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The Springfield Report: Vol. 9

by Kyle Morrison / Columbus Blue Jackets

The Falcons carried a four-game losing streak into the AHL All-Star break, but could they turn things around as the league’s second half started? This question and more will be answered… in the next paragraph. 

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins traveled to the MassMutual Center on Friday and left with a convincing 5-0 victory over the Falcons. The loss pushed the Falcons' losing streak to five games. It was the second time these two teams have faced off this season, both ending in a 5-0 Penguins win.

Oscar Dansk was pulled in the second period. Scott Munroe was perfect in relief, stopping all 10 shots he faced, as the Falcons actually out-shot the Penguins 28-27 despite the lop-sided final score. Matt Murray shut out the Falcons for the second time this season. 

If there was a silver lining to the game, it was the play of Austin Madaisky. He had a game-high seven shots on goal and had an even +/- on the night, meaning that he was just one of three Falcons who weren’t on the ice for a Penguins goal.

The Falcons then hit the road, looking to rebound against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Munroe got the start in net, and he delivered, stopping 31 of 33 Hartford shots. But the Falcons couldn't capitalize on their four power play opportunities, falling 3-1.

Finally, last night, the Falcons hit the road to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, to face the Penguins once again. The offense (or lack thereof) was again a concern, as the Falcons fell 4-0. Their losing streak is now at seven games, and they have fallen to third place in the Northeast Division.

The Falcons have played three games against the Penguins this season and have been shut out every time. In their other 43 games, they have only been shut out just once.

Players to watch:
Kerby Rychel and Marko Dano: The Falcons have scored just one goal in their last three games, so someone needs to jump-start the offense. Why not one of the Blue Jackets' three 2013 first-round draft picks?

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