The week started with the arrival of Matt Calvert from Columbus and later in the day, the promotion of Cody Bass to the Blue Jackets. I'm a big Matt Calvert guy, so the selfish side of me is glad to see him back in Springfield. The bigger picture for him though is the reality that he will now have the ability to get some quality ice time and get his game back on track. Cody Bass, in his brief time as a Falcon showed plenty of leadership in addition to an unexpected scoring touch.
Tuesday brought two more signings. First, coming to the Falcons on a PTO is Ray Macias. Ray spent the past three seasons primarily with the Lake Erie Monsters (173 games total). He has also played 8 NHL contests as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
Also on Tuesday, Ryan Garlock signed a standard AHL contract, after starting the season on a PTO with Springfield.
Thursday was odd, as the Falcons inked veteran netminder Manny Legace to a PTO. This, undoubtedly, was related to the injury to Curtis Sanford in Columbus. The Springfield goalkeeper carousel spun a bit more than usual and when it came to a stop, Allen York was promoted to Columbus, Danny Taylor solved some immigration problems and Paul Dainton may be investigating travel to Chicago.
Unfortunately, the worst part of the week was exactly where the Falcons didn't want it to be, namely, on the ice.
Springfield played three games, losing all three. First, Friday night a return engagement against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with the Pens blanking the Falcons 3-0. Saturday night the Connecticut Whale came to town and on a fluke goal, late in the third period, managed to eke out a 2-1 victory. The third game of the weekend was Sunday afternoon in Hartford. The Falcons looked exasperated for most of the day, and after falling behind 4-0, managed to score one goal in the final period to end at 4-1.
AHL NORTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of 10/24/11):
Falcons Individual Stats:
|Martin St. Pierre||C||8||2||4||6||-2||0|
|Manny Legace (SPR only)||G||2||0||0||0||0||0|
Nick Drazenovic continues to lead the Falcons in scoring. His 9 total points places him in a tie for 10th in AHL scoring. Chris Bourque of Hershey leads the league with 5-8-13.
Danny Taylor is ranked 21st, with a 2.51 GAA and a .928 save percentage.
Allen York is currently ranked 33rd in the league with a 2.87 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Manny Legace is ranked 39th in the AHL, with a 3.02 GAA and a .885 save percentage.
Paul Dainton 55th in the league with a 4.30 GAA and a .836 save percentage.
The Falcons play three more games this coming week. Rather than three straight days, the games are spread out a bit. First up is a game Wednesday night in Manchester, NH against the Monarchs. The Falcons then return to Springfield for games Friday against the Hershey Bears and Saturday against the St. John's Ice Caps.