Falcons Beat Sharks 4-2
The Springfield Falcons needed a win on Wednesday and they found a way to get a well deserved two points in the standings. Alexandre Giroux scored a pair of goals and goaltender Paul Dainton made 37 saves, including one on a penalty shot in leading the Falcons to a 4-2 victory over the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center. The Falcons now get ready for a trip to Portland, Maine on Friday.
"We had to find a way tonight and guys did just that," said Falcons head coach Rob Riley. "We had some guys step up, just an overall good team win."
The Falcons got off to a good start in the first period recording the game's first five shots, but Worcester used the power play at 8:39 to go ahead when Mike Connolly collected his eighth goal of the year giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, the Falcons found the equalizer at 7:25 when Giroux scored his first goal of the night evening the score at 1-1. The Sharks had a chance late in the second period to regain their lead when Brandon Mashinter was awarded a penalty shot, but Dainton come up big and made the save keeping the game deadlocked heading into the final 20 minutes.
"Paul (Dainton) was great and he has done that before for us," said Riley. "He competes hard and he made some very key saves at important times in the game."
In the third period, Giroux found himself alone in the slot at 5:10 and the sniper didn't make a mistake giving Springfield a 2-1 adsvantage. At 8:39 of the final period, Dane Byers tallied his ninth marker on the campaign extending the Falcons lead to 3-1. Tomas Kubalik added a late power play goal for Springfield to build a 4-1 cushion and helping close out a Falcons' victory.
The Falcons are now 4-1-1-0 against the Sharks in the season series.
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