Springfield Falcons

Content regarding the Springfield Falcons organization.

Rowe Up, Desrochers Down

The Springfield Falcons have announced that they have signed left wing Randy Rowe to a PTO contract and recalled him from Johnstown of the ECHL. In addition, center Jean Desrochers has been released from his PTO and returned to the Chiefs from Springfield.

Rowe currently leads the Chiefs in scoring with 10 goals and 29 points in 21 games, good for 7th in scoring in the ECHL. Desrochers played 16 games in Springfield, posting 2 goals and 3 points with a -5 rating and 6 penalty minutes.

AHL Game Night 12/9: Falcons at Sharks

First, a stat correction last night. The AHL website originally had both Karri Ramo and Jonathan Boutin allowing 2 goals last night against Albany. The corrected sheet has Ramo allowing 3 goals on 14 shots while Boutin allowed 1 goal on 16 shots faced, which is relevant because of what Boutin did tonight.

SPR-3
WOR-0

Jonathan Boutin stopped 32 of 32 shots faced tonight and was the proverbial stopper getting the win to break the team's 2 game losing streak and the shutout which was his first of the season and second of his AHL career. Boutin's night included a crucial third period where the Falcons were outshot 12-4 but Boutin stood up to the test. Justin Keller scored Springfield's first goal on a 5-on-3 power play and Norm Milley added an insurance marker on a 5-on-4 power play before Marek Kvapil sealed the win with an empty net goal. Eric Healey had 2 assists while individual assists went to Daniel Corso and Eric Healey.

First Period
SPR Keller, (8) (Corso, Healey), 11:56 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Milley, (11) (Delmore), 0:30 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Kvapil, (4) (Healey), 19:45 (EN)

Don't look now, but Jonathan Boutin is 3-0-0 in December with 1 shutout, a 1.30 GAA and a .958 save percentage in 5 games this month. Coach Stirling has become confident in Boutin's ability and now has two talented, athletic young goaltenders in his arsenal, and until Springfield learns to put in a full 60 minute effort, they'll rely heavily on their goaltenders to weather surges and get wins. The Falcons are now 14-12-0 with 28 points, just 3 points behind division leading Portland with the Pirates holding a game in hand.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/8: Falcons at River Rats

"Oh no. We suck again!"

SPR-0
ALB-4

Karri Ramo stopped 15 of 17 for the loss before giving way to Jonathan Boutin who fared no better stopping 11 of 13. Right about this time last year the Falcons plummeted from playoff contention deep into the division basement. The team has now fallen to just 1 game over .500 and desperately needs to stop the bleeding tomorrow night at Worcester. The Falcons seem to have reached a fork in the road this season. We'll see what path they choose as a team.

First Period
ALB Dwyer, (7) (McCormick, Flood), 13:45

Second Period
ALB McCormick, (1) (Guite), 5:44
ALB Boychuk, (1) (Estrada, Peters), 11:32

Third Period
ALB Finger, (2) , 3:00

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/6: Devils at Falcons

Time to start a new winning streak.

LOW-4
SPR-2

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 27 shots before being pulled in the third period for Jonathan Boutin who stopped 6 of 6 shots faced. Springfield, for whatever reason, struggled to get into the game in the first two periods and were outshot 26-12 through 40 minutes before putting together a decent third period to get the final total to 33-27, Lowell. Marek Kvapil and Eric Healey scored the Falcons' goals, both on the power play. For Kvapil, it is just his 3rd of the season, which is disappointing. Mike Egener, Andy Delmore, John Adams and Blair Jones had assists.

First Period
LOW Minard, (8) (McGillis, Papineau), 6:35 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Kvapil, (3) (Egener, Delmore), 2:04 (PP)
LOW Papineau, (8) (Marshall, Tallackson), 5:45 (PP)
LOW Minard, (9) (Papineau), 8:04

Third Period
LOW Bergfors, (9) (Vrana, Voros), 4:22 (PP)
SPR Healey, (9) (Adams, Jones), 5:57 (PP)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 12/3: Falcons at Devils

Ladies and gentlemen, the Falcons just posted their first 3-0-0 weekend of the season, and they did so without their #1 goaltender. Impressive.

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LOW-1

Gerald Coleman, who was recalled to start this game, masterfully weathered a 40 minute barrage that saw the Falcons outshot 29-15 through two periods to deliver the Falcons into the third period with a 1-0 lead. The Devils would tie the game up with 6:55 left in the game, but Coleman would allow no more stopping 37 of 38 shots faced in the game. Dan Cavanaugh paced the Falcons with 2 assists but it was David Spina's goal scored just a little over 2 minutes after the Devils tied the game in the third period that delivered the win on assists from Blair Jones and Stanislav Lascek. Jones' point snapped what had been a 10 game scoreless streak at the AHL. Rookie Justin Keller and veteran Norm Milley (empty netter) supplied the other Falcons goals. Marek Kvapil also had an assist in the game. Spina and Coleman were named the first and second stars of the game.

The win temporarily moves Springdfield to 13-10-0 this season tied with Providence for second in the Atlantic Division at 26 points. Regardless of the outcome of Providence's game with Albany (in progress) the Falcons have now moved a tantalizingly close 4 points behind idle Portland for the division lead. If the playoffs started right this moment, the Falcons would be the #6 seed in the East. How fun is this?

The Lightning organization has to be incredibly proud of how their young goaltenders performed this weekend in the absence of ace netminder Karri Ramo who was recalled to Tampa. Jonathan Boutin seized the opportunity presented to him by Ramo's absence by posting a pair of wins on Friday and Saturday night to get the ball rolling. And then Gerald Coleman rose to the occassion and played one of the best games by any Falcons goaltender this season fully taking advantage of the one game window he had to make a true statement about his place in the organization. As impressive as Boutin was, Coleman may have been even more clutch taking what he knew was one shot and making it count big time. Can you believe anyone ever doubted the depth in net the Lightning organization was developing? Can you believe with Riku Helenius and Vasily Koshechkin still in Europe that this may just be the tip of the iceberg?

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SPR Keller, (7) (Cavanaugh, Kvapil), 11:28

Third Period
LOW Tallackson, (4) (Minard, Papineau), 13:05
SPR Spina, (2) (Jones, Lascek), 15:18
SPR Milley, (10) (Cavanaugh, Corso), 19:59 (EN/PP)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Coleman Recalled to Springfield

The Springfield Falcons have announced the recall of goaltender Gerald Coleman from Springfield for this afternoon's game against the Lowell Devils. Coleman started the game for Springfield (in progress) allowing Jonathan Boutin the night off after starting in Friday and Saturday night's victories. Rookie Karri Ramo is expected to be returned to Springfield early in the week.

AHL Game Night 12/2: Bruins at Falcons

When a player gets injured or called up, you hope someone takes advantage of the opportunity and steps up in their absence. That's how you build experience, depth and flexibility in your organization, and that someone the last two nights has been Jonathan Boutin.

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SPR-3 (SO)

Boutin stopped 29 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 6 og 8 shooters in the shootout for the win. The victory moves Boutin's record to .500 at 2-2-0 this year and he now has a 2.69 GAA and .910 save percentage on the season. Veteran Eric Healey had 2 assists while the Falcons goals came from Andy Delmore and Norm Milley. Individual helpers went to Daniel Corso and Matt Smaby as Corso's acquistion seems to have stabilized the top lines somewhat and drawn many of the Falcons' veteran scorers out of their November funks. Corso, David Spina and Zdenek Blatny scored goals for the birds in the shootout. Healey and Smaby were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

One of the pitfalls of Sean Burke's reassignment to Springfield has been that it limits the amount of playing time that can be given to Boutin who, although somewhat enigmatic, has as much pure natural athleticism and potential as just about anyone in this organization. Marc Denis' work visa fiasco has opened up a brief window of opportunity and Boutin has leapt through it with all the enthusiam and gusto of the Kool Aid man breaking through a kitchen wall. Oh yeah.

First Period
PRO Versteeg, (10) (Pelletier, Krejci), 1:11
PRO Trevelyan, (1) (Hoggan), 6:46
SPR Delmore, (6) (Corso, Healey), 7:17

Second Period
SPR Milley, (9) (Smaby, Healey), 7:33

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
PRO-Krejci, Thompson
SPR-Corso, Spina, Blatny

Center Blair Jones did dress for the Falcons and had two shots but Nick Tarnasky, who was sent down today in a paper transaction to make room for the acquisition of Andre Roy, did not. The Falcons are now 12-10-0 on the season and have moved into a three way tie for 8th in the Eastern Conference at 24 points.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/1: Falcons at Monarchs

Ramo may have been called up, but Springfield still has the Boutin Wall.

SPR-3
MAN-2 (OT)

In just his second start this season, Jonathan Boutin stopped 33 of 35 shots faced to secure his first win of the year and improve to 1-2-0. The Falcons offense was paced by veteran Norm Milley who had 1 goal and 1 assist including the overtime winner with 2:26 left in the extra session. Veteran defenseman Andy Delmore added 2 assists while rookie Justin Keller and veteran Eric Healey supplied the birds' other goals. Individual assists went to Dan Cavanaugh and Daniel Corso. Milley and Healey were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

The victory moves the Falcons to 11-10-0 this year which, despite placing the Falcons in sixth in the Atlantic Division, moves them just six points behind division leading Portland with a game in hand on the Pirates. In other words, the Falcons have played themselves right back into the thick of any potential playoff race.

First Period
SPR Keller, (6) (Cavanaugh, Delmore), 10:01
MCH Zeiler, (3) (Murphy, Clarke), 19:46 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SPR Healey, (8) (Corso, Milley), 0:36
MCH Giuliano, (2) (Kemp, Buckley), 18:26

Overtime
SPR Milley, (8) (Delmore), 2:34

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Ramo Recalled

620 WDAE is reporting that the Lightning have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo from Springfield of the AHL. Ramo, a 20 year old 6th round pick from the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is 8-3-0 this season with a 2.89 GAA and .911 save percentage with the Falcons. The netminder has won Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week honors for the past two weeks going undefeated in four starts over that span.

Waugh to Johnstown, O'Brien Close to Return

The Springfield Falcons have announced they have sent defenseman Geoff Waugh down to Johnstown of the ECHL. The move likely signals the return of defenseman Doug O'Brien who has missed the past seven games for the Falcons due to head and facial injuries caused by an illegal hit from Manchester's Peter Kanko.

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