As quickly as training camp came, it went for the Springfield Falcons, and after a modest 1-1 preseason, the Falcons had a less than stellar home opening in what was a slow week. Here's what you need to know about what's happening in the AHL.
Falcons Mauled at Home By the Bears
The city of Springfield essentially shut down for Saturday's home opener against the Hershey Bears, as nearly 7/8 of the arena was filled and Falcons Way was closed off for a citywide block party to celebrate the beginning of a new season.
That's about as exciting as it got for the Falcons.
Springfield was crushed 5-1, and from the onset they looked overwhelmed by the Washington Capitals affiliate, as the Bears scored at 8:54 and 11:45 before the Falcons answered with their first 12 seconds later. The Bears added two more in the second and one final dagger in the third.
Running the Numbers/Notable Stats
Of many disconcerting things for the Falcons included their powerplay, which failed to convert on three opportunities in the first period, one of which was a five-on-three. They were zero of five on the night while conceding two of four power play chances.
Craig Cunningham had the lone goal for Springfield, and was assisted by Brendan Shinniman and Derek Smith. Niklas Treutle had 25 saves on 30 shots.
The Falcons lacked anyone with a positive plus/minus, while Lucas Lessio was a minus-two.
Springfield tied last season's record for fewest shots on goal in a period, with two in the second.
Other Things to Note
Craig Cunningham was named team captain on Friday, Corey Potter and Jordan Szwarz were named alternate captains.
There is only one returning Falcon from last year's squad in Domenic Monardo.
Ross Mauermann and Dakota Mermis made their professional debuts on Saturday, while Niklas Treutle played his first North American professional game. Mattias Plachta made his North American debut.
The Falcons have their first road match Tuesday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who are 2-0-0 so far this season. They will then take on a 0-1-0 Lehigh Valley Phantoms team on Saturday.