Especially troublesome for the Falcons, the three losses all came at the hands of divisional rivals; in essence turning each of the games into a four pointer.
Worse still, the Falcons were the only team in the division who didn't register a point in the standings for the week. One week ago, the Falcons were running second in the division, one point behind Connecticut.
This week, the standings look like this:
AHL NORTHEAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of 11/28/11):
The Falcons faced good goaltending all weekend. It started with Leighton, continued with Chad Johnson of the Connecticut Whale on Saturday and finished up with Keith Kinkaid for the Albany Devils on Sunday.
The combined shots on goal across the three games infer that the Falcons weren't playing badly, but just were really not catching any breaks at all. For the three weekend games, the Falcons outshot their opponents by a margin of 110 to 71.
The three opposing goalies mentioned above recorded a combined save percentage of .955 against Springfield.
The Falcons goaltending, which has been brilliant at times, was ordinary at best this weekend. Manny Legace and Danny Taylor combined for an .845 save percentage, pretty much telling the story of "what happened" this weekend.
Falcons Individual Stats:
|Martin St. Pierre||C||18||5||16||21||+5||10|
|Cody Bass X||C||5||2||2||4||-1||13|
|Ray Macias X||D||3||1||2||3||+3||0|
|John Moore X||D||5||1||1||2||-2||2|
|Chaz Johnson X||RW||1||0||0||0||0||4|
|Paul Dainton X||G||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Steven Delisle X||D||6||0||0||0||+2||8|
|Manny Legace (SPR only)||G||8||0||0||0||0||0|
Manny Legace checks in at 14th in the AHL with a 2.42 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Danny Taylor is 24th in the league, with his 2.58 GAA and .914 save percentage.
Transactions This Week:
Nov. 21: Allen York recalled by Columbus
Nov. 21: Matt Calvert returned on loan by Columbus
Nov. 28: Allen York returned on loan by Columbus
Media This Week:
Bruce Landon's blog tells us what it cost to take a family of four to a recent game in Boston.
Martin St. Pierre sparking Springfield Falcons Offense
Weekly Webisode with Cam Atkinson:
Bonus Webisode with Coach Rob Riley:
Martin St. Pierre left the Friday night game against Adirondack with an undisclosed injury. He didn't play Saturday or Sunday.
Nick Drazenovic left Sunday's game after the second period and did not return for the third period.
Also injured for the Falcons:
Maksim Mayorov and Tim Spencer
The Falcons return to action Friday night when they travel to Worcester to take on the Sharks. Saturday and Sunday feature two more home games for Springfield. On Saturday, Connecticut returns for a rematch and Sunday afternoon, the Portland Pirates will be in for a 3PM game.