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Springfield Report: March 8, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

WEEK IN REVIEW


MARCH 2 Springfield 2 at Connecticut 3 (Goal scorers – Kubalik, Regner)
MARCH 5 Springfield 1 vs. Connecticut 2 (Goal scorer – Regner)
MARCH 6 Springfield 1 at Portland 6 (Goal scorer – Guite)

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
MARCH 11 Springfield Vs. Portland 7:30 PM MassMutual Center
MARCH 12 Springfield At Albany 5 PM Times Union Center
MARCH 13 Springfield Vs. Adirondack 3 PM MassMutual Center

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THIS WEEK'S GAME PREVIEWS

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011 – FALCONS VS. PORTLAND PIRATES

The Springfield Falcons and the Portland Pirates meet for the ninth time this season when they face off Friday night in Springfield. The Pirates lead the season series with a record of 5-3, including a 6-1 win in Portland last Sunday. The two teams will wrap up their season series in the Falcons last regular season game on April 10th in Portland. Springfield's last win against the Pirates came at The Nest on February 26th when the Falcons beat Portland 4-1.

The Falcons will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak. Springfield is 2-2 against the Pirates when playing at home. Going into this week, Springfield is in fifth place, three points behind fourth place Worcester, and five points behind the third place Connecticut Whale for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

Falcons Captain Ben Guite leads the team in scoring against the Pirates this season with three goals and three assists for six points in eight games. Maksim Mayorov has two goals and three assists against Portland this season, good for five points in eight games played. Goalie David LeNeveu has seen most of the starts against the Pirates. He has a recorded of 3-3 record in six games with a 2.68 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

Pirates rookie forward Luke Adam has two goals and seven assists for nine points in just five games against the Falcons this year. Mark Parrish has tallied up five goals and two assists for seven points in seven games versus Springfield. Goaltender David Leggio is 2-0 in two starts versus Springfield this season. Leggio has a 1.50 GAA and a .956 save percentage in those two starts, including a 6-1 win in Portland last Sunday.

SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011 – FALCONS AT ALBANY DEVILS
The Springfield Falcons travel to Albany, New York on Saturday in a late afternoon game against the Devils. This is the third meeting between the two teams. They split their first two games, with both teams coming out on top on their home ice. The Falcons won the last meeting 5-2 in Springfield on February 25.

John Moore, Tomas Kana, Maksim Mayorov, and Tomas Kubalik all scored goals for Springfield in that contest while goalie David LeNeveu stopped 25 of 27 shots.

Springfield forwards Ben Guite, Tomas Kubalik, and defenseman David Savard all have one goal and one assist for two points in two games against the Devils.

Devils Rookie Adam Henrique is second on the team with 40 points this year, including two goals in two games against the Falcons. Forward Chad Wiseman, who spent last season in Springfield, has two assists in one game against Springfield this year.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011 – FALCONS VS. ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS
The Springfield Falcons will conclude a three game weekend on Sunday when they host the Adirondack Phantoms at the MassMutual Center for a 3 pm game. The Phantoms beat the Falcons in a shootout, 3-2, on December 31 in Glen Falls, NY.

Maksim Mayorov and David Savard both scored in that contest for Springfield, which saw David LeNeveu stop 31 of 33 shots in regulation.

Phantoms forward Jonathon Kalinski scored for Adirondack against the Falcons, as well as Falcons newcomer Greg Moore. Denis Hamel leads the Phantoms in scoring with 20 goals and 17 assists on the season.

The game will mark Tom Sestito's first game in Springfield since being traded by the Blue Jackets to the Philadelphia Flyers organization on February 28.

Adirondack is currently in seventh place in the East Division with 51 points. They are 9-18-1-3 on the road this season.


FALCONS PLAYER/TEAM NOTES

Defenseman Brent Regner has two goals in his last three games, and five points in his last six games.

Kyle Wilson had two assists in two games last week before being called up by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday March 6th.

Rookie Tomas Kubalik is tied for second in the AHL in rookie scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists, good for 42 points on the year. Kubalik became the first Falcons rookie to score 20 goals in a season since Jeff Taffe scored 23 in 2002-03. Daniel Briere holds the Falcons rookie record for goals in a season with 36, followed by Jason Jaspers with 25 in 2001-02 and Taffe's 23 in 2002-03.


LAST WEEK'S GAME RECAPS

SPRINGFIELD AT CONNECTICUT, MARCH 2 – Loss, 3-2

March 2, 2011 - Tomas Kubalik's goal with 42-seconds remaining in regulation tied the score late in regulation for the Falcons, but Connecticut's John Mitchell tallied with just eight seconds remaining in the third period leading the Whale to a 3-2 win over the Springfield Falcons on Wednesday night. These same two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Springfield.

The Falcons carried a 1-0 lead into the third period holding the Whale to just eight shots through two periods of play. At 4:24 of the final frame, Connecticut's Stu Bickel tied the score at 1-1 with his first goal of the year. The Whale took their first lead of the night at 14:17 of the third period when Dale Weise converted for his 12th marker on the campaign.

With the Falcons looking for the equalizer late in regulation, Kubalik tipped in a David Savard shot in the game's final minute on the power play evening the score at 2-2 and the game seemed destined for overtime. In the game's final seconds, Connecticut's defenseman Pavel Valentenko dumped the puck up the boards where the puck ended up taking a bad bounce off the glass and right in the slot for Mitchell to one-time home the game-winner.

"That's a tough one tonight, we played hard, battled back to tie it and just an unfortunate bounce at the end," said Falcons head coach Rob Riley. "All we can do is come in Thursday, put this one behind us and get ready for another big game on Saturday."

After a scoreless first period, Brent Regner converted on the power play at 6:47 of the second period assisted by Kubalik and Tomas Kana giving Springfield a 1-0 lead.

Also in the second period, Kyle Neuber dropped the gloves with Connecticut's Justin Soryal with each player landing some blows and both individuals collecting fighting majors. Neuber returned to the lineup for the first time since October 17 after recovering from a lower body injury. Theo Ruth also returned to the lineup Wednesday after being out of action since January 29 with an upper body injury.

SPRINGFIELD VS. CONNECTICUT, MARCH 5 – Loss OT, 2-1
March 5, 2011 - Blake Parlett's overtime game-winning goal with just 28 seconds remaining in the extra session led the Connecticut Whale to a 2-1 win over the Springfield Falcons in front of 6,486 at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons next head to Portland for a Sunday matinee against the Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Saturday featured a very competitive goltenders' duel between Springfield's David LeNeveu and Connecticut's Dov Grumet-Morris. LeNeveu stopped 25 of 27 shots, while Grumet-Morris turned aside 19 of 20 shots.

The Falcons opened the scoring just 49-seconds into the second period when Brent Regner converted on the power play assisted by Trevor Smith and Kyle Wilson. The Falcons carried a one goal lead into the third period, but Kris Newbury tied the score at 1-1 when he tallied his 10th goal of the year at 13:29 of the final period.

SPRINGFIELD AT PORTLAND, MARCH 6 – Loss, 6-1

March 6, 2011 - The Springfield Falcons lost to the Portland Pirates 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Ben Guite scored the Falcons' lone goal.


TRANSACTIONS

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Columbus Blue Jackets recall Kyle Wilson from the Springfield Falcons.


FORT WAYNE KOMETS ROUND-UP

WEEK IN REVIEW

MARCH 2 Fort Wayne-4 Vs. Evansville-3 (Goal scorers – Patrosso, Lapointe, Chaulk, Thomas)
MARCH 4 Fort Wayne-2 At Bloomington-6 (Goal scorers – O'Connor, Podshendyalov)
MARCH 5 Fort Wayne-1 At Evansville-2 (Goal scorer – Patrosso)
MARCH 6 Fort Wayne-5 Vs. Evansville-1 (Goal scorers –Curadeau (2,) Lardner (2,) Dupuis)

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
MARCH 11 Fort Wayne At Colorado 7:05 PM
MARCH 12 Fort Wayne At Rapid City 7:05 PM

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