POST GAME: Falcons 5, IceCaps 3

Cam Atkinson's goal late in the third period secures a much-needed win for Springfield

Friday, 12.07.2012 / 8:25 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS (13-4-4) 5, ST. JOHN'S ICECAPS (11-11-1) 3
Mile One Centre | St. John's, NL
Attendance: 6,287

THE RUNDOWN
St. John's put the pedal down early in this game, but once the Falcons got settled, everything changed.

Looking to even things up after being swept by Springfield at MassMutual Center on opening weekend, the IceCaps came out flying on home ice (as they usually do). A capacity crowd at Mile One Centre was roaring from the outset, and showed its approval for a deserved 1-0 lead when Kael Mouillierat scored at 2:22 of the first period.

But the Falcons countered with an enormous second period, scoring three times and taking all the momentum out of St. John's. Ryan Craig cleaned up a rebound off David Savard's wrister from the point to tie the game at 2:51 of the second, giving him points in four consecutive games.

Later in the middle stanza it was Jonathan Audy-Marchessault working his magic, stealing a puck at the offensive blue line and putting a nifty backhand move on IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale to give Springfield a 2-1 lead. Less than 90 seconds later it was Nick Drazenovic capitalizing on a heads-up play by Cam Atkinson inside his own end, leading a 3-on-1 across the line and snapping it by Pasquale for a two-goal bulge.

Though it seemed to be the Falcons in total control, there was a stretch in the third period when the IceCaps looked to have clawed back into the game. Kevin Clark scored early in the period to make it a one-goal game, and Ray Sawada tallied on a breakaway to even things up at 3-3.

But just 2:23 after St. John's leveled the score, Atkinson buried the lead goal -- and it was a heart-breaker. Pasquale was scrambling around his crease and made a couple of nice stops, but the Falcons were overwhelming at the front of the net.

Curtis McElhinney pulled his weight down the stretch, totaling 33 saves on the night and several of high quality in the closing minutes as St. John's poured it on.

And with an empty netter inside the final 90 seconds of regulation, Atkinson secured a four-point night for himself and a vital two points for his club.


PIVOTAL MOMENT

St. John's emptied the tank in the third period and even had a few good shifts after the game was tied at 3-3, but Atkinson's goal was the dagger. The IceCaps ran a little ragged inside their own blue line, and Springfield just had them outnumbered in the net mouth. Atkinson was in the right spot at the right time to swat it in for the game-winner.


THREE STARS

1. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (SPR) - goal, assist

2. Ray Sawada (STJ) - goal

3. Curtis McElhinney (SPR) - 33 saves


NEXT
at St. John's IceCaps
Mile One Centre | St. John's, NL
Saturday, 6 p.m. ET

SCHEDULE

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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 3 3 1 1 4
B. Dubinsky 3 0 4 0 4
M. Calvert 3 2 1 3 3
R. Johansen 3 1 2 0 3
B. Jenner 3 1 2 -1 3
D. Savard 3 0 3 1 3
C. Atkinson 3 1 1 1 2
D. MacKenzie 3 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 3 1 0 0 1
J. Skille 3 0 1 -1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 2 0 .904 3.32
 
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