Rare is the time you only manage 19 shots on goal and still win a hockey game, but Springfield found a way tonight.
Gerald Coleman wins his first game as a professional stopping 24 of 26 shots faced. Multi-point nights for Ryan Craig (first star), Ryan Vesce (second star and GWG) and Jason Jaspers. Todd Rohloff finally returned from injury and made a huge difference for the team defensively as he was paired with rookie Jay Rosehill. Both players received praise from Assistant Coach Russell after the game. No doubt the Falcons needed this win as they move into a more road game laiden portion of their schedule.
Game sheet available via TheAHL.com.
With Brian Eklund in Tampa and Morgan Cey apparently still trying to shake off the effects of a groin injury, goaltender Jonathan Boutin has been recalled from Johnstown of the ECHL. Through 3 games "Boots" had a 0-2-0-1 record in Johnstown with a 3.29 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
The Springfield Falcons have reassigned 2003 2nd round pick Mike Egener to Johnstown of the ECHL and recalled Jay Rosehill. The move comes in the same week that Adam Henrich saw a similar stint in Johnstown as a consequence of ineffective play.
Fran Sypek reports that defenseman Brad Bombardir is scheduled to undergo knee surgery which may put his season in jeopardy. The news comes as the Falcons find themselves in the midst of a brief tailspin that has seen them give up 15 goals in their last two contests.
Oh no, we suck again.
Brian Eklund straffed with 46 shots on net and a penalty shot to boot. Unfortunately Todd Rohloff didn't return in this game, although at this stage I'm not sure how much of a difference he alone can make. The Falcons were outshot 46 to 29 in this game, which is far to reminiscent of many a performance last season. The struggles then were a consequence of inexperience. Now? It's probably no coincidence the level of play dropped off in Springfield from opening night when Paul Ranger left the team. And it's also no surprise it fell completely off the table without Artyukhin. Springfield lost, arguably, 2 of their 3 best skaters from opening night and it shows. I hope Jay Feaster makes some sort of decision regarding the checking liners soon for Springfield's sake.