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Springfield Report: Nov. 30, 2010

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

WEEK IN REVIEW


NOVEMBER 24 Springfield 2 vs. Manchester 3 (Goal scorers – Tarnasky, Regner)
NOVEMBER 26 Springfield 4 at Portland 2 (Goal scorers – Blunden, Mayorov, Regner, Calvert)
NOVEMBER 27 Springfield 2 vs. Norfolk 5 (Goal scorers – Tarnasky, Kubalik)
NOVEMBER 28 Springfield 2 vs. Wilkes-Barre 4 (Goal scorers – Kubalik (2))

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
DECEMBER 3 Springfield Vs. Bridgeport - 7:30 PM MassMutual Center
DECEMBER 4 Springfield At Manchester - 7 PM Verizon Wireless Arena
DECEMBER 5 Springfield Vs. Norfolk - 3 PM MassMutual Center

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THIS WEEK’S GAME PREVIEWS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS VS. BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS

The Springfield Falcons and Bridgeport Sound Tigers meet for the third time this season when they get together on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons are 1-0-0-1 against Bridgeport this year beating the Sound Tigers by a score of 4-3 back on November 16 at The Nest. Springfield lost to the Sound Tigers in a shootout back on November 3, 6-5.

Bridgeport enters Friday's action with a record of 10-11-1-1 good for 22 points, one point behind the Falcons in the Atlantic Division standings. The Sound Tigers have been on a hot streak as of late collecting a point in five straight games going 3-0-1-1 in that span.

Tomas Kubalik leads the Falcons in scoring against the Sound Tigers with two goals and three assists for five points in two games, including a four-point effort (2g,2a) on November 16. Matt Calvert leads Springfield in goals against Bridgeport with three, including his first career two-goal game on November 3. Nate Guenin is tied with Kubalik for most assists against the Sound Tigers with three.

Bridgeport's Rhett Rakhshani leads the Tigers in scoring against the Falcons with four assists in two games. Jon Sim, who is currently on recall to the New York Islanders, has three goals against the Falcons this year while the remainder of the team has five goals in two games. Anton Klementyev, David Ullstrom, Justin DiBenedetto, Robin Figren and Brett Motherwell have all scored against Springfield this season.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2010 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS AT MANCHESTER MONARCHS
The Springfield Falcons and Manchester Monarchs meet for the fifth time this season when they meet up in Manchester, NH on Saturday. The Falcons are 1-3 against the Monarchs this year with Springfield dropping the last three games against Manchester. The Monarchs most recently beat the Falcons on November 24 when Richard Clune scored a late shorthanded marker leading Manchester to a 3-2 win. The Falcons won the first meeting back on October 17 by a score of 3-1.

Manchester has taken over first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 15-7-1-1 good for 32 points.

Matt Calvert leads the Falcons in scoring against Manchester this year with one goal and two assists for three points in four games. Trevor Frischmon, Brent Regner, and Nick Tarnasky all have one goal and one assist against the Monarchs, while John Moore has two assists in the season series.

Manchester's Bud Holloway leads the Monarchs in goals against the Falcons with three in four games. Thomas Hickey (1g,2a), Dwight King (3a), and Alec Martinez (3a) are all tied with Holloway for the team lead in points against Springfield with three each. King and Martinez start the week on recall to the Los Angeles Kings. Justin Azevedo has two goals in four games against the Falcons this year while goaltender Jeff Zatkoff has a 2-0 record with a 1.50 goals against average and .938 save percentage in the season series.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS VS. NORFOLK ADMIRALS
The Springfield Falcons and Norfolk Admirals meet for the second time in the last eight days after the Falcons lost to the Admirals 5-2 on Saturday night. Norfolk continues to be off to a good start to the season posting a record of 12-6-3-1 good for 28 points and third place in the East Division.

Tomas Kubalik and Nick Tarnasky scored for the Falcons in the first meeting. Norfolk's Mike Angelidis led the Admirals with two goals and one assist, while Stefano Giliati and Pierre-Cedric Labrie each picked up one goal and two assists back on Saturday.

Sunday's game will be Norfolk's last trip to Springfield this year with the Falcons heading to Norfolk the weekend of January 28-29.


LAST WEEK'S GAME RECAPS

SPRINGFIELD VS. MANCHESTER, NOVEMBER 24 – Loss, 3-2

November 24, 2010 -
The Springfield Falcons lost to the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 on Wednesday night at the MassMutual Center. Richard Clune scored a shorthanded goal with 1:46 remaining in regulation snapping a 2-2 deadlock and leading Manchester to the win.

The Falcons came out strong in the first period and took a 1-0 lead when Nick Tarnasky scored his second goal of the year at 3:08 of the opening frame assisted by Brent Regner. The Falcons recorded the first six shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second period, Manchester quickly tied the score at 1-1 when Justin Azevedo scored his sixth goal of the year, but Springfield regained their lead at 9:13 of the middle session when Regner scored his first goal of the year set up perfectly by Tarnasky and Jay Pandolfo. The line of Tarnasky, Regner and Pandolfo combined for two goals and three assists for five points and a +6 rating.

"That line had some NHL experience with Tarnasky and Pandolfo and overall they did a good job tonight," said Falcons head coach Rob Riley. "Regner has been moved up to forward the last few games and it's nice to see him get one tonight, overall they were good tonight."

With the Falcons holding on to a 2-1 lead late in the second period, Thomas Hickey tied the score at 2-2 when he knocked home a rebound at 17:10 of the middle period. The Falcons went 0-4 on the power play, while Manchester was 0-6 on the man advantage.

SPRINGFIELD AT PORTLAND, NOVEMBER 26 – Win, 4-2
November 26, 2010 -
The Springfield Falcons beat the Portland Pirates 4-2 on Friday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Mike Blunden's power play goal midway through the third period snapped a 2-2 deadlock and earned the Falcons their 11th win of the season.

The Falcons entered Friday's game looking to snap a two-game losing streak and going up against a Portland team that was 9-0-1-0 on home ice this year. Springfield came out and played a very strong first period and took a 1-0 lead when Maksim Mayorov scored his seventh goal of the year just 2:13 into the opening session. The Falcons outshot the Pirates 12-10 in the first period.

In the second period, Portland battled back and tied the score at 1-1 when Paul Byron scored his fifth marker of the year at 8:04 of the middle frame. The first two periods were played at a very fast pace with no penalties issued through 40 minutes.

In the third period, the Falcons once again took a one-goal lead when Brent Regner converted on a two-on-one rush and scored his second goal of the year giving the Falcons a 2-1 lead at 4:25.

Portland would answer back when they were awarded the game's first power play and Mark Mancari took advantage converting on the man advantage at 9:12 of the final period evening the score at 2-2.

Just over one minute after Portland had tied the score, Blunden took advantage of Springfield's first power play of the night scoring his ninth marker of the year at 10:18 giving the Falcons a 3-2 lead. Matt Calvert added an empty net goal, his ninth goal on the campaign, closing out a 4-2 Falcons victory.

SPRINGFIELD VS. NORFOLK, NOVEMBER 27 – Loss, 5-2
November 27, 2010
- The Springfield Falcons lost to the Norfolk Admirals 5-2 on Saturday night in front of 3,663 at the MassMutual Center. Tomas Kubalik and Nick Tarnasky scored for the Falcons.

Norfolk opened the scoring on their first shot of the game when Mike Angelidis tallied his fourth goal of the year. Springfield bounced back and tied the score at 1-1 when Tomas Kubalik scored his seventh marker of the year at 6:18 of the opening session.

Norfolk regained their lead at 2-1 when Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored his third goal of the year at 14:29 of opening frame.

The Admirals continued their momentum when Johan Harju recorded his 13th marker of the campaign at 14:45 of the second period. Angelidis recorded his second goal of the game at 2:15 of the third period making it 4-1 in Norfolk's favor. Stefano Giliati made it 5-1 Norfolk at 6:59 of the final frame, but Tarnasky cut Springfield's deficit to 5-2 with his third goal of the year at 13:37 of the third period.

SPRINGFIELD VS. WILKES-BARRE, NOVEMBER 28 – Loss, 4-2
November 28, 2010 -
The Springfield Falcons lost to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, but Wilkes-Barre scored three third period goals on their way to their league leading 17th win of the season.

The Falcons came out Sunday and battled hard against the AHL's top team in the Penguins. After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, Springfield used a pair of goals from Tomas Kubalik to take a 2-1 advantage through 40 minutes of play. Kubalik scored his first goal of the night at 17:33 of the first period on the power play, followed by his second marker of the contest at 11:59 of the middle period.

Just past the midway point in the third period, Wilkes-Barre used some quick scoring to erase their deficit. Nick Johnson tied the game at 2-2 when he redirected a Ryan Craig pass at 14:48 of the third period. The Penguins took a 3-2 advantage just 29-seconds later when Dustin Jeffrey found the back of the net at 15:17 of the final frame. Wilkes-Barre's Bryan Lerg added an empty net goal in the game's final minute sending the Penguins home with the win.


PLAYER/TEAM NOTES:

Rookie Matt Calvert had himself a very impressive month of November collecting seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 13 games. Calvert collected at least a point in 10 of the 13 games including a seven-game scoring streak from November 3-19.

Rookie Tomas Kubalik collected seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 12 games during the month of November. Kubalik recorded at least a point in eight of the 12 games and he posted a pair of two-goal games during November. Kubalik collected a four point night on November 16 against Bridgeport.

The Falcons have two players in the top seven in rookie scoring in the AHL. Matt Calvert is tied for third with nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 23 games, while Tomas Kubalik is seventh with nine goals and six assists for 15 points in 22 games. Calvert and Kubalik are tied with Mike Blunden for the team lead in goals with nine.

Falcons captain Ben Guite collected three goals and six assists for nine points in 13 games in November. Guite was named captain on November 10.

Maksim Mayorov recorded five goals and four assists for nine points in 12 games in November. The Falcons posted a record of 5-7-0-1 in November, including 2-5 at home and 3-2-0-1 on the road.


TRANSACTIONS

11-23-10 –
Columbus Blue Jackets assign Mike Blunden to the Springfield Falcons.

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