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Springfield Report: Oct. 11, 2011

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS

WEEK IN REVIEW
OCTOBER 7 - Springfield-2 At Manchester-5 ( Goal scorers – Giroux, Bass)
OCTOBER 8 - Springfield-6 At Albany-3 ( Goal scorers-Bogosian, Holden, Regner, Drazenovic, Bass and Byers)

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 14 - Springfield At Wilkes-Barre - 7:05 PM Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
OCTOBER 15 - Springfield Vs. Providence - 7:00 PM MassMutual Center
OCTOBER 16 - Springfield Vs. Manchester - 3:00 PM MassMutual Center

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THIS WEEK’S GAME PREVIEWS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS AT WILKES-BARRE PENGUINS

The Springfield Falcons head to Wilkes-Barre, PA on Friday for their third straight road game to start the 2011-12 season. The Falcons and Penguins will meet twice in a seven-day span starting on Friday.

The Penguins have started the season with a record of 0-1-0-1 losing to the Hershey Bears by a score of 3-2 on Saturday, October, 8 followed by a 1-0 shootout loss against the Connecticut Whale on Sunday, October 9. The Penguins will start a stretch of three games in three days on Thursday in Rochester, followed by their contest on Friday against the Falcons.

The Penguins are loaded with former Falcons players on their current roster. Cody Wild, Colin McDonald, Bryan Lerg, and Ryan Craig are all on the Wilkes-Barre roster who have spent time in Springfield.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS VS. PROVIDENCE BRUINS
The Falcons and Providence Bruins meet for the first time this season on Saturday in Springfield’s home opener. The Bruins are 0-2 on the season with a pair of 4-1 losses this past weekend.

Providence has received goals from Lane MacDermid and Maxime Sauve on the season, while goaltender Anton Khudobin has played in both of the Bruins’ contests stopping 54 of 62 shots on goals.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2011 – SPRINGFIELD FALCONS VS. MANCHESTER MONARCHS
The Falcons and Manchester Monarchs meet for the second time this season when they get together on Sunday afternoon at “The Nest.” Springfield and Manchester opened the 2011-12 regular season on Friday, October 7 in Manchester, NH.

The Monarchs are 1-1 on the season after being shutout by the St. John’s IceCaps on Saturday night by a score of 1-0. Marc-Andre Cliché recorded a natural hat trick against the Falcons on opening night. Manchester goaltender Martin Jones has started both games for the Monarchs stopping 44 of 47 shots on goal. Andrei Loktionov leads Manchester in assists with three on the young season.


LAST WEEK’S GAME RECAPS

SPRINGFIELD AT MANCHESTER, OCTOBER 7 – L- 5-2
- READ THE RECAP
October 7, 2011 - The Springfield Falcons opened their 2011-12 regular season on Friday night in Manchester, NH and dropped a 5-2 decision to the Monarchs. Alexandre Giroux and Cody Bass both scored for the Falcons, while goaltender Paul Dainton made 24 saves between the pipes. The Falcons will travel to Albany, NY on Saturday to take on the Devils.

The first ten minutes of the games was very evenly played with the two teams exchanging power play opportunities, but it was Manchester that used the man advantage to open the scoring. Justin Azevedo converted on the power play at 9:57 of the first period giving the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. At 12:20 of the opening frame, Marc-Andre Cliche scored his first goal of the night giving Manchester a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Just 14-seconds into the second period, Cliche would strike again when his slap shot from the right wing boards beat Dainton expanding the Monarchs' advantage to 3-0. Cliche would conclude the natural hat trick at 6:45 of the second period giving Manchester a four goal cushion.

The Falcons would battle back at 18:11 of the middle frame when Giroux tallied his first marker of the year assisted by Martin St. Pierre and Tomas Kubalik.

Springfield continued their momentum from Giroux's goal into the third period as Bass was set up by John Moore and Nick Drazenovic just 1:02 into the final period cutting the Falcons' deficit to 5-2.

SPRINGFIELD At ALBANY, OCTOBER 8 – W- 6-3 - READ THE RECAP
October 8, 2011 - The Springfield Falcons used six different goal scorers and a 27-save effort from goaltender Allen York to earn their first win of the 2011-12 season, a 6-3 triumph over the Albany Devils in Albany, NY. Aaron Bogosian, Nick Holden, Brent Regner, Nick Drazenovic, Cody Bass and Dane Byers all scored for the Falcons in the victory. The Falcons are now 1-1 on the young season.

"This was a good team victory tonight," said Falcons head coach Rob Riley. "We had everyone contribute tonight, all of our lines chipped in with the offense and Allen (York) was solid in goal. It feels good to get the win and bounce back from last night."

After falling behind 1-0 on a Darcy Zajac goal, the Falcons rallied for three unanswered goals in the first period to build a 3-1 advantage after 20 minutes.

With the Devils holding on to some early game momentum, Bogosian tied the score at 1-1 for Springfield with a beautiful slap shot from the left wing circle at 7:28 of the first period. With momentum back on the Falcons' side, Holden gave Springfield a 2-1 lead with a power play goal at 9:44, set up by Martin St. Pierre. The Falcons built a 3-1 lead when Regner tallied his first of the year at 16:55 of the opening session.

In the second period, the Falcons expanded their lead to 4-1 when Drazenovic scored his first goal of the year assisted by Byers and Adam Mair. Albany cut their deficit to 4-2 at 4:49 of the middle period when Matt Anderson tallied his first of the year, but the Falcons Bass converted on the power play at 9:02 of the second period to regain Springfield's three goal cushion.

Once again in the third period, Albany cut their deficit to two goals when Matthew Corrente recorded his first marker of the year, but Byers halted any Albany comeback thoughts when he knocked home a rebound late in the final frame.


PLAYER NOTES:
Both Alexandre Giroux and Cody Bass scored in their Falcons’ debuts on Friday, October 7 in Manchester.

Cody Bass has two goals in his first two games with the Falcons.

The Falcons didn't have anyone wear the “C” over the weekend as they rotated assistant captains in back-to-back games. Martin St. Pierre, Nick Holden and Dane Byers all wore the “A”s on Friday and Alexandre Giroux, Andrew Joudrey and Cody Bass had the honor on Saturday.

The Falcons had three players making their AHL/pro debuts on Friday night including: Dalton Prout, Oliver Gabriel and Mike Thomas.

Steven Delisle made his AHL debut on Saturday in Albany.

The Falcons had 11 of their 18 skaters record at least a point in their 6-3 win on Saturday in Albany.

Nick Drazenovic led the way offensively on Saturday in Albany with one goal and two assists. Ryan Garlock (2 assists), Dane Byers (1 goal, 1 assist), Brent Regner (1 goal, 1 assist) and Cody Bass (1 goal, 1 assist) all had multi-point games against Albany.

Mike Thomas earned his first pro point with an assist on Saturday in Albany.

The Falcons rookie netminders split the duties with Paul Dainton starting on Friday in Manchester and Allen York starting on Saturday in Albany. It was a bit of homecoming for York on Saturday in Albany as he played his college hockey at R.P.I. located in Troy, NY, a short ride from Albany.

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