Ugly ugly second period.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 34 shots faced including 4 goals in a second period that saw the birds get outshot 22-4 by Hartford. Damn. Andy Delmore led the Falcons with a pair of first period power play goals and Maxime Boisclair added his first career AHL goal, a power play talley. Individual helpers belonged to Blair Jones, Doug O'Brien, David Spina, Eric Healey, Zdenek Blatny and Matt Smaby. Smaby now has 4 points in his last 7 games. Springfield draws Providence at 4pm tomorrow afternoon. Portland moved back into a tie for 2nd in the Atlantic with a win over Worcester tonight and Hartford, after an abysmal start to their season, has now pulled into third place just 2 points back of the Falcons and Pirates.
HFD Korpikoski, (5) (Girardi), 3:33 (SH)
SPR Delmore, (10) (Jones, O'Brien), 4:55
SPR Delmore, (11) (Spina, Healey), 6:04 (PP)
HFD Isbister, (7) (Dawes, Helminen), 5:10 (PP)
HFD Byers, (9) (Lampman, Liffiton), 10:05 (PP)
HFD Dawes, (6) (Graham), 16:05
HFD Dawes, (7) (Isbister), 19:34
SPR Boisclair, (1) (Blatny, Smaby), 6:21 (PP)
HFD Helminen, (7) (Callahan), 19:42 (EN/SH)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
There were several very worthy candidates for this month's award, so this was probably the most difficult decision to make in the short history of the Prospect of the Month honor. Four Lightning prospects, two of them overage players, had strong months posting point a game or better paces: Dane Crowley (10 GP, 2-8-10, 24 PIM, +3), Chris Lawrence, (12 GP, 5-7-12, 25 PIM, +5), Eric Healey, (15 GP, 7-11-18, 38 PIM, +3), and Norm Milley, (15 GP, 9-6-15, 42 PIM, +2). Each of these players could've easily won the award, but December was the month of the goaltender in the Lightning prospect system. So without further adieu, this month's winner is...
In honor of James Brown's passing, we're going to give it up to the old(er) school in the Lightning organization...