POST GAME: Falcons 10, Whale 2

Springfield routs rival Connecticut in a lopsided contest at the XL Center in Hartford

Sunday, 11.04.2012 / 9:16 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS (6-1-2) 10, CONNECTICUT WHALE (4-4-1) 2
XL Center | Hartford, CT
Attendance: 2,221



THE RUNDOWN
Pardon the pun, but this was a whale of a game for Springfield tonight in Hartford.

Were the Falcons overwhelming and flat-out dominant at times in the game? Absolutely, but the Connecticut Whale laid a big old egg on home ice, surrendering nine goals at even strength en route to a 10-2 final score at the XL Center.

After a message-sending third period by head coach Brad Larsen on Friday night, the Falcons were much more disciplined and played a strong team game for 60 minutes. Five players registered multi-point outings, but it was former Whale defenseman Tim Erixon leading the way.

The 21-year-old blue liner scored the Falcons' first goal of the game, and picked up three more assists along the way for a four-point night. Erixon also became the first AHL defenseman with a +6 rating in a single game since Mathieu Roy (Dec. 3, 2010).

In fact, both former Whale players in the Springfield lineup had a happy homecoming.

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, benched in the third period and overtime on Friday, came back strong tonight and gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead with gorgeous goal in the first period. JAM finished with two assists, and was the first Springfield player to break the 10-point plateau this season.

Ryan Johansen scored a pair of nifty goals tonight, including a backhander under the crossbar at 16:23 of the second period off a slick pass from JAM. Johansen's first tally of the night was a re-direction in the slot, as he tipped in a point blast from Nick Holden earlier in the middle frame.

Connecticut used two goaltenders: Cam Talbot, who was pulled after yielding three goals on 11 shots, and 6-foot-8 Jason Missiaen. The Whale closed the gap to 6-2 with a power-play goal to open the third period, but Springfield poured it on after that.

Andrew Joudrey,Cam Atkinson, Nick Drazenovic and Michael Chaput scored third-period goals for the Falcons, who scored the most goals in a game since they crushed Providence by a 14-2 final in 1999.

Springfield scored its 10 goals on just 33 total shots.


PIVOTAL MOMENT

Not the easiest game to select such a moment, but we'll go with Johansen's 4-0 goal in the second period. We've seen time and again (especially in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs) that not even a 3-0 lead is "safe" in hockey anymore, and though they dominated the first period, the Falcons were by no means in the clear.

Holden made it happen with a really nice heads-up play, shooting for Johansen in the slot area. The big center did the rest, getting a big chunk of the puck and re-directing it to the opposite post at 3:56 of the period.


THREE STARS
1. Tim Erixon (SPR) - goal, three assists (+6)
2. Cam Atkinson (SPR) - goal (+3)
3. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (SPR) - goal, two assists (+4)


UP NEXT
vs. Connecticut Whale
MassMutual Center | Springfield, MA
Friday, 7 p.m.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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