Falcons Weekly Recap: Week 22

Week 22 of the AHL season was disappointing to fans of the Springfield Falcons. The three games that they played resulted in just one point in the standings. The schedule is what it is, and it couldn't have been much crueler to the Falcons. The first two games of the weekend were in Norfolk against the hottest team in the AHL, the Admirals. The Admirals extended their 10 game winning streak by two at the expense of the Falcons.

As if that weren't enough, then the Birds had to endure the seven plus hour bus ride to Hershey, PA for a 5PM game on Sunday. The Falcons arrived in Chocolatetown around 5AM Sunday morning. The biggest positive of the weekend came when Springfield dug deep and played a good hockey game against a club that has always played Springfield teams tough. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of 60 minutes. Former Falcon, Ryan Potulny gave the Bears the victory just 22 seconds into the extra session on a power play goal.

Dispensing with my usual divisional standings, as playoff time draws nearer I'll include the Eastern Conference standings in the Falcons weekly recap:

AHL EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS (as of 3/6/12):

Pos. Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA
1. Norfolk Admirals (TB) 60 39 18 1 2 81 214 159
2. St. John's IceCaps (WPG) 57 35 15 5 2 77 191 165
3. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 57 32 19 3 3 70 175 158
4. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 59 33 19 2 5 73 188 179
5. Hershey Bears (WSH) 59 31 19 4 5 71 197 172
6. Connecticut Whale (NYR) 58 29 19 5 5 68 172 160
7. Albany Devils (NJD) 58 27 22 6 3 63 150 165
8. Worcester Sharks (SJ) 57 25 21 4 7 61 150 154
9. Manchester Monarchs (LA) 60 29 28 0 3 61 155 174
10. Portland Pirates (PHX) 58 27 25 3 3 60 163 192
11. Adirondack Phantoms (PHI) 58 28 27 2 1 59 158 165
12. Springfield Falcons (CBJ) 59 27 27 3 2 59 166 181
13. Providence Bruins (BOS) 60 26 28 3 3 58 148 174
14. Syracuse Crunch (ANA) 58 24 26 4 4 56 182 190
15. Binghamton Senators (OTT) 59 23 32 2 2 50 160 189

For old time hockey fans, I present the following video had linked a video here earlier. Prior to the Saturday night game in Norfolk, bad blood spilled Friday night between the teams carried over to Saturday. About two and half minutes into the video, there is a replay of the start of the melee when the Falcons' Greg Amadio mixed it up with Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Check it out after the jump: Suspensions resulted, so that may have something to do with the video being removed. Sorry folks. After the jump, I'll have the official suspension announcement from the league:


Instead of the video, here's the aftermath:

Norfolk Admirals right wing Eric Neilson has been suspended for three (3) games, Norfolk left wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie has been suspended for two (2) games, Springfield Falcons center Adam Mair has been suspended for three (3) games and Springfield defenseman Greg Amadio has been suspended for two (2) games, all as a result of their actions during pregame warm-ups prior to a game between the teams in Norfolk, Va., on Mar. 3.

In addition, both clubs have been fined an undisclosed amount.

Neilson and Labrie will miss Norfolk’s games Friday (Mar. 9) at Adirondack and Saturday (Mar. 10) at Connecticut; Neilson will also miss Norfolk’s game Sunday (Mar. 11) at Bridgeport.

Mair and Amadio will miss Springfield’s games Friday (Mar. 9) at Manchester and Saturday (Mar. 10) vs. Syracuse; Mair will also miss Springfield’s game Sunday (Mar. 11) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Falcons Individual Stats:

Player Pos. GP G A Pts. +/- PIM
Martin St. Pierre C 57 10 42 52 +7 46
Cam Atkinson X RW 50 29 16 45 +4 31
Alexandre Giroux LW 49 21 23 44 +4 52
Dane Byers LW 49 14 16 30 -9 102
Matt Calvert LW 45 12 12 24 -5 31
Brent Regner D 58 2 22 24 +5 18
Nick Drazenovic C 25 6 16 22 -6 16
Wade MacLeod LW 49 6 14 20 +1 19
Andrew Joudrey C 56 8 11 19 -1 10
Maksim Mayorov LW 34 8 10 18 -2 8
Tomas Kubalik X RW 42 8 10 18 -10 34
Nathan Longpre - season totals F 42 8 10 18 +7 10
David Savard D 33 3 13 16 +2 55
Ryan Russell X C 30 9 6 15 0 15
Ryan Garlock C 55 4 9 13 -4 27
Cody Goloubef D 35 0 11 11 -7 35
Brett Lebda X D 26 1 9 10 0 18
Nick Holden X D 25 3 6 9 -2 14
Cody Bass C 20 3 5 8 -1 41
Dalton Prout D 51 3 5 8 -2 50
Patrick Cullity - season totals D 34 1 6 7 -3 40
Adam Mair C 29 2 4 6 -3 51
Teddy Ruth D 42 1 5 6 -17 35
Greg Amadio - season totals D 48 0 6 6 -12 180
Aaron Bogosian LW 43 2 2 4 -4 52
Mike Thomas X RW 25 1 3 4 -6 16
Ray Macias X D 3 1 2 3 +3 0
Tim Spencer LW 22 2 0 2 +1 42
John Moore X D 5 1 1 2 -2 2
Manny Legace (with Springfield) G 31 0 2 2 0 0
Oliver Gabriel X LW 11 1 0 1 -5 0
Brett Motherwell X D 3 0 1 1 -2 4
Chaz Johnson X RW 1 0 0 0 0 4
Mike Spillane G 1 0 0 0 0 0
Darcy Campbell X D 3 0 0 0 0 2
Chris D'Alvise X C 3 0 0 0 0 0
Chad Costello X F 4 0 0 0 -1 2
Trevor Bruess X RW 5 0 0 0 -4 5
Mark Dekanich X G 5 0 0 0 0 0
Allen York X G 5 0 0 0 0 0
Steven Delisle D 6 0 0 0 +2 8
Danny Taylor X G 10 0 0 0 0 0
Anton Blomqvist D 17 0 0 0 +2 17
Paul Dainton G 18 0 0 0 0 4

GOALTENDING:
Manny Legace was idle this week, due to injury. He is ranked at #29 among AHL goalies with at least 1080 minutes played. Legace's GAA sits at 2.74, with a .906 save percentage.

Paul Dainton's record is now 9-7-0 with a 2.92 GAA and a .895 save percentage. On Monday of last week, Dainton was named the AHL Player of the Week for his heroics in the Falcons previous weekend games when the club went 3-0-0 to move back into the thick of the playoff picture.

Mike Spillane, who was signed to a PTO last week, became the sixth goaltender to see action in the Falcons net this season. Spillane came on in relief of Dainton on Saturday night in Norfolk. Mike gave up two goals in his 40 minutes of relief, good for a 3.00 GAA and fielding a .857 save percentage.

Transaction this week:
Feb. 27: Ryan Russell returned from Columbus
Feb. 27: John Moore returned from Columbus
Feb. 27: Cam Atkinson returned from Columbus
Feb. 27: Nathan Longpre traded by Chicago Wolves to Springfield
Feb. 27: Ryan Russell recalled by Columbus
Feb. 27: John Moore recalled by Columbus
Feb. 27: Cam Atkinson recalled by Columbus
Feb. 29: Adam Mair released from PTO
Feb. 29: Adam Mair signed to SPC
Mar. 1: Chris D'Alvise returned to Stockton Thunder (ECHL)

Another three-in-three await the Falcons this weekend. Friday night, their five game road trip concludes in Manchester, NH. Saturday night, the Birds return home to take on the Syracuse Crunch. The weekend wraps up on Sunday when Springfield hosts the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 3PM.

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