JANUARY 7 Springfield 1 at Portland 4 (Goal scorer - Filatov)
JANUARY 8 Springfield 7 vs. Charlotte 3 (Goal scorers – D'Alvise(2), Filatov, Mayorov, Kubalik, Smith, Savard)
JANUARY 9 Springfield 3 at Worcester 2 (SO) (Goal scorers – Kubalik, Smith - Filatov and Goloubef scored in the shootout)
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
JANUARY 14 Springfield vs. Worcester - 7:30 PM MassMutual Center
JANUARY 15 Springfield at Albany - 7 PM Times Union Center
JANUARY 16 Springfield vs. Portland - 2 PM MassMutual Center
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THIS WEEK'S GAME PREVIEWS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS VS. WORCESTER SHARKS
The Springfield Falcons and Worcester Sharks meet for the fourth time this season when they get together on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons are 1-1-0-1 against the Sharks this season with the last two head to head meetings going to a shootout with each team recording a win. Springfield won the most recent game in a shootout against Worcester when the Falcons beat the Sharks 3-2 on January 9.
All three games in the season series thus far have been decided by one goal. The season series has also been featured by both teams being able to battle back in games from early deficits.
The Falcons built a 3-1 lead against the Sharks in the first meeting on November 21 before Worcester battled back to win 4-3. In the second meeting on December 29, the Falcons battled back from an early 2-0 deficit to earn a point in a 3-2 shootout loss. On January 9, Springfield built a 2-0 lead before Worcester forced another shootout with the Falcons prevailing with a 3-2 win.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS AT ALBANY DEVILS
The Springfield Falcons and Albany Devils meet for the first time this season on Saturday night in Albany, NY. The Falcons face an Albany team that currently has a record of 14-20-0-3 good for 31 points and seventh place in the East Division. Albany has struggled on home ice this year posting a mark of 5-13-0-2 on home ice, while the Falcons are 10-7-0-2 on the road.
Matt Anderson currently leads Albany in scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 33 games. Michael Swift is tied with Anderson for the club lead in goals, but Swift is second in scoring with 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points.
Albany rookie Adam Henrique is off to a good start to his pro career posting nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points in 32 games.
Former Falcon Chad Wiseman is a member of the Devils this year and after playing in only three of the first 26 games due to injury, Wiseman has played in the last 11 games picking up at least a point in eight of those games collecting two goals and eight assists in that stretch.
Albany has been led in goal by netminder Jeff Frazee who has posted a record of 9-11-3 with a 2.77 goals against average and .904 save percentage.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2011 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS VS. PORTLAND PIRATES
The Springfield Falcons and Portland Pirates meet for the sixth time this season when they battle on Sunday afternoon at The Nest. The Falcons are 2-3 against the Pirates this year including 1-1 at the MassMutual Center. The two teams have exchanged wins in the season series with neither club able to win back to back contests in the season series.
Portland continues to be near the top of the Atlantic Division with a record of 21-11-4-1 good for 47 points and second place. Portland has won three straight contests including a 4-1 win over Springfield on January 7.
Maksim Mayorov is tied with Ben Guite for the active team lead in scoring against the Pirates this year with four points each. Tom Sestito leads Springfield in goals against Portland this year with three. Mark Mancari continues to lead Portland in scoring against Springfield this year with four goals and three assists for seven points in five games.
The Springfield Falcons have picked up a point in eight of their last 10 games going 6-2-0-2 in that span. The Falcons will be looking to go for a season high three straight wins on Friday night.
The Springfield Falcons have successfully defended their last 34 shorthanded situations. The last time Springfield gave up a power play goal was in the third period of their game on December 17 at Bridgeport.
Newly acquired Trevor Smith made his Falcons debut on Friday night in Portland. He scored goals in back to back games netting his first on Saturday against Charlotte, followed by a power play goal on Sunday in Worcester.
Nikita Filatov collected two goals and two assists in three games this past weekend, including a one goal and two assist effort on Saturday against Charlotte.
Chris D'Alvise also had two goals and two assists in three games this past weekend.
Gustaf Wesslau has won his last three straight starts and overall, he has stopped 98 of his last 104 shots on goal for a save percentage of .942.
Rookie Matt Calvert made his NHL debut with Columbus on Friday in Anaheim and he scored his first NHL goal on Saturday in Los Angeles.
The Falcons scored a season high seven goals on Saturday against Charlotte. The Falcons tallied five first period goals matching their season high for most goals in a period. Springfield also scored five goals in the third period against Portland back on October 22.
LAST WEEK'S GAME RECAPS
SPRINGFIELD AT PORTLAND, JANUARY 7 – Loss, 4-1
January 7, 2011 - The Springfield Falcons lost to the Portland Pirates 4-1 on Friday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Nikita Filatov scored Springfield's lone goal.
Both teams came out and played a very even first period with each team exchanging scoring chances, but neither club able to grab the lead in the opening frame. In the second period, Portland would use a goal early and a pair late in the stanza to take control of the game. Dennis Persson opened the scoring at 4:40 of the second period when his slap shot from the left point found the back of the bet. With the Falcons trying to find the equalizer throughout the middle period, it was Portland that built upon their lead when Maxime Legault tallied his sixth goal of the year at 18:39 of the second period. The Pirates took a 3-0 lead just 22-seconds later when Marc-Andre Gragnani tallied his seventh marker on the campaign.
The Pirates didn't have a let down in the third period as Mark Mancari scored just 11 seconds into the final frame giving Portland a 4-0 cushion. Filatov scored for the Falcons late in the final stanza, but that would be the end of the scoring on the night.
Trevor Smith made his Falcons debut playing with Mike Blunden and Tom Sestito.
The Falcons are 2-3 against the Pirates this year, including 1-2 in Portland.
Matt Calvert made his NHL debut Friday night in Anaheim as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPRINGFIELD VS. CHARLOTTE, JANUARY 8 – Win, 7-3
January 8, 2011 - The Springfield Falcons rebounded in a big way on Saturday night scoring five first period goals on their way to an impressive 7-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers in front of 4,066 at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons have now earned a point in seven of their last nine games going 5-2-0-2 in that span.
The Falcons received a strong night from the line of Chris D'Alvise, Nikita Filatov and Maksim Mayorov who combined for four goals and three assists for seven points and all three players earning a star.
Springfield came out fast and furious in the first period and used five goals to take a 5-0 lead. Newly acquired Trevor Smith scored his first goal in a Falcons uniform just 1:04 into the game, followed by D'Alvise scoring on the power play at 8:59 of the first period opening up a 2-0 lead. Less than a minute later, David Savard scored his third marker of the year, followed by Tomas Kubalik scoring his 10th goal of the year. Mayorov ended the scoring in the first period with his 10th marker on the campaign set up on a nice feed from Filatov.
Filatov gave the Falcons a 6-0 lead at 4:01 of the second period when he converted on a breakaway assisted by Cody Goloubef. Charlotte would cut their deficit to 6-2 on goals from Chris Terry and Riley Nash, but D'Alvise scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period giving Springfield a 7-2 advantage.
The Falcons first period power play goal ended an 0-23 drought that dated back to December 12.
The five goals in the first period matched a season high for most goals in a period matching the five third period goals on October 22.
The seven goals scored was the most goals in a game for Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD AT WORCESTER, JANUARY 9 – Win, 3-2 (SO)
January 9, 2011 - The Springfield Falcons won their second straight game beating the Worcester Sharks in a shootout on Sunday afternoon by a score of 3-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. The Falcons have now improved their record to 18-16-1-3 on the season. Springfield has earned at least a point in eight of their last 10 games going 6-2-0-2 in that span.
For the second straight night, the Falcons opened up a first period lead when Tomas Kubalik scored his 11th goal of the year at 3:07 of the first period giving the Falcons a 1-0 advantage. Midway through the opening frame, Theo Ruth dropped the gloves with Worcester's Erik Lizon with each player collecting fighting majors.
In the second period, the Falcons used the power play to expand their lead as Trevor Smith scored for the second consecutive night giving Springfield a 2-0 lead at 9:37 of the middle frame. Also during the second period, Nick Tarnasky challenged Lizon for the game's second fight with Tarnasky scoring the knockdown.
Late in the second period, Worcester cut their deficit to 2-1 when T.J. Trevelyan converted at the 10:35 mark.
The Sharks continued to battle back and tied the score at 2-2 when Matt Irwin converted at 4:14 of the third period.
After a scoreless overtime, Worcester opened the scoring in the shootout when Dan DaSilva converted in the third round, but Springfield's Nikita Filatov scored in round four and on the final shot of the night, Cody Goloubef tallied for the Falcons sending Springfield home with the two points.
1-4-11 – Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Trevor Smith from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Nate Guenin.
1-5-11 – Columbus Blue Jackets assign Tyler Murovich to the ECHL's Reading Royals.
1-6-11 – Columbus Blue Jackets recall Matt Calvert from the Springfield Falcons.
1-9-11 – Columbus Blue Jackets recall defenseman Grant Clitsome from the Springfield Falcons.
1-9-11 – Columbus Blue Jackets assign defenseman Mike Commodore to the Springfield Falcons.