Falcons Set to Host Sound Tigers TonightMarch 23, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) Springfield Falcons
Martin St. Pierre has led the way with seven assists in five games against Bridgeport, while Alexandre Giroux has five goals and one assist in five games against Bridgeport this year. Matt Donovan (1-3-4), Trevor Frischmon (1-3-4), and Kael Mouillierat (0-4-4) lead Bridgeport in scoring against Springfield this year.
The Springfield Falcons have 11 games remaining in the regular season as they post a record of 30-29-3-3 through 65 games. The following is a breakdown of opponents for the Falcons' remaining 11 regular season contests: St. John's (3), Bridgeport (3), Adirondack (2), Providence (1), Wilkes-Barre (1), Worcester (1).
The Falcons are two points out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Eastern Conference Standings
1. Norfolk - 93 pts - 10 games remaining
2. St. John's - 83 pts - 12 games remaining
3. CT Whale - 76 pts - 12 games remaining
4. Wilkes-Barre - 83 pts - 11 games remaining
5. Hershey - 80 pts - 11 games remaining
6. Bridgeport - 72 pts - 12 games remaining
7. Manchester - 69 pts - 11 games remaining
8. Syracuse - 68 pts - 11 games remaining
9. Worcester - 67 pts - 12 games remaining
10. Albany - 67 pts - 11 games remaining
11. Springfield - 66 pts - 11 games remaining
12. Portland - 65 pts - 12 games remaining
13. Adirondack - 63 pts - 12 games remaining
14. Providence - 63 pts - 11 games remaining
15. Binghamton - 57 pts - 10 games remaining
Rookie goaltender Mike Clemente played in all three games this past weekend, starting both Friday and Saturday nights. He stopped 24 of 25 shots in his AHL debut on Friday in a 5-1 win over Portland earning the game's third star and his first AHL win. On Saturday, he stopped all 27 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over the Connecticut Whale for his first AHL shutout. On Sunday, he relieved Paul Dainton and stopped 12 of 13 Providence shots in the final 39 minutes of the game. For the weekend, he turned aside 63 of 65 shots posting a 0.76 goals against average and .969 save percentage in leading the Falcons to 4 of a possible 6 points on the weekend.
Mike Clemente's shutout on the road on Saturday was the first shutout for the Falcons on the road since February 14, 2010 when J.P. Levasseur made 49 saves at Bridgeport in a 4-0 win. The last three shutouts for the Falcons have been Allen York (April 8, 2011), Paul Dainton (February 25, 2012) and Mike Clemente (March 17, 2012) . It was the first AHL shutout for each of those three goalies.
Martin St. Pierre continues to rank in the top 10 in scoring for the AHL this year. St. Pierre leads the Falcons with 10 goals and 48 assists for 58 points in 63 games. He is third in the league in assists this year. (Most assists in a season by a Falcons player: Jean-Guy Trudel (65, 2000-01), Daniel Briere (56, 1997-1998), Charles Linglet (55, 2009-10), Brad Tiley (54, 1999-00), Rob Schremp (53, 2007-08), Robert Petrovicky (52, 1994-1995).
Nick Drazenovic scored a goal in all three games over the weekend collecting three goals and two assists in three games played.
Matt Calvert is on a three game scoring streak collecting two goals and two assists in that span. Calvert has registered a point in four of his last five games posting three goals and three assists.
Brent Regner leads all Falcons defensemen in scoring with two goals and 25 assists for 27 points in 64 games. Regner leads all Falcons players in games played (64) and is third on the team in assists. Regner also is second on the squad in power play assists with 12 on the year.
The Falcons scored two shorthanded goals on Friday night against Portland, the third time this season they have scored two shorthanded goals in a game against Portland. The Falcons are tied for the league lead in shorthanded markers on the year with 13.
The Falcons won their 30th game of the season on Saturday night, the second straight year they have collected 30 or more wins in a year. This marked the first time the Falcons have had back to back seasons with 30 or more wins since the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 campaigns.
SOUND TIGERS NEWS: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced the following transactions Tuesday; Forward John Persson and goaltender Dan Clarke have been signed to amateur tryout contracts (ATOs), and forward Ethan Cox has been released from his professional tryout contract (PTO),
Persson, 19, joins the Sound Tigers after completing his third full season with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. The Mora, Swe. native and Islanders fifth round (125th overall) pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft recorded 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) in 70 games with Red Deer this season. The 6'2, 190-pound forward has amassed 130 points (63 goals, 67 assists) in 200 career WHL games.
Clarke, 23, signs with the Sound Tigers after completing his collegiate career at Quinnipiac University in nearby Hamden, Conn. The Belleville, ON native posted an 8-3-0 record in addition to a 2.37 GAA and .895 sv% in 12 games with the Bobcats this season. The 6'1, 165-pound netminder appeared in 76 games during his four-year stint at Quinnipiac, including a career-high 35 games during the 2009-10 campaign, notching a 32-32-5 record.
Cox, 24, appeared in three games this past weekend with the Sound Tigers and recorded one assist and two penalty minutes. The Richmond, BC native returns to the Reading Royals of the ECHL where he's appeared in two games since being acquired from Alaska (ECHL) where he totaled 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 53 games with the Aces.
American Hockey League Stories from March 23, 2012
- Bulldogs Can't Complete Comeback In 3-2 Loss To Admirals - Hamilton Bulldogs
- B-Sens Beat Amerks in Overtime, 4-3 - Binghamton Senators
- Depleted IceCaps earn tough point - St. John's IceCaps
- Hogs Survive Late Rush from Aeros, Win 2-1 - Rockford IceHogs
- Norfolk Breaks Rivermen Record - Peoria Rivermen
- Admirals Hold off Dogs 3-2 - Milwaukee Admirals
- Playoff Push Continues - Falcons Beat Sound Tigers 3-2 - Move to Within 1 Point of 8th and Final Pla - Springfield Falcons
- Crunch Continue to Climb - Syracuse Crunch
- Norfolk's Penalty Kill Leads Push to Longest Winning Streak - Norfolk Admirals
- Bulldogs Can't Complete Comeback In 3-2 Loss To Admirals - Hamilton Bulldogs
- Amerks Come up Short in 4-3 Overtime Loss to B-Sens - Rochester Americans
- Finish in Favor of Florek - Manchester Monarchs
- Whale defeated by Pirates - Connecticut Whale
- Sound Tigers Fall to Falcons 3-2 in Shootout - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Oklahoma City Tames Texas 3-1 - Texas Stars
- Leighton with Spectacular 1-0 Shutout Win - Adirondack Phantoms
- Penguins Blanked by Phantoms, Leighton - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
- P-Bruins Defeat Monarchs 5-2 - Providence Bruins
- Devils Can't End Norfolk's Streak - Albany Devils
- Winning with Wellness/Get Moving Manchester Champion: McLaughlin Middle School - Manchester Monarchs
- Amerks to Honor Members of Rochester's Bowman Cup Championship Team - Rochester Americans
- Rampage Send Ondrej Roman to Cincinnati - San Antonio Rampage
- Four Aeros Games to Air on ESPN Radio 97.5 FM - Houston Aeros
- Saturday's Amerks Game at Syracuse to be Televised - Rochester Americans
- Goaltender Nick Niedert And Dr. Brendan Cleary On Puska On Pucks - OSC Original by Denis Puska
- Whale Sign Forward Steve Moses to ATO - Connecticut Whale
- Crunch Announce Roster Move - Syracuse Crunch
- McNeill to Make Debut Tonight, Beach Returns Against Aeros - Rockford IceHogs
- Flames Recall Wilson from Heat - Abbotsford Heat
- Parrot Head Beach Party Night Set for March 31 - Binghamton Senators
- Falcons Set to Host Sound Tigers Tonight - Springfield Falcons
- Predators Sign Rask to An Entry-Level Contract - Milwaukee Admirals
- Gameday Preview - Texas at Oklahoma City - Texas Stars
- IceCaps Sign Daavettila to PTO - St. John's IceCaps
- Bears Sign Forward David Civitarese to Tryout Agreement - Hershey Bears
- Aeros Game Day, March 23: Aeros at IceHogs - Houston Aeros
- Capitals Recall Cody Eakin from Hershey - Hershey Bears
- Weekend Preview: IceCaps Visit Crunch, Penguins - St. John's IceCaps
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