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Bass Buries Overtime Winner Again, Falcons Take 2-0 Series Lead

April 28, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Springfield Falcons News Release


Springfield, Mass. - Cody Bass scored in overtime for the second time in less than 24 hours on Sunday afternoon at the MassMutual Center, directing the Springfield Falcons (2-0) to a 3-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs (0-2) in Game 2 and clinching a 2-0 series lead for his club in its best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Bass, who in Game 1 on Saturday night tipped in a Ryan Russell shot at 10:36 of the first sudden-death period, capped off the longest game in Falcons history by backhanding in a rebound off a Cody Goloubef drive at 18:44 of the initial overtime stanza on Sunday.

While Bass put forth another display of heroics, Curtis McElhinney stole the show in net for the Falcons. McElhinney made several critical saves down the stretch, keeping Springfield alive in overtime to pave the way for Bass' eventual winner.

Springfield's first chance to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals comes on Thursday night, when the club heads to Manchester for Game 3 at 7 p.m.

Trent Vogelhuber deposited the Falcons' first shorthanded goal in postseason action since May of 1997, corralling a pass off the boards from Russell in the opening period and beating Manchester goaltender Martin Jones on a breakaway at 2:49, as Springfield captured a 1-0 lead.

The Monarchs responded with two tallies to carry a one-goal edge into the third period. Nick Deslauriers guided a shot past McElhinney on the power play from the right circle at 7:10 of the first, while Anthony Stewart stole a puck on the edge of the crease in Springfield's end and jammed it in at 15:52 of the second, as Manchester grabbed its first lead of the series, 2-1.

The Falcons answered in the final regulation period. With Springfield working on its seventh power play of the game, David Savard rocketed a slap shot by Jones from the top of the left circle at 7:11, evening the contest, 2-2.

Springfield appeared to go back in front at the halfway point of the third when Jonathan Audy-Marchessault redirected a Boone Jenner centering pass past Jones with his skate. Audy-Marchessault was determined to have kicked the puck into the net, and the goal was waved off, preserving the 2-2 deadlock.

Manchester's best opportunity of overtime came on an open shot from the slot by Hunter Bishop, but McElhinney foiled the bid with a kick stop.

The game winner happened when Vogelhuber won a face-off for Russell, who moved the puck to Goloubef at the top of the right circle. Goloubef's wrist shot was stopped by Jones, but Bass cashed in on the rebound with 1:16 left in the first overtime session.

McElhinney (2-0) stopped all 13 shots in overtime for a game total of 41 saves, and was named the contest's first star. Jones (0-2) let in three goals on 38 chances.

With one win over the final three games of the series, the Falcons would advance to the conference semifinals for the third time in franchise history, and first since 1997.

Game 3 of the series is on Thursday, May 2 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. If necessary, Game 4 would take place in Manchester on Saturday, May 4. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.

Should the series go the distance, Springfield would host Game 5 on Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m.

Below is the Falcons' opening-round schedule:

Game 1 - Saturday, Apr. 27, MassMutual Center, Springfield 2, Manchester 1 (OT)

Game 2 - Sunday, Apr. 28, 4 p.m., MassMutual Center, Springfield 3, Manchester 2 (OT)

Game 3 - Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m., Verizon Wireless Arena

Game 4 - Saturday, May 4, 7 p.m., Verizon Wireless Arena (if necessary)

Game 5 - Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m., MassMutual Center (if necessary)

Notes:

Springfield is now 8-3 in postseason overtime games. The longest Falcons playoff game prior to Sunday's contest came on Apr. 23, 1997. Reggie Savage scored at 14:05 of the first overtime to give Springfield a 3-2 win over Portland that day...The Falcons have won the first two games of a playoff series for the fourth time in their history...In his first two playoff games with the Falcons, Bass has become the club's all-time leader in postseason overtime goals. Each of his last three playoff goals, dating back to Game 4 of the 2011 Calder Cup Final with Binghamton, have gone down as the game winner...Springfield is 15-3 this season in Sunday competition...The Falcons came back to win a game for the fourth time in postseason history when trailing after two periods...Vogelhuber and Savard each accumulated their first-career postseason goals

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