DECEMBER 8 Springfield 3 at Bridgeport 5 (Goal scorers – Blunden, Sigalet, Byers)
DECEMBER 11 Springfield 2 vs. Providence 3 (Goal scorers – Clitsome (2))
DECEMBER 12 Springfield 4 at Providence 1 (Goal scorers – Goloubef, Calvert (2), Ratchuk)
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
DECEMBER 17 Springfield at Bridgeport - 7 PM Arena at Harbor Yard
DECEMBER 19 Springfield at Providence - 4:05 PM Dunkin Donuts Center
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THIS WEEK'S GAME PREVIEWS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS AT BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
The Springfield Falcons and Bridgeport Sound Tigers meet for the third straight week and overall for the fifth time this season. The Falcons dropped a 5-3 decision last Wednesday night in Bridgeport despite leading the Sound Tigers 3-2 heading into the third period of that contest. This season series has been highlighted by each team recording comeback wins. The Falcons erased a 2-0 deficit back on December 3 and beat the Sound Tigers 5-3. Springfield also rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Bridgeport back on November 16 and beat the Tigers 4-3. Overall, the Falcons are 2-1-0-1 against the Sound Tigers this year.
The Sound Tigers have been one of the hottest teams in the Atlantic Division over the last 10 games going 6-1-1-2 in that span improving their record to 13-12-1-2 on the season. The Sound Tigers are 3-0-0-1 in their last four games and an impressive 10-3-1-0 on home ice.
Tomas Kubalik leads the Falcons in scoring in the season series with two goals and three assists for five points in four games. Trevor Frischmon is tied with Kubalik with five assists in four games against Bridgeport. Matt Calvert has four goals in four games against the Tigers.
Rookie Rhett Rakhshani leads the Sound Tigers in scoring against the Falcons this year with two goals and six assists for eight points in four games. Rakhshani leads all AHL rookies in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 27 games. Rakhshani was recalled by the NY Islanders on Monday.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS AT PROVIDENCE BRUINS
The Springfield Falcons and Providence Bruins will meet for the third time in the last eight days when they continue their rivalry on Sunday in Providence. The road team has won every game in this series thus far with the Falcons a perfect 3-0 in Providence and overall 3-2 against the Bruins.
These two teams split a home and home series last weekend with Providence producing a late third period rally on December 11 on their way to a 3-2 win, but Springfield came right back on December 12 and skated away with a 4-1 win in Providence.
Matt Calvert is Springfield's active leader in scoring against Providence with four goals and one assist for five points in five games. David Savard has five assists in four games against Providence, while Mike Blunden has four goals in five games.
Goaltender David LeNeveu has posted a record of 2-1 with a 1.62 goals against average and .944 save percentage in three games against the Bruins this year.
Providence forward Maxime Sauve leads the Bruins in scoring against the Falcons with four goals and one assist for five points in five games. Sauve netted the game-winner with three seconds remaining in regulation back on December 11.
Nikita Filatov made his Falcons debut on Saturday against Providence and he collected his first assist with Springfield on Sunday at Providence. Filatov was assigned to Springfield by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday after playing in the first 23 games with the Blue Jackets collecting seven assists.
Nick Holden extended his scoring streak to three games with an assist on Sunday.
Grant Clitsome extended his scoring streak to four games with two goals on Saturday against Providence. Clitsome has three goals and two assists in his last four games.
John Moore added two assists on Sunday in Providence and he remains tied with Clitsome for the team lead in scoring among defensemen. Clitsome has five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 26 games, while Moore has one goal and 11 assists for 12 points in 28 games.
Matt Calvert continues to lead Springfield in scoring with 13 goals and nine assists for 22 points in 29 games. Calvert and Trevor Frischmon remain the only two players to have played in all 29 of Springfield's games this year.
Matt Calvert is now third in the AHL in rookie scoring and only two points shy of Rhett Rakhshani for the league lead in scoring among rookies.
Mike Blunden scored his 11th goal of the year last Wednesday in Bridgeport. Blunden remains second on the team in goals with 11.
Mike Ratchuk scored his first goal of the year on Sunday afternoon in Providence.
LAST WEEK'S GAME RECAPS
SPRINGFIELD AT BRIDGEPORT, DECEMBER 8 – Loss, 5-3
December 8, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons have used some late game rallies against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this year, but on Wednesday night it was Bridgeport returning the favor as the Sound Tigers scored three third period goals on their way to a 5-3 win over the Falcons.
The Falcons carried the lead for most of the night and Springfield had a 3-2 advantage heading into the third period. Bridgeport's Trent Campbell took advantage of a Falcons' turnover at the 12:00 mark of the final period and scored his first goal of the year evening the score at 3-3. The Sound Tigers would take their first lead of the night at 16:52 of the final frame when Josh Bailey scored on the power play giving the Tigers a 4-3 advantage. Tomas Marcinko added his second goal of the game into an empty net in the final minute of regulation ending Bridgeport's comeback victory.
For the second straight game, Mike Blunden opened the scoring for Springfield in the first period as he netted his 11th marker of the campaign at 9:07 of the opening frame. Marcinko would tie the score at 10:21 of the first period when he tallied his first goal of the night, but with two seconds remaining in the first period, Jonathan Sigalet's shot from the left point found the back of the net and gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
In the second period, Bridgeport's Rhett Rakhshani evened the score at 2-2 when he converted on the power play at 5:16, but Springfield regained their lead at 6:51 of the middle frame when Dane Byers tipped in a Nick Holden shot from the point.
SPRINGFIELD VS. PROVIDENCE, DECEMBER 11 – Loss, 3-2
December 11, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons suffered a heartbreaking loss on Saturday night falling to the Providence Bruins 3-2 in front of 3,566 at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons led for the majority of the night, but Providence battled back with three third period goals, including the game-winner with three seconds remaining in regulation.
With the Falcons leading 2-0 midway through the third period, Providence's rally started at 11:07 of the final period when Matt Bartkowski tallied his third goal of the year cutting the Bruins deficit to 2-1. Providence continued to look for the equalizer and in a strange sequence of events, Jeff Penner netted the equalizer at the 12:00 mark of the final period. Penner's goal came at the end of play that saw Falcons defenseman Grant Clitsome take a high stick to the face in the right wing corner with no penalty attached to the play.
With the game now deadlocked at 2-2, Providence ended up on a late power play and with just three seconds remaining in regulation, Maxime Sauve's shot found the back of the net giving the Bruins a 3-2 advantage.
The Falcons carried the play throughout the night and built a 2-0 lead in the second period on a pair of goals from Clitsome, including one on the power play.
Nikita Filatov made his Falcons debut playing on a line with Maksim Mayorov and Chris D'Alvise.
Grant Clitsome extended his scoring streak to four straight games.
SPRINGFIELD AT PROVIDENCE, DECEMBER 12 – Win, 4-1
December 12, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons got back on the winning track on Sunday afternoon beating the Providence Bruins 4-1 at the Dunkin Donuts Center and earning a split of their home and home series with the Bruins. Matt Calvert scored a pair of goals for the Falcons, while goaltender David LeNeveu stopped 35 of 36 shots on goal.
For the second straight night, the Falcons built a lead on Providence as defenseman Cody Goloubef opened the scoring with a power play goal at 5:25 into the first period assisted by David Savard and Nikita Filatov. The Falcons carried a 1-0 lead into the second period, but Providence tied the score at 2:05 of the middle period when Jamie Arniel scored his team-leading 11th marker of the year. Springfield regained their advantage at 9:45 of the second period when Calvert scored his 12th goal of the year, followed by Mike Ratchuk netting his first goal of the season at 16:28 of the middle frame expanding the Falcons lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. Calvert added his 13th goal of the season in the third period ending the scoring for the night.
Matt Calvert leads the Falcons in goals with 13. The road team has won every game in the season series between the Falcons and Bruins with Springfield now posting a record of 3-2 against Providence this year. The Falcons had 10 different players record a point. John Moore added two assists on the night. Nick Holden now has a point in three straight games. Nikita Filatov picked up his first point in two games with Springfield adding an assist.
12-8-10 – Springfield Falcons sign Mike Buckley to a Professional Tryout Agreement
12-9-10 – Springfield Falcons release Mike Buckley from his Professional Tryout Agreement
12-9-10 – Springfield Falcons sign Nick Tarnasky to standard American Hockey League contract
12-10-10 – Columbus Blue Jackets recall Tom Sestito from the Springfield Falcons
12-10-10 – Columbus Blue Jackets assign Nikita Filatov to the Springfield Falcons