Andrew Joudrey scored his 10th goal of the season at 6:33. Picking up his first pro point was Sean Collins, while Martin St. Pierre got the other helper on the goal. Joudrey has been a steady influence all season long, and his play over the last month has exemplified his leadership.
Alexandre Giroux scored his 25th of the season on the power play at 11:54 of the third period. As I've said many times this season, Giroux manages to get loose just above the faceoff circle in the offensive zone with amazing regularity. Once again today, Dane Byers sent the puck up the halfwall to David Savard. Savvy passed across the blueline to Giroux, who helped himself to his area where he just blew one by Harri Sateri in the Sharks cage. This goal tied it at two, and the Falcons just looked bigger and badder after the goal.
Just over three minutes later, it was Andrew Joudrey again, giving the Falcons their first lead of the day, 3-2. Joudrey was in the slot, on the receiving end of some precision passing from Patrick Cullity and Nick Drazenovic.
Worcester pulled Sateri with a minute and a half remaining. Greg Amadio was whistled for a cross-checking penalty, giving the Sharks a two man advantage for the last 90 seconds. The Sharks put up a couple of scoring opportunities, but you could sense that they just didn't have the drive to seal the deal and the Falcons held on for a great win.
1 - Andrew Joudrey
2 - Brodie Reid
3 - Alexandre Giroux
The Falcons now have five games left in the regular season. Their next game is Wednesday morning in Bridgeport against the Sound Tigers. Game time is 11AM. One of those school kid field trip games that the "A" is famous for. After that, Springfield heads up to St. John's for their final two regular season road games against the IceCaps. They return home the following Friday and Saturday to close out the regular season. I'll have full coverage here at The Cannon.