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The Springfield Report: Vol. 7

by Kyle Morrison / Columbus Blue Jackets

Goals! Overtime! Words! Anton Forsberg! If these things sound exciting to you (and let's be serious, they totally do), this week's edition of The Springfield Report was made for you. 

The first of three games in three days, Springfield's busy weekend kicked off in Providence, as they took on the Bruins. Anton Forsberg once again did Anton Forsberg things, stopping 29 of 30 shots in net, out-dueling former Falcon Jeremy Smith. Marko Dano scored the first goal for Springfield, putting in a rebound off of a Michael Chaput shot. Adam Cracknell went on to score the game-winner in his first game for the Falcons, assisted by Luke Adam and Kerby Rychel.

The next night, the Falcons were back in action at the MassMutual Center taking on the Hartford Wolf Pack. As has been the norm of late, the fans were treated to some extra hockey. Oscar Dansk stopped 32 shots, but it wasn't enough as the Wolf Pack emerged with a 4-3 overtime victory.

T.J. Tynan opened the scoring for the Falcons, but the Wolf Pack quickly tied it up. Rychel then took back the lead for Springfield, deflecting a Frederic St-Denis shot past Hartford's Mackenzie Skapski. Cracknell picked up another point on the secondary assist.

It was a frenzied finish to regulation, with three goals coming in the last four minutes of the third period. Hartford tied the game at two, but then Austin Madaisky scored unassisted to give the Falcons a late lead. They couldn't hold it, though, as the Wolf Pack scored with just 35 seconds left to tie the game. Hartford's Marek Hrivik then scored the overtime game-winner.

Springfield capped their third game in as many nights with a 2-1 win against the Albany Devils. Forsberg was back in net and once again was outstanding, stopping 30 of 31 shots faced. Springfield's other all-star was on display as well, as Madaisky scored the Falcons' first goal on the night. 

Early in the third period, with the game tied 1-1, Rychel scored what would end up to be the game-winner, assisted by Tyrell and Adam. It was Rychel's ninth goal of the season, and his fourth game-winner. 

After a bit of a break, the Falcons once again took on the Devils, this time in Albany. And for the eigth time in their last 11 games, the game went into overtime. And despite 25 more saves from Forsberg, the Falcons only walked away with one point, falling 2-1. Rychel lit the lamp once again, his 10th of the season, but that was the only dent against Devils' goalie Scott Wedgewood, who turned away 29 of 30 Springfield shots.

After securing six points over their last four games, the Falcons now have 56 points on the season, good enough to lead the Eastern Conference. Springfield is back in action on Friday in Hartford for another game against the Wolf Pack. 

Player to watch:

Anton Forsberg - The obvious choice here, Forsberg was outstanding this past week, stopping 59 of 61 shots faced over the weekend, followed up with a solid 25-save performance on Wednesday. With a few scheduled off-days coming up for the Falcons, Forsberg should be fresh and ready to get right back on the horse.
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