FALCONS GAME PREVIEW: SPRINGFIELD AT MANCHESTER, GAME #36
Springfield Falcons (20-9-3-3) at Manchester Monarchs (17-16-2-2)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Verizon Wireless Arena
RADIO: (presented by FalconsWireless.com) WHYN NewsTalk 560 AM/WHYN.com
Falcons Game Notes (PDF)
IN JUST A FEW HOURS...
The Springfield Falcons kick off a four-game week when they head to Manchester to battle the Monarchs at 7:00 p.m. Springfield leads the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by six points with three games in hand for first place in the Northeast Division, and returns to the ice for the first time since defeating the Providence Bruins on Saturday, 4-2, in front of a season-high crowd of 6,497 fans at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons, who are winless in three midweek games this season, beat the Monarchs in a shootout, 3-2, in the most recent meeting on Dec. 16. Springfield and Manchester each have a 2-1-0-1 records against each other in 2012-2013, with the road team registering victories in all four games.
Tonight's broadcast is presented by FalconsWireless.com and begins at 6:58 p.m. on WHYN 560 AM, WHYN.com, the iHeartRadio App, and AHLLive.com.
The Falcons return home to host the Connecticut Whale on Friday and the Albany Devils on Saturday at the MassMutual Center.
Falcons fans and Big Y customers can save $5 off a full-priced adult ticket by presenting their Big Y Card at the MassMutual Center Box Office now through two hours prior to the start of Friday's game as part of "Big Y Night." Youth and other discounted tickets are not eligible for this promotion. Fans in attendance on Friday will also have the opportunity to win a brand new, high-definition television courtesy of Manny's TV & Appliances (MannysTV.com) as part of "Flat-Screen Friday."
On Saturday, Wally the Green Monster and Screech will pick the winner of the "AAA Spring Training Getaway" during the first intermission of "Red Sox Night presented by AAA Travel." Five finalists were selected from entries through the five AAA Pioneer Valley locations and through AAA.com/Promo to win a three-day, two-night trip to Fort Myers. The grand prize includes two round-trip airline tickets, a two-night hotel stay, and two tickets to two Red Sox spring training games. The Pawtucket Red Sox and their mascot, Paws, will be displaying their Governors' Cup in the concourse as part of their 2012 International League championship celebration. Fans can also win a free bicycle courtesy of Gus Coelho Auto Repair at 442 Holyoke St. in Ludlow as part of "Cycle Saturday" at the MassMutual Center (GusAutoRepair.net).
Springfield closes out the weekend in Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon.
Single-game tickets to see the Falcons in 2012-2013 can be purchased at the MassMutual Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through game time on Saturday home dates, and starting four hours prior to Sunday home contests. Fans can also purchase tickets by logging onto Ticketmaster.com. For information about discounted group packages to Falcons home games, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
“JAM” RISES TOWARD THE TOP
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault has seven points in the last three games (4g-3a) and is now tied for fourth in the AHL in scoring with 37 points. He will equal Cam Atkinson for the club lead in that category with a goal or an assist tonight. Audy-Marchessault leads Springfield with 24 assists, putting the second-year pro into a tie for sixth in the AHL. His second-period goal on Saturday proved to be his first game winner of 2012-2013. The Quebec City native is tied for fifth in the AHL at +15.
DRAZENOVIC DOES IT ALL
In addition to matching Cam Atkinson’s outing on Nov. 11 versus Norfolk and the 2012-2013 AHL single-game mark, Nick Drazenovic set a career high with four assists on Saturday. His four points equaled his career best, tying his one goal, three assist contest with Peoria against Lake Erie on Oct. 30, 2009. Drazenovic is third on the Falcons with 30 points and is tied for third with 20 assists.
CRAIG HITS THE HALF-CENTURY MARK
Ryan Craig garnered his 50th goal in a Springfield sweater on Saturday night, breaking a tie with Cam Atkinson and moving into sole possession of ninth place in Falcons history. He leads the Falcons with seven power-play goals.
Springfield has power-play goals in seven-straight contests and is eighth in the league in that category at 19.6%.
COOL, CALM, AND ‘KILL’ECTED
The Falcons were perfect on all six shorthanded situations on Saturday and are tied for fourth in the league on the penalty kill with the Charlotte Checkers at 85.7%. Springfield is one of just two teams, along with Charlotte, to have a top 10 power play and penalty kill.
OBEYING THE LAW
Springfield is the only team without a 10-minute misconduct and is one of four clubs without a game misconduct. The 42 penalty minutes by Ryan Craig and Dalton Prout is the lowest total of any AHL team leader in that category.