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Springfield Report: November 9

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

WEEK IN REVIEW


NOVEMBER 3 - Springfield 5 at Bridgeport 6 (SO) (Goal scorers – Calvert (2), Goertzen, Ryan, Mayorov)
NOVEMBER 5 - Springfield 3 vs. Syracuse 2 (SO) (Goal scorers – Blunden, Calvert)


THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 10 Springfield vs. Portland - 7 PM MassMutual Center
NOVEMBER 13 Springfield at Hartford - 7 PM XL Center
NOVEMBER 14 Springfield at Manchester - 3 PM Verizon Wireless Arena

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THIS WEEK'S GAME PREVIEWS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS VS. PORTLAND PIRATES

The Springfield Falcons meet the Portland Pirates for the third time this season and second time in Springfield. Each team has won on their home ice in the season series with Portland beating Springfield 4-2 back on October 16 with the Falcons coming back and beating the Pirates 6-2 on October 22. The last time these two teams played Springfield scored six unanswered goals, including five in the third period, erasing a 2-0 deficit and skating away with the win.

Portland remains in first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 10-3-1-0 on the season. Portland has a five-point lead on second place Manchester and a six-point advantage on third place Springfield.

Chad Kolarik leads the Falcons in scoring against Portland this year with three assists in two games. Tom Sestito leads Springfield in goals against the Pirates with two goals, one in each game. Goaltender David LeNeveu started both contests against Portland this year splitting the two contests.

Rookie Luke Adam continues to be off to a great start to his pro career as leads the Pirates in scoring this year with 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points in 13 games. Adam also leads all AHL rookies in scoring and is currently 5th in the AHL’s scoring race. Adam is also tied for the league lead in goals and he has one goal and three assists in two games against the Falcons this year. Teammate Mark Mancari is not far behind with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in 14 games.

Portland currently has goaltender Jhonas Enroth on recall to the Buffalo Sabres. David Leggio has posted a record of 6-1 with a 2.82 goals against average and .913 save percentage in seven games.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS AT HARTFORD WOLF PACK

The Springfield Falcons and Hartford Wolf Pack meet for the third time this season and second time in Hartford. The Falcons beat the Wolf Pack by a score of 2-1 in overtime back on October 29 with goaltender David LeNeveu stealing the show with 41 saves. Michael Blunden scored the game-winner in ot in that contest, while Chad Kolarik also converted. Springfield also beat Hartford by a score of 3-2 on October 30 as they built a 3-0 lead in that contest and held on for the victory.

Michael Blunden, John Moore and Tom Sestito all lead the Falcons in scoring against the Pack this year with one goal and two assists each. Moore scored his first pro goal against Hartford on October 30 while collecting his first pro point against the Pack on October 29.

Goaltender David LeNeveu is a perfect 2-0 with a 1.46 goals against average and .955 save percentage against Hartford this year.

Devin DiDiomete, Kris Newbury and Tomas Kundratek all have scored for Hartford against Springfield this year.

Hartford goaltender Chad Johnson took the loss in both games this year posting a 3.25 goals against average and .872 save percentage against the Falcons.

Hartford currently leads the division in games played as they have a record of 4-8-2-1 through 15 games.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2010 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS AT MANCHESTER MONARCHS

The Springfield Falcons and Manchester Monarchs meet for the third time this season when they play on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons and Monarchs split the first two games of the season series with each team winning on the road. Springfield beat Manchester 3-1 back on October 17 at Manchester, followed by the Monarchs coming into Springfield on October 23 and defeating the Falcons 3-1.

Trevor Frischmon leads the Falcons in points against Manchester this year with one goal and one assist. Each team has used four different goal scorers in the season series. Frischmon, Cody Goloubef, Chad Kolarik and Tyler Murovich have scored for the Falcons while Justin Azevedo, Thomas Hickey, Bud Holloway and Ray Kaunisto have tallied for the Monarchs.

The Monarchs have four players in a tie for the club lead in scoring. David Meckler has seven goals and three assists for 10 points, rookie Brandon Kozun has five goals and five assists, Corey Elkins has four goals and six assists, while Alec Martinez has three goals and seven assists. Kozun is 7th in the AHL in rookie scoring.

Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff has seen the majority of the work for Manchester posting a 4-4-1 record with a 2.89 goals against average and .899 save percentage. Rookie goaltender Martin Jones is a perfect 2-0 with a 1.48 goals against average and .949 save percentage in three games this year.


LAST WEEK'S GAME RECAPS

SPRINGFIELD AT BRIDGEPORT, NOVEMBER 3 – SOL, 6-5

November 3, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons lost to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6-5 in a shootout on Wednesday afternoon in Bridgeport, CT. Bridgeport's Jon Sim recorded a hat trick and the game-winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout. Springfield's Matt Calvert scored twice in the game, one shorthanded goal and one power play marker.

The Falcons battled back from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits, including fighting back from two goals down in the third period to earn a point on the road. The Falcons have now collected at least a point in five of their last six games going 4-1-0-1 in that span.

"We came out flat, it was a unique starting time today and it wasn't something we were used to." said Falcons head coach Rob Riley. "I thought once we scored that goal late in the first period, we played pretty well after that. We had a chance to win at the end, David (LeNeveu) made some key stops to keep us in the game, but we will take the point."

The first period didn't start well for the Falcons as they fell behind 3-0 in the opening frame. Sim opened the scoring just 1:03 into the first period with a power play goal, followed by Justin DiBenedetto scoring at 2:57 of the first period. Sim added a second marker at 12:13 of the first period giving the Sound Tigers a 3-0 cushion.

The physical play continued throughout the first period with Tom Sestito and Travis Hamonic dropping the gloves followed by Nate Guenin and Micheal Haley going toe-to-toe a little over a minute later.

In the closing seconds of the first period, the Falcons gained some momentum when Calvert scored a shorthanded goal cutting Springfield's deficit to 3-1 after 20 minutes of play.

The Falcons continued their momentum in the second period as Maksim Mayorov cut their deficit to 3-2 at 8:23 of the second period, followed by Michael Ryan tying the score just 32-seconds later with his first goal as a Falcon.

Bridgeport regained their lead at 4-3 when David Ulstrom scored at 10:42 of the middle period, followed by Sim scoring his third goal of the game at 11:21 of the second stanza.

Trailing 5-3 in the third period, Calvert scored his second goal of the game, this time on the power play pulling the Falcons to within 5-4. Steven Goertzen scored his first goal of the year just 1:15 later evening the score at 5-5.

Midway through the third period, the Falcons appeared to have scored when Michael Blunden's shot from the right wing circle hit the far post with the referee giving the goal sign. After a conference with the goal judge, the goal was waved off and taken off the scoreboard.


SPRINGFIELD VS. SYRACUSE, NOVEMBER 5 – Win, 3-2 (SO)

November 5, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons continued their hot streak beating the Syracuse Crunch 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons have now earned a point in six of their last seven games going 5-1-0-1 in that span and they improved their record to 7-4-0-1 on the season. The Falcons and Crunch played a very entertaining contest that went back and forth with scoring chances with Falcons goaltender Gustaf Wesslau making his North American pro debut and Syracuse's Timo Pielmeier also playing very well between the pipes.

"I was excited about playing, it had been a long time and overall the guys played very well in front of me tonight," said Wesslau, who had been recovering from an injury throughout training camp and the first 11 games of the year. "It was nice to face some shots and get back on the ice, but overall it's nice to get the win."

After it looked like the two teams would play a scoreless first period, Michael Blunden one-timed a Cody Goloubef pass behind Pielmeier giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead with just 30-seconds remaining in the opening frame.

Syracuse battled back early in the second period when Nicolas Deschamps scored his fifth goal of the year at 1:46 of the middle period, but the Falcons regained their lead at 2-1 when Matt Calvert tipped in a John Moore slap shot at 12:45 of the second period on the power play.

With the Falcons in control late in the third period, Syracuse took advantage of a bad bounce for Springfield in their defensive zone and Rob Bordson tucked one past Wesslau evening the score at 2-2.

In the shootout, Calvert gave the Falcons a one-goal advantage, followed by Trevor Smith scoring for Syracuse keeping the game deadlocked. Tomas Kubalik scored in the sixth round, while Wesslau stopped five of six shooters in the extra session.


PLAYER NOTES:

Rookie defenseman John Moore is on a four-game scoring streak collecting one goal and four assists for five points in that span. Moore scored his first pro goal on October 30 and collected his first pro point on October 29.

Rookie Matt Calvert has three goals in his last two games, including his first multi-goal game on November 3 at Bridgeport. Calvert also scored in regulation on November 5 against Syracuse, while also converting in the shootout as well. Calvert leads all Falcons rookies in scoring with five goals and three assists in 12 games.

Rookie defenseman Cody Goloubef had his first multi-point game of his pro career collecting two assists on November 5 against Syracuse.

Goaltender Gustaf Wesslau made his North American pro debut on November 5 against Syracuse stopping 21 of 23 shots through regulation and overtime, followed by turning aside five of six shooters in the shootout on November 5 against Syracuse. The Falcons and Wesslau earned the 3-2 win. Wesslau missed the first 11 games of the year due to injury.

Michael Ryan recorded one goal and one assist on November 3 in Bridgeport.

Nate Guenin collected his first two assists of the season on November 3 at Bridgeport.

Defenseman Grant Clitsome had a three-game point streak from October 29-November 3 and overall he has three assists in his last four games. Clitsome leads all Falcons defenseman in scoring with one goal and five assists for six points in 12 games.

Ben Guite’s next game played will be his 500th career AHL game.

Defenseman Nate Guenin played in his 300th career pro game on November 5.

The Falcons have won their last two home games evening their record to 3-3 on home ice.

The Falcons are now 2-1 in shootouts this year and 1-0 in overtime. Three of Springfield’s last four games have gone to overtime.

Six of Springfield’s 12 games have been decided by one goal with the Falcons posting a mark of 4-1-0-1 in that span.

For this week’s most irrelevant stat, the Falcons are now 5-0 on Fridays this year.


TRANSACTIONS

11-3-10:
Columbus Blue Jackets assign Chris Francis to the Central Hockey League's Fort Wayne Komets.

11-5-10: Columbus Blue Jackets assign defenseman Nick Holden to the Springfield Falcons.

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