This time last week, the Springfield Falcons were 0-4-1 and the sole owners of last place in the AHL. However just as the Arizona Coyotes began to falter, the Falcons ended the October strong and carried it into November, winning all three games this week. Here's the week that was in Springfield.
Springfield 5, Bridgeport 1
The Falcons started their week off with a 5-1 win at home on Wednesday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Per usual, the Falcons allowed the first goal of the game, as Bridgeport put up what turned out to be its only tally at 12:42. However, the Falcons knotted it up by the conclusion of the first frame, on top of a Dustin Jeffrey goal that was waved off due to the shot being deflected in off of a high stick.
After finishing the second up 2-1 thanks to a Craig Cunningham goal, the Falcons put the game away in the third, as Lucas Lessio scored his first two goals of the season en route to a three goal third period for Springfield.
Niklas Treutle was the first star after a 35 save performance and an assist on the Lessio empty-netter.
Springfield 6, Rochester 1
Two nights after the Bridgeport win, the Falcons went continued with a 6-1 trouncing of the Rochester Americans.
Henrik Samuelsson got the Falcons on the board early with a goal just 4:07 into the game. Laurent Dauphin added one of his own before Rochester brought it within one by period's end. After Greg Carey's second period goal to make it 3-1, the Falcons put together yet another three-goal third period.
All three goals in the third period came in the final six minutes, starting with a power play goal from Jeffrey. 14 seconds later, Brendan Shinniman would bring the score to 5-1 before Jeffrey would add one more goal while shorthanded to bring the score to 6-1.
Louie Domingue earned his first win of the season, putting together 23 saves.
Springfield 5, Providence 2
The Falcons wrapped up their weekend with a 5-2 win on the road over the Providence Bruins.
Things appeared as if the Falcons could slip back into their old ways after the Bruins scored just 2:47 into the game. Later in the first, however, veteran Corey Potter netted his first of the season to equalize the game going into the first intermission.
Quickly into the second, the Bruins went up 2-1 after Colton Hargrove scored at the 2:39 mark. The game stayed that way through the conclusion of the period, paving the way to a four-goal final frame for the Falcons.
Alex Grant potted the first goal, followed by Cunningham's rip with 5:44 left in the period to put the Falcons ahead. From there, Carey added a power play goal and Phil Lane sealed the deal with an empty-netter.
Domingue earned his second win of the season by putting up 26 saves.
Numbers and Notes
- Dustin Jeffrey has three three-point games this season.
- With his win on Wednesday, Nicklas Treutle earned his first career AHL win.
- Jeffrey (8 points), Greg Carey (6 points) and Derek Smith (5 points) are all on a four game point streak.
- In the last four games, Corey Potter has a plus-seven rating.
- During their three game win streak, the Falcons have outscored opponents 10-0 in the third period, and 16-4 overall.
- The Falcons have successfully killed their last 16 penalties.
Jeffrey Named Player of the Week
With two goals and five assists and a plus-four rating, Jeffrey was named the AHL Player of the Week on Tuesday.
20-year old forward Michael Bunting was sent to Rapid City in the ECHL on Friday, however was called back up Tuesday afternoon. In an unrelated transaction, announced at the same time, blue liner Keith Aulie was signed to a Professional Tryout Contract. Aulie is an AHL journeyman, having appeared in 138 games with five different teams. He also appeared in 31 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season.
Now with seven points, the Falcons have climbed out of last in both the league and the division. They sit in seventh in the Atlantic Division above the Portland Pirates.
They will see the Pirates on Friday on the road in Springfield's first matchup since leaving their affiliation with Portland following last season. The following night they will take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on the road.