FALCONS GAME PREVIEW: SPRINGFIELD AT ST. JOHN'S, GAME #22
Springfield Falcons (13-4-1-3) at St. John's IceCaps (11-11-0-1)
Saturday, December 8, 2012
6:00 p.m. (ET)/7:30 p.m. (NST)
Mile One Centre
RADIO: WHYN NewsTalk 560 AM/WHYN.com
Falcons Game Notes (PDF)
IN JUST A FEW HOURS...
The Springfield Falcons and St. John's IceCaps close out their two-game weekend series at the Mile One Centre at 6:00 p.m. (ET). On Friday night, Cam Atkinson scored two goals in the third period, breaking a tie game and lifting the Falcons to a 5-3 win over the IceCaps, as Springfield maintained its hold on first place in the Eastern Conference along with the Syracuse Crunch. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault added a goal and two assists while Curtis McElhinney set aside 33 of 36 shots to log his league-best 12th win of the season.
Falcons fans can access live coverage of tonight's contest beginning at 5:45 p.m. on WHYN NewsTalk 560 AM, WHYN.com, the iHeartRadio App, or AHLLive.com.
The Falcons take on the Providence Bruins on the road next Friday to end their four-game road stretch before returning to the MassMutual Center on Saturday, Dec. 15 to host the IceCaps, with a special start time that night of 7:30 p.m.
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A BIG NIGHT
Cam Atkinson posted his second four-point game (2g-2a) of the season on Friday and became the first Falcon to register goals in three-straight outings this year. Atkinson is tied for fourth in the AHL with a Springfield-best 12 goals and is even atop the league with four game-winning tallies with Charlotte's Zach Boychuk and Houston's Jason Zucker. The second-year pro is now 11th all-time among Falcon skaters with 44 goals in a Springfield sweater. Atkinson extended his point streak to four games (4g-4a) in the win.
'JAM,' CAM SHARE LEAD
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and Cam Atkinson pace the club with 24 points, putting the two into a tie for fourth in the AHL in scoring entering Saturday's action. Audy-Marchessault's 17 assists lead Springfield and are tied for second most in the league.
CRAIG CRANKS IN ANOTHER
Captain Ryan Craig moved into a tie for ninth place in Falcons history with Norm Milley with his 45th Springfield goal on Friday. Craig has points in four-straight contests (4g-1a). Tonight's game marks his 600th as a pro.
Springfield upped its league-leading road record to 7-1-1-0 (.833) with the victory and has now taken points in each of its last six away contests (5-0-1-0). The Falcons have outscored their opponents 42 to 21 in away action this year and have posted five goals in five-straight road games.