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The Springfield Report: Vol. 4

by Kyle Morrison / Columbus Blue Jackets

Two more games, two more wins, and two more stellar Anton Forsberg performances. Such is life these days for the Springfield Falcons, owners of an 11-game winning streak.

After a six-day hiatus, the Falcons squeaked out a 3-2 win on home ice over the Norfolk Admirals. Anton Forsberg turned away 27 of 29 shots faced, another stellar performance from November's AHL/CCM Goalie of the Month.

Marko Dano deflected an Austin Madaisky shot past Norfolk goalie Yann Danis to put the Falcons up early. Madaisky added another assist late in the first period on Ryan Craig's ninth goal of the season, which put the Falcons up 2-0 halfway through the first. The Admirals didn't wait long to take one back, as Andrew O'Brien scored on a shorthanded breakaway to make it a 2-1 game.

The Falcons came out firing in the second, as Trent Vogelhuber deflected a shot from Denny Urban less than two minutes into the period. The Admirals made it 3-2 late in the period, but just couldn't get the equalizer as Forsberg was perfect the rest of the way.

Forsberg's work in net the next night, though, was his best of the season. Visiting the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Falcons' league-leading offense was surprisingly quiet, failing to score in regulation and overtime. Sean Collins scored in the first round of the shootout for the game's lone goal. Forsberg fought off the Wolf Pack, stopping all 30 shots he faced and all three of Hartford's shootout attempts.

The Falcons look to extend their streak to 12 games tonight against the Syracuse Crunch. The last Falcons' loss came on Nov. 11, so with a win tonight, they will go into their weekend games having not lost in over a month.

To make matters even better for the Falcons, they're getting some reinforcements tonight in the form of Cody Goloubef and Kerby Rychel.

Players to watch:

Kerby Rychel: One of the aforementioned reinforcements, the 20-year-old was impressive in a short stint with the Blue Jackets. He notched three assists in four games for Columbus playing alongside his former OHL rival Boone Jenner. Rychel will now make his way back to Springfield and look to continue his momentum. His dynamic skill set and first-round pedigree will bolster an already potent Springfield attack.

Anton Forsberg: He was named the AHL/CCM Goalie of the Month in November last week, and while the calendar has changed, his play hasn't. He's won his last 10 games in net for the Falcons, and is now 11-2-0 with a 1.76 goals against average on the season.

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