January 23, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Springfield Falcons
Springfield, Mass. - The Springfield Falcons, AHL affiliate of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, announced on Wednesday that they have assigned goaltender Paul Dainton to their ECHL developmental club, the Evansville IceMen.
Dainton, who was recalled by Springfield from Evansville on Jan. 12, is 3-3-1 with the Falcons this season, posting a .942 save percentage and a 1.82 goals-against average. He stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Albany Devils on Saturday, and followed that performance up with a 28-save outing in a 4-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday. Dainton is 2-5-1 with a .888 save percentage and a 3.36 goals-against average with Evansville in 2012-2013.
As a rookie in 2011-2012, Dainton played in 28 games with the Falcons, registering a 13-12-1 record, an .893 save percentage, and a 3.11 goals-against average. Dainton was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 26, winning all three starts while collecting a shutout. The 26-year-old from Bradford, Ontario played in 21 games with the ECHL's Chicago Express and Reading Royals last year as well, combining for a 7-5-3 record with a .905 save percentage and a 3.21-goals-against average. He made his professional debut with Springfield at the end of the 2010-2011 campaign, going 2-2-0 in five outings with a .912 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average.
Prior to turning pro, Dainton skated four seasons from 2007 to 2011 at UMass-Amherst (NCAA, D-I), compiling a 45-61-12 record, a.908 save percentage, a 2.79 goals-against average, and two shutouts in his collegiate career.
The Falcons seek their third six-game winning streak in franchise history tonight when they head to Albany to battle the Devils.
Springfield returns home on Friday to host the Worcester Sharks at 7:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center. The first 1,000 fans into the building 12 and under will receive a youth specialty Falcons jersey, courtesy of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. Fans in attendance on Friday will also have the opportunity to win a brand new, high-definition television courtesy of Manny's TV & Appliances as part of "Flat-Screen Friday."
The Falcons end their weekend in Connecticut on Saturday against the Whale at the XL Center.
Single-game tickets to see the Falcons in 2012-2013 can be purchased at the MassMutual Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through game time on Saturday home dates, and starting four hours prior to Sunday home contests. Fans can also purchase tickets by logging onto Ticketmaster.com. For information about discounted group packages to Falcons home games, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625).