Falcons Fall in Season Finale
Springfield, MA - The Springfield Falcons lost the final game of the regular season to the Portland Pirates by a score of 3-1 on Sunday night at the MassMutual Center.
Neither team was able to score in the first period as the Falcons outshot the Pirates 10-6. The Falcons had two power plays during the course of the period which they could not convert on. Falcons' goaltender Adin Hill and Pirates' goaltender Mike McKenna brought the teams through a scoreless first frame.
The game continued through the second period with no scoring. Springfield killed off two penalties in the stanza and couldn't score on a power play in the final minutes of the period. The Pirates outshot the Falcons 18-11 in the frame.
The scoring finally opened 4:28 into the third period with a slap shot goal from Matt MacKenzie. His second of the season was assisted by Rob Flick and Wade Megan. Sena Acolatse added another goal via a slap shot at 9:52 to extend the Pirates lead to a 2-0 score. His power play tally was assisted by Dylan Olsen and Rob Schremp. The Falcons cut into the lead with a rebound goal from Craig Cunningham at 11:10. His 22nd of the year was assisted by Laurent Dauphin and Michael Bunting. The Falcons pulled Hill for the extra attacker in effort to tie the game with under two minutes left. Connor Brickley potted his twelfth of the year into the empty to seal the game. Wayne Simpson assisted on the goal to give the Pirates a 3-1 win. Hill made 36 saves on 38 shots to fall to 1-2-0 on the season. McKenna stopped 36 shots to improve his record to 33-17-5.
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