Here's the good news: the Springfield Falcons have earned a point this season. That's right, after being obliterated in their first four games, they managed to force a game into overtime this weekend. They promptly lost, however.
If that is enough to make you want to continue reading, here is all you need to know abut the week it was in Springfield.
Falcons Drop Home and Home Against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
The Falcons fell to 0-4-1 on the season following a pair of losses to the Atlantic Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The timing could not have been worse for Springfield's stagnant offense to see the reigning AHL Goaltender of the Year in Matt Murray. This became especially clear when they were embarrassed on home ice Friday night 5-0.
The game was not totally out of reach until late in the third period, as the Penguins only led 2-0 going into the final frame. It was when the Falcons pulled goaltender Louis Domingue that the floodgates really opened, as they gave two empty-netters and one more even strength goal in the last three minutes. Domingue would have 27 saves on 30 shots over the course of the night, while the Falcons offense, despite being shutout, created chances with 38 shots.
Saturday yielded a slightly different result, but Springfield still fell 3-2 in overtime. The Falcons led going into the third period, but allowed a goal at 6:12 that forced the game into overtime. It took WBS just 36 seconds to end it, as Dominik Simon's backhander over Domingue's glove put the game to bed.
Things to Note
The Falcons notched their first lead of the season Saturday night when Dustin Jeffrey struck first blood against the Penguins at 6:43 in the first to put the Falcons up 1-0.
At 2-24, the Falcons are 27th in the AHL on the power play. At 16.7%, however, the Falcons road power play is 11th in the AHL.
The Falcons have been outscored 10-1 in the third period.
The team-leaders in plus/minus (Ross Mauermann and Greg Carey) are a negligible plus-one.
With one point, the Falcons are the sole owners of last place in the AHL.
Goalie Issue Resolved, but Not Really
With Domingue starting both Friday and Saturday, it looks as if he will be the starter moving forward. However, Domingue has yet to put up a truly respectable performance, and currently owns a .888 save percentage and a 3.34 goals against average with an 0-2-1 record.
As quickly as Matthias Plachta came up, he went back down. Plachta was called up to Arizona last Monday, but was sent back down Thursday.
The Falcons announced a pair of transactions Monday, as forward Tyler Gaudet was recalled by the Coyotes and (in a separate transaction) Marek Langhamer was sent down to the Rapid City Rush. Gaudet has appeared in four games with the Falcons this season, and has played two games with the Coyotes, both of which were last season.
Langhamer, a goaltender, has not appeared in any games with the Falcons this season.
The Falcons will have three chances to crawl out of the cellar this week, as they will see the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at home on Wednesday, the Rochester Americans on Friday at home, and the Providence Bruins on the road Sunday afternoon.