield 4
After Friday night's win, the Falcons had to travel roughly 240 miles to take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Saturday evening. Despite the travel and game the night before, the Falcons took the Phantoms to a shootout in another grinder of a game.
After the Phantoms went up halfway through the first, Domenic Monardo answered for the Falcons just over a minute later. Taylor Leier put one more on the board for the Phantoms, putting them ahead by one entering the second period.
Less than five minutes into the second, Dan O'Donoghue tied the game up at two, where the score would remain for the rest of the period.
The third period had no shortage of action, with Lehigh Valley jumping on the Falcons early in the frame with two quick goals. Six minutes later, the Falcons answered as Dustin Jeffrey put them within one goal, a call that was answered by Eric Selleck at 13:24 to send the game into overtime.
After neither team found the back of the net during the five minute overtime period, Lehigh Valley (Leier and Petr Straka) converted on their first two attempts, while the Falcons (Jeffrey and Jon DiSalvatore) did not.
Nicklas Treutle had 34 saves and fell to 5-5-0 on the season.
A number of moves were made on Friday, as Craig Cunningham and Louie Domingue were called up to the Coyotes, while Dustin Jeffrey was sent to the Falcons. In a separate transaction, the Coyotes sent Marek Langhamer from the Rapid City Rush to the Falcons.
Numbers and Notes
- Friday's win against Binghamton snapped a three-game losing streak for the Falcons.
- The Falcons have lost their last four road games, and have been outshot in nine of their last eleven games.
- The Falcons have gone the last seven games without a fighting major.
- Jon DiSalvatore played in his 800th career AHL game Friday night.
- Dustin Jeffrey and Greg Carey both have six multi-point games, which leads the team.
- Jeffrey and DiSalvatore both have three-game point streaks.
The Falcons have yet another Wednesday game against Portland, as they will travel to play the Pirates. This weekend they will see the Utica Comets on Friday and the Providence Bruins on Saturday, both at home.