Finally! I can get back to work with the Falcons finishing off the Manchester Monarchs last night, even though I’m already a game behind in the OHL Finals.
Starting off in Springfield, the Falcons faced the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs in a best of five series (only the first round is 5 games, each series become best of seven the rest of the playoffs). Starting off on Friday – after a scoreless first, midway through the second period, Blake Parlett would earn a penalty shot which was the Falcons first ever in the postseason. Blake must have watched Artem Anisimov because that’s the move he used to roof it backhand over Monarchs goalie Martin Jones. Midway through the third period though, the Monarchs would tie it.
The game went to overtime and midway through the period, after the Falcons kept the puck in for a good bit, David Savardwould win a board battle getting the puck to Ryan Russell. Ryan would send a cross crease pass to Cody Bass who, with a Monarch all over him, scored the game winner. Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves in the 2-1 win.
Sunday brought game two. Early in the game, after Cody Goloubef took a slashing penalty, Russell bounced the puck off the boards sending Trent Vogelhuber off on a breakaway which, much like Parlett’s penalty shot goal, just bounced over Jones' pads. The Monarchs would score twice to make it 2-1 with a goal in the first and second periods. After a scramble in front, Michael Chaput sent the puck to Jonathan Audy-Marchessault who got it to Savard, who sent a blast from the point past Jones for his first playoff goal.
Late in the third, the Falcons would have a goal called back but, as usual with these, who knows why? The game would again go to overtime and - who else - Bass then scored the game winner off a deflected shot from the point. Bass is the third player in AHL history with consecutive overtime goals in the playoffs. McElhinney was excellent, making 41 saves in the 3-2 Springfield victory.
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