Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for the Falcons (sorry, bad joke), who fell 4-2 to the Manchester Monarchs. Oscar Dansk, coming off of two strong performances, was back in net but wasn’t quite as sharp this time out, stopping 25 of 29 shots.
The Monarchs scored the lone goal of the first and added two quick goals early in the second period to gain a three-goal lead, and they never looked back. Domenic Monardo and Mike Hoeffel lit the lamp for Springfield, but the comeback fell short.
Springfield bounced back the next night, beating the Providence Bruins 2-1 in overtime on Valentine’s Day. Scott Munroe was in net, and probably loving the work (sorry again) he got from his defense, as he only faced 15 shots all night. He made 14 saves, and took the win over Providence’s Malcolm Subban, who stopped 29 of 31 Springfield shots. Thomas Larkin scored the lone regulation goal for Springfield with an assist from Kerby Rychel.
Dana Tyrell scored the game-winner at the 4:16 mark, putting home a rebound from a Marko Dano shot. The win started a long Falcons home stand off in style.
More overtime was in store the next night, as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms visited Springfield. Dansk allowed five goals on 23 shots but his offense picked him up, getting 31 shots on net for the second straight night. Monardo opened the scoring for Springfield with his second goal of the weekend, before T.J. Tynan scored to tie the game at two. The assists went to Marko Dano and Mike Little -- Little’s first career AHL point.
The Phantoms responded to Tynan’s equalizer with two quick goals of their own, making it a 4-2 game, but Springfield battled back in the third. Luke Adam made it 4-3, with Little picking up his second assist of the game, and Jaime Sifers tied it up with just over six minutes remaining.
The overtime was short-lived, as Lehigh Valley’s Andrew Gordon scored the game-winner on a breakaway just 24 seconds into the frame.
The Falcons will have a triple header for the third weekend in a row this coming weekend, kicking it off against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Dano’s back with Columbus, but Springfield has a familiar face back in its lineup—Brian Gibbons is back in the AHL as he works his way back from a knee injury.
Player to watch:
Brian Gibbons: He missed significant time with a nagging knee injury, and he’s finally ready to see game action once again.