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The Springfield Report: Vol. 12

by Kyle Morrison / Columbus Blue Jackets

The Falcons are locked in the playoff hunt. With 70 points through 58 games, they’re second in their division and are currently in position for a postseason spot. Last weekend was an important one for Springfield with three games in three days.

So, they did what they’ve done for most of this season: they turned to their all-star goalie Anton Forsberg.

When Sergei Bobrovsky went down with a lower body injury in late January, the Blue Jackets called up Forsberg. Simply put, he didn’t look like the same goalie he was in Springfield. Forsberg was sent back down after a loss to the Buffalo Sabres, with Todd Richards commenting that Forsberg simply needed consistent playing time.

Well, three games in three days is about as consistent as it gets. Forsberg kicked off his weekend by helping the Falcons notch a 5-3 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. T.J. Tynan, Mike Hoeffel, Michael Chaput and Dana Tyrell all beat Bridgeport goalie Kevin Poulin, and Tyrell added an empty netter late to put the game away.

Forsberg then turned around the next night and shut out the Sound Tigers in a 22-save effort. Hoeffel added another goal before teammates Sean Collins and Domenic Monardo lit the lamp. 

The Falcons closed out their weekend with a road matchup against the Portland Pirates. Forsberg took the loss in his weekend finale despite turning away 18 of 20 shots faced. Former Falcons goaltender Mike McKenna was brilliant, stopping 32 of 33 shots. Mike Hoeffel extended his points streak, scoring the lone goal for Springfield.

The Falcons will have two new faces in their ranks, with center William Karlsson and winger Rene Bourque joining the team after being acquired in the James Wisniewski deal.

Players to watch:
William Karlsson: The 22-year-old playmaker from Sweden has impressed in his AHL time this season, putting up an 8-16-24 line over 37 games. He’s a good skater with good hockey sense, but that’s all secondary to his great nickname – Wild Bill.

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