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Springfield Report: Nov. 23

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

NOVEMBER 16  Springfield 4 vs. Bridgeport 3 (Goal scorers – Kubalik (2), Guite, Calvert) NOVEMBER 19  Springfield 2 vs. Hartford 5 (Goal scorers – Kubalik, Mayorov)
NOVEMBER 20  Springfield 5 at Syracuse 4 (Goal scorers – Byers (2), Frischmon, D’Alvise, Mayorov)
NOVEMBER 21  Springfield 3 at Worcester 4 (Goal scorers – Kubalik, Goertzen, Tarnasky)

NOVEMBER 24 Springfield vs. Manchester - 7 PM   MassMutual Center
NOVEMBER 26 Springfield at Portland - 7 PM         Cumberland Civic Center
NOVEMBER 27 Springfield vs. Norfolk - 7:30 PM     MassMutual Center
NOVEMBER 28 Springfield vs. Wilkes-Barre - 3 PM MassMutual Center

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The Springfield Falcons meet the Manchester Monarchs for the fourth time this season when they get together on Wednesday night at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons are 1-2 against the Monarchs this year and Springfield has lost two straight to Manchester in the season series. The Falcons beat Manchester in the first game this year by a score of 3-1 back on October 17, but Manchester has responded with a 3-1 win in Springfield on October 23 and a 4-2 victory on November 14 at Manchester.

The Falcons and Monarchs continue to battle for positioning in the Atlantic Division standings. The Falcons are three points behind Manchester for second place with one game in hand. The Monarchs have been red hot as of late winning four of their last five games including a four-game winning streak from November 14-20.

Manchester defenseman Alec Martinez leads the team in scoring with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 20 games played. Martinez is also second in the AHL in scoring among defensemen and he also leads Manchester in power play goals with four. Oscar Moller is on a five-game scoring streak having collected two goals and three assists in that span. Andrei Loktionov is on a five-game scoring streak collecting one goal and four assists in that span.

Rookie Brandon Kozun continues to be off to a great start to his pro career collecting six goals and six assists for 12 points in 18 games. Kozun is tied for the Manchester team lead in goals and second in scoring.

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff has seen the majority of the minutes in goal for Manchester posting a record of 7-6-1 with a 2.90 goals against average and .892 save percentage in 14 games. Rookie netminder Martin Jones has posted a record of 3-1-0 with a 1.35 goals against average and .955 save percentage in six games.

The Springfield Falcons head to Portland, Maine on Friday to take on the Pirates for the fourth time this season and second meeting in Portland. The Falcons are 1-2 against the Pirates this year and it was Portland beating Springfield by a score of 4-2 in their most recent meeting on November 10. The Falcons beat the Pirates back on October 22 by a score of 6-2 using five third period goals in that win.

Portland continues to lead the Atlantic Division with a record of 13-4-1-0 good for 27 points. Portland has earned at least a point in five of their last six games going 4-1-1-0 in that stretch. Portland still hasn't lost a game in regulation on home ice this year going 9-0-1-0 in their first 10 games at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Rookie Luke Adam continues to lead the Pirates offense this year, along with teammate Mark Mancari. Adam is tied with Mancari for the club lead in scoring with 19 points each, 11 goals and eight assists for Adam and seven goals and 12 assists for Mancari. Adam is second in the AHL in rookie scoring, while Springfield's Matt Calvert is now third in the AHL's rookie scoring race.

Portland has received strong goaltending this year from David Leggio and Jhonas Enroth. Leggio posted a record of 8-1-0 with a 2.48 goals against average and .922 save percentage while Enroth was on recall to the Buffalo Sabres. Enroth has a record of 5-3 with a 3.28 goals against average and .899 save percentage.

The Falcons welcome the Norfolk Admirals to Springfield for the first time this year on Saturday night. Norfolk starts the week in third place in the East Division with a record of 9-4-3-1 good for 22 points. The Admirals have won two straight games and overall they are 2-1-2-0 in their last five contests.

Former Falcon Marc Pouliot leads the Admirals in scoring with four goals and 15 assists for 19 points in 14 games this year. Johan Harju is tied with former Falcon Blair Jones for second on the team in scoring with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points each. Jones was recently recalled to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Paul Szczechura leads Norfolk in goals with eight.

Norfolk has used a pair of goalies this year with Cedrick Desjardins and Dustin Tokarski sharing the duties. Desjardins has a record of 5-4-1 with a 2.56 goals against average and .899 save percentage in 10 games, while Tokarski has a mark of 4-3-0 with a 3.12 goals against and .888 save percentage.

The Falcons welcome the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to The Nest on Sunday afternoon to conclude the month of November. The Penguins are 14-3 in their first 17 games this year good for 28 points and first place in the East Division. Wilkes-Barre started the season a perfect 8-0 in October and overall they won their first nine games to start the campaign. The Penguins remain a perfect 9-0 on the road this year starting the week.

The Penguins offense is led by Dustin Jeffrey, who has six goals and 12 assists for18 points in 17 games. Tim Wallace leads the club in goals with seven and he is second in scoring with 13 points.

Goaltender Brad Thiessen is off to a great start in goal posting a record of 9-1 with a 1.79 goals against average and .935 save percentage. He is fourth in the AHL in goals against average and second in wins.



November 16, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons rallied from an early 2-0 deficit and beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-3 at the MassMutual Center on Tuesday night improving their record to 9-6-0-1 on the season. With the win, Springfield jumped back into second place in the Atlantic Division. The Falcons will return home on Friday night when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack at The Nest.

The Falcons were led by the line of Matt Calvert, Ben Guite and Tomas Kubalik who accounted for four goals and four assists on the night, including a pair of markers by Kubalik. Kubalik netted the game-tying and game-winning goals while also picking up two assists on the night. Guite scored his third goal of the year and added two assists, while Calvert scored his eight goal of the year and extended his scoring streak to six straight games.

"Ben (Guite) has a very good way with young players and explaining things and sometimes it's better coming from their peers than the coaches," said Falcons head coach Rob Riley. "That line has really started to click and they were very good tonight."

The night didn't start out the way Springfield had plained and it was too similar to the way the game started in Bridgeport back on November 3. The Sound Tigers came out fast in the opening period and used a pair of power play goals in the first eight minutes of play taking a quick 2-0 lead. Brett Motherwell scored at 5:10 on the man advantage, followed by Robin Figren scoring at 7:26 of the opening frame.

The second half of the first period belonged to the Falcons and at 10:47 of the first period, Calvert cut Springfield's deficit to 2-1. Guite tied the score at 2-2 when he tallied his third goal of the year with just nine-seconds remaining in the opening period pulling the Falcons back all even.

In the second period, Bridgeport regained their lead at 3-2 when Tony Romano scored his fourth marker of the year, but at 11:58 of the middle session, Kubalik converted on the man advantage making at a 3-3 hockey game.

Just 2:43 into the third preriod, Kubalik scored his second goal of the night giving Springfield their first lead of the night at 4-3.

November 19, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons lost to the Hartford Wolf Pack 5-2 in front of 6,226 at the MassMutual Center on Friday night.

The Wolf Pack jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 3:09 into the first period when Chad Kolarik scored his sixth goal of the year, but the Falcons tied the score just 33 seconds later when Tomas Kubalik tallied his fifth marker of the year at 3:42 of the opening frame.

Kolarik added his second goal of the game, this time on the power play, when he wristed a shot past David LeNeveu at 15:42 of the opening frame. Mats Zuccarello converted just 29 seconds later giving Hartford a 3-1 advantage through 20 minutes.

It was a rough first period as Dane Byers and Jared Nightingale dropped the gloves, followed by Mike Blunden and Dale Weise going toe to toe late in the opening frame. In the second period, Wade Redden expanded the Pack's lead to 4-1 just two minutes into the middle session, followed by Justin Soryal scoring his second goal of the year at 16:22 of the second frame.

Maksim Mayorov added a third period goal for the Falcons, but the night would end with a 5-2 Hartford win.

November 20, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons headed to Syracuse, NY for a Saturday night showdown with the Crunch looking to rebound from a tough loss Friday, and they got back on the winning track beating the Crunch 5-4. Trevor Frischmon scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period helping Springfield improve their record to 10-7-0-1 on the season.

The Falcons used a very fast start to set the pace on this night as Dane Byers scored a pair of power play goals less than seven minutes into the first period giving Springfield an early 2-0 lead. With the Crunch down by two goals, Syracuse enforcer Jon Mirasty started to mix up the rough stuff and in the same scrum, Byers dropped the gloves with Leigh Salters as they each picked up fighting majors. Later in the opening period, Nick Tarnasky and Josh Brittain also mixed it up as they collected fighting majors as well.

Late in the opening frame, Maksim Mayorov expanded Springfield's lead to 3-0 when he tallied his sixth goal of the year at 15:51 of the first period. Syracuse cut into the Falcons' lead with a power play goal of their own at 18:57 of the first period when Matt Beleskey scored his third goal of the year.

Late in the second period, Syracuse would use a couple quick goals to pull the game even at 3-3 when Mark Mitera and MacGregor Sharp scored just 31 seconds apart sending the game all tied up at three heading into the third period.

In the third period, rookie Chris D'Alvise scored his first AHL goal in his first AHL game at 5:13 of the final frame giving the Falcons a 4-3 lead. Just 15 seconds later, Mitera scored his second goal of the game tying the score at 4-4. Frischmon tallied the game-winner late in the third period sending Springfield home with two points.

November 21, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons had a chance to end their weekend with two points in Worcester on Sunday afternoon, but the Sharks scored twice in the third period and handed Springfield a 4-3 setback at the DCU Center. The Falcons are now 10-8-0-1 as they head into Wednesday's game against the Manchester Monarchs at the MassMutual Center.

The Falcons carried a 3-2 lead heading into the third period, but Worcester's Dan DaSilva scored the game-tying goal at 8:47 of the final period. The Sharks took their first lead of the night at 14:03 of the third period when Andrew Desjardines scored his third marker on the campaign.

"It just came down to a couple of mistakes," said Falcons head coach Rob Riley. "We had a good first period, we had the lead, it obviously didn't end the way we wanted it to."

The game started well for the Falcons as they generated some offense in the Worcester defensive zone. Springfied took the game's first lead when Tomas Kubalik opened the scoring at 15:20 of the first period assisted by Ben Guite and Matt Calvert. For Kubalik, he now has points in seven of his last 10 games collecting five goals and five assists in that span.

Later in the first period, the Falcons ended up on the game's first power play and had a chance to expand their lead, but the Sharks would bite back. Worcester's Kevin Henderson tied the score at 1-1 when he scored a shorthanded goal at 16:58 of the opening frame, but Steven Goertzen gave Springfield a 2-1 advantage when he scored on the power play at 17:53 of the first period.

In the second period, Springfield built a 3-1 advantage when Nick Tarnasky scored his first goal of the year just 23 seconds into the middle frame. Worcester cut their deficit to 3-2 when Sean Sullivan scored his fifth marker of the year at 3:05 of the second period.

Ben Guite has collected a point in four of his last five games collecting two goals and four assists in that span.

Rookie Matt Calvert has registered at least a point in eight of his last nine games totaling six goals and four assists for 10 points in that stretch. He has taken over the team lead in scoring having collected eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 19 games this year and is currently third in the AHL in rookie scoring.

Tomas Kubalik has picked up at least a point in seven of his last 10 games totaling five goals and five assists for 10 points in that span.

Rookie Chris D'Alvise collected one goal and two assists in his AHL debut on November 20 at Syracuse. D’Alvise signed a Professional Tryout Agreement on November 19 after starting the year with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder.

Steven Goertzen has points in back to back games collecting one goal and one assist. Goertzen assisted on Trevor Frischmon’s game-winning goal in Syracuse on Saturday night.

Dane Byers scored his first two goals with the Falcons, a pair of power play goals on Saturday night in Syracuse.

11-19-10 – Springfield Falcons sign Chris D’Alvise to a Professional Tryout Agreement.
11-19-10 – Springfield Falcons release Mike Ryan from his Professional Tryout Agreement.
11-20-10 – Columbus Blue Jackets recall Mike Blunden from the Springfield Falcons.
11-22-10 – Springfield Falcons sign Jay Pandolfo to a Professional Tryout Agreement.

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