Falcons Come up Short in PortlandJanuary 20, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) Springfield Falcons
The Falcons fell behind early in the opening 20 minutes as Patrick O'Sullivan ended up on a breakaway just 34-seconds into the opening period and converted giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
The Falcons fell behind 2-0 just 3:10 into the first period as David Rundblad slid in from the right point and scored his third goal of the year on a nice forehand to backhand move at the top of the crease.
Springfield cut their deficit to 2-1 at 11:42 of the opening frame when Cam Atkinson tipped in Alexandre Giroux's slap shot on the power play.
Portland regained their two-goal lead at 17:56 of the first period when defenseman Nathan Oystrick pinched in from the blueline and one-timed a shot past Falcons goaltender Manny Legace.
In the second period, Portland expanded their advantage to 4-1 at 5:40 when O'Sullivan scored his second marker of the game, again on the breakaway. Just 1:07 after O'Sullivan's marker, Jordan Szwarz expanded Portland's advantage to 5-1 with his fourth goal of the year.
The Falcons cut their deficit to 5-2 at 8:45 of the middle session when Andrew Joudrey redirected a Brett Motherwell pass past Portland netminder Justin Pogge.
Matt Calvert added a third period power play goal for the Falcons, but that concluded the scoring for the night.
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