The past seven days have continued to be horrid for the Springfield Falcons; they dropped both matches this week and are now 0-3, one of three remaining teams in the AHL without a win. Here's all you need to know (which surprisingly is quite a bit) about what's going on in Springfield.
Falcons Drop Both Matchups
The Falcons fell 5-3 on Tuesday night to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers before getting mowed over on Friday 4-1 to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Tuesday was the first time all season that the offense seemed to even remotely click, as all three goals came from different players (Alex Grant, Dustin Jeffrey and Brendan Shinnimin). The blue line, however, was clearly lacking and made the job on the attacking end of the ice more challenging as the defense hardly did any services on their end.
With the score at 4-3 late in the game, the Falcons pulled netminder Tyler Beskorowany, and the Sound Tigers quickly answered with a goal at 18:32. Shinnimin, however, answered at 19:09, leading the Falcons to pull Beskorowany once again, but the Falcons could not find another.
The Lehigh Valley game was a disaster pretty quickly into the game, as Springfield conceded its first goal at 6:25. After going down 2-0 early in the second, Steven Delisle scored to make it 2-1. The Falcons then proceeded to go scoreless for the remainder of the game.
The Revolving Door of Goaltenders
The Falcons have conceded 14 goals in just three games, all with different players in net. After Nicklas Treutle allowed five goals on 30 shots in the season opener, Beskorowany got the call for game two, allowing three goals on 26 shots. On Saturday Louie Domingue got the call, something many hoped and speculated would be a tremendous improvement, but he disappointed, allowing four goals on 33 shots.
It's unclear as of now who will be in net in the future, but head coach Ron Rolston has had no reservations trying all three options thus far into the season. It's too early to attempt to fathom who will be the mainstay in net, seeing as all three put together largely abysmal performances, but numbers alone indicate Beskorowany as the best current option.
Things to Note
Despite defense largely being a disaster area for Springfield, they managed to kill all 10 minor penalties in the loss to Lehigh Valley.
The Falcons are fifth in the league in minor penalties, with 22.
Matthias Plachta was called up to the Coyotes from Springfield Monday evening. In three games with the Falcons this season, Plachta is a plus-one with two penalty minutes. This season is Plachta's first in North America, and he will be making his first NHL appearance with the Coyotes.
The Falcons have a home and home against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday and Saturday night. They will be at home Friday and at WBS on Saturday. The Penguins are 3-1-0, good for a second place tie in the Atlantic Division.