Falcons Game 59: Bears Claw Falcons in OT

The Hershey Bears have the #1 ranked power play in the American Hockey League. On Sunday afternoon, the Springfield Falcons (15th on PK) held the Bears at bay - 0 for 5 on the power play. An untimely dual bear hug between Adam Mair of the Falcons and Cody Eakin of the Bears resulted in power play number six for Hershey with just 54 seconds remaining in regulation time.

I should be glad the Falcons even made it to the overtime period. During the frenzied penalty kill, Dane Byers broke his stick and was playing with no twig to help, essentially making it a 5 on 3 and a half.

Former Falcon Ryan Potulny brought down the curtain on this one quickly in the extra session, going top shelf on Paul Dainton just 22 seconds into OT and giving the Bears a 2-1 win in front of 10422 at the Giant Center. More after the jump:
For the most part, this was a really good hockey game. Former Bear Alexandre Giroux scored the Falcons lone goal at 17:45 of the first period. Giroux was in his customary high slot position and rapidly finished off the Martin St. Pierre to Brent Regner feed. Don't look now, but that's a five game point scoring streak for Regner.

Paul Dainton was effective back in the Springfield goal, after getting two thirds of the night off on Saturday. Matt Pope solved Dainton early in the second period for his sixth goal of the season. After that, and some would argue - before that, it was the goalies who stole the show. Dainton for Springfield and former Falcon Dany Sabourin for the Bears. Sabourin in particular made several fabulous glove saves in key situations.

There was one terrific brawl in the second period featuring Greg Amadio of the Falcons and Andrew Carroll from Hershey. Carroll was overmatched from the instant the gloves hit the ice, but he hung in gamely. Amadio came back later in the third period and during a penalty kill, blocked four shots in one sequence including one right in the face. Dazed, he went to the bench and was good to go a short time later. Greg Amadio is a warrior in every sense of the word.

Even though the Falcons only registered one point in the standings, they somehow remain just two points out of the eighth playoff spot. The Falcons will now head home to regroup and refocus before hitting the road next Friday night. The upcoming three-in-three gets underway with the finale of the five game road trip in Manchester, NH against the Monarchs. The weekend then concludes with two home games. Saturday night the Syracuse Crunch come to Springfield for the annual "Pink in the Rink" game before wrapping up the weekend next Sunday afternoon against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.



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