The periods of success that had Falcons fans optimistic have proven to be nothing more than just mere flashes in the pan, as Springfield put together another lackluster weekend. After winning three out of three games two weeks ago, the Falcons went 1-2 a week ago, and looked to carry themselves out on a high note going into September. Such fortune was not found. Here's what you need to know abut the past week in Springfield.
Falcons Go 1-2 For the Second Straight Week
The Falcons entered the weekend on a promising note, but were unable to keep the success going for the back end. Friday night, Nicklas Treutle earned his second straight shutout (with the other coming from the 2-0 win against Bridgeport on Sunday the 22nd) with Springfield's 2-0 win against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Treutle stood on his head behind a porous Falcons defense, making 36 saves, 21 of which came in the first half. Alex Grant potted his fourth goal of the season with 3:33 left in the first period, and the game would not see another goal until Lucas Lessio put away an empty-netter 1:09 left in the game.
Then things began to go south.
Springfield squandered an early lead Saturday night at home, losing to the Albany Devils 4-3. Greg Carey put the Falcons on the board first at 8:13, but the by period's end, the Falcons had coughed up two goals, not only letting Albany back in the match, but handing over the lead. In the second period, Domenic Monardo's put away an equalizer for his first goal of the year, however Albany answered less than four minutes later, putting the Devils up 3-2 heading into the final frame. At 3:12, Monardo added another goal, but previous history persisted, and the Falcons gave up the go-ahead, and eventual winner to Paul Thompson just over five minutes later. Treutle had 33 saves on the night.
The third period Sunday evening was arguably the most abysmal all season, as the Falcons went into the final frame tied 1-1 and proceeded to lose 6-2. Lucas Lessio scored the first goal for the Falcons just over a minute into the second period to equalize the 1-0 lead established earlier by the Coyotes' former affiliate. Over the course of 4:20, the Falcons allowed three goals and the Pirates went up 4-1. Four minutes after the Pirates fourth goal, Laurent Dauphin brought the Falcons within two before the Pirates scored two empty-netters in the final three minutes. In his first game since November 20, Louie Domingue had 31 saves.
- In the past four games, Nicklas Treutle has 133 saves on 140 shots. He has a pair of wins and a pair of losses during that stretch. In a span lasting from November 21 to Saturday, Treutle shut out opponents for 143:08 minutes.
- Lucas Lessio has scored in three of Springfield's last four games.
- The Falcons have trailed seven times this season at the conclusion of the first period. They've proceeded to lose all seven of those games. Conversely, they are 6-1-1 when leading after the first.
- This weekend will be the fourth consecutive weekend the Falcons play three games in three days.
- With his assist on Friday, Michael Bunting earned his first career AHL point.
- Alex Grant is tied for third-most points for defenseman in the AHL with 17 (4 goals, 13 assists).
After being called up Monday the 23rd, Louie Domingue was sent back down to Springfield a day later. In the same transaction, Philip Samuelsson was assigned to Springfield while Dustin Jeffrey was called up to Arizona.
On Friday, the Falcons signed Mike Hoeffel and Jon DiSalvatore to Professional Tryout Contracts. Hoeffel played in 62 games for the Falcons last season with a line of 9-9-18. DiSalvatore is an AHL journeyman, having played 792 games with 8 different teams. He played 43 games last season in Germany with Munich EHC. In a separate transaction, Keith Aulie was released from his PTO. Aulie skated in seven games, scoring one goal.
The Falcons have another packed weekend ahead of them, starting off with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Springfield on Friday. They'll then play a pair of games in Providence against the Bruins on Saturday and Sunday.