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Eberle puts up six points in first three games

Three goals, three assists through three games for top Oilers prospect

Saturday, 20.03.2010 / 11:15 PM / Future Watch
By Springfield Falcons Press Release
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Eberle puts up six points in first three games
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March 21, 2010 - For the sixth straight road game, the Springfield Falcons earned a point in the standings losing to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2-1 in overtime.  Jordan Eberle scored Springfield's lone goal giving him three goals in three straight games and six points in the three games this weekend.  The Falcons will be off from game action now until they head to Lowell on Friday night. 

In the overtime, Bridgeport ended up on a power play at 1:42 when Chris Armstrong was called for a tripping penalty, and on the following power play, Mike Radja slid the game-winner past J.P. Levasseur.  Levasseur was verey steady in goal for the Falcons and finished the afternoon with 28 saves.

Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period, the Falcons rallied to even the score and send the contest to the extra session.  Eberle scored his third goal of the weekend at 4:42 of the third period tying the score at 1-1.  Chris Minard collected the assist on the play and Minard, Eberle and Chad Wiseman generated quality scoring chances throughout the afternoon.  The Falcons ended up on a four-minute power play shortly after pulling even when Bridgeport's Brett Motherwell was whistled for a double-minor penalty when he high-sticked Charles Linglet.  Springfield generated some scoring chances, but failed to convert on the man advantage.

In the first period, Bridgeport took advantage of their first power play chance of the game when  Matt Martin one-timed a rebound off the back boards past Levasseur.

Midway through the opening frame, Springfield's Bryan Young and Bridgeport's Jesse Joensuu collected roughing minors after Young executed a clean body check on Martin.

GAME NOTES

The Falcons played in their 23rd overtime game this year and they are 5-11 in games decided in overtime and 4-3 in games ending in a shootout.

Chris Minard returned to the Falcons lineup on Sunday after playing in five games for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Falcons are 4-0-2-0 in their last six road games.

FALCONS LINEUP

Chris Minard - Chad Wiseman - Jordan Eberle
Charles Linglet - Rob Hisey - Colton Fretter
Liam Redoox - Ryan O'Marra - Colin McDonald
Jason Pitton - Slava Trukhno - Ryan MacMurchy

Chris Armstrong - Johan Motin
Bryan Young - Dean Arsene
J.F. David - Jordan Bendfeld

J.P. Levasseur
Bryon Pitton

FALCONS SCRATCHES
- Jake Taylor (Injured), Bryan Lerg (Healthy), Geoff Paukovich (Healthy), Matt Marquardt (Healthy), Alex Plante (Injured), Kip Brennan (Injured), Matt Nickerson (Healthy)


The Falcons bounced back from last night's loss to win Saturday.

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March 20, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons continued their strong play on the road beating the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-3 on Saturday night in front of 4,694 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.  The Falcons received goals from Liam Reddox, Jordan Eberle, Chad Wiseman and Dean Arsene, while goaltender Bryan Pitton stopped 33 of 36 shots in earning the win in goal.  The Falcons now have points in five straight road games going 4-0-1-0 in that span and overall they have won six of their last nine games.

For the second straight game, the Falcons opened the scoring and built a first period lead heading into the intermission.  Reddox opened the scoring with his 17th goal of the year, followed by captain Arsene scoring his second goal of the campaign giving Springfield a two-goal cushion through 20 minutes.

The scoring was fast and furious in the second period with Hartford evening the score at 2-2 when Corey Locke and Derek Couture scored for the Pack less than six minutes into the middle stanza.  The Falcons quickly responded when Eberle scored his second goal in as many nights just 21-seconds after Couture tied the score.  Springfield regained their two-goal advantage at 12:42 of the second period when Wiseman scored his 21st goal of the year.

Hartford's Brodie Dupont pulled the Wolf Pack to within one goal at 4-3 late in the third period, but the Falcons held on for the victory and pulled to within six points of seventh place Hartford in the standings.

GAME NOTES

Jordan Eberle has two goals and three assists in two games with the Falcons.  In 11 career AHL games now, Eberle has five goals and nine assists for 14 points.

Rookie defenseman Tony DeHart was celebrating his 20th birthday in Hartford.

Forward Chris Minard arrived back in Springfield tonight and is expected to be available for the Falcons on Sunday in Bridgeport.

FALCONS LINEUP

Charles Linglet - Chad Wiseman - Jordan Eberle
Liam Reddox - Rob Hisey - Colton Fretter
Ryan MacMurchy - Ryan O'Marra - Colin McDonald
Matt Nickerson - Slava Trukhno - Jason Pitton

Chris Armstrong - Jordan Bendfeld
Jake Taylor - Dean Arsene
J.F. David - Tony DeHart

Bryon Pitton
J.P. Levasseur

FALCONS SCRATCHES - Bryan Young (Healthy), Bryan Lerg (Healthy), Geoff Paukovich (Healthy), Matt Marquardt (Healthy), Alex Plante (Injured), Kip Brennan (Injured), Johan Motin (Healthy)

March 19, 2010 - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are battling for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and they used a relentless third period attack on the Springfield Falcons Friday night to earn a must needed two points.  The Falcons saw their 4-1 lead disappear in the final period and Deryk Engelland scored in the overtime for Wilkes-Barre giving the Penguins a 5-4 overtime victory at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.  The Falcons will next head to Hartford to battle the Wolf Pack on Saturday night.

The Penguins came out fast and furious in the final 20 minutes trying to erase a three-goal deficit.  Konstantin Pushkarev started the rally at 3:12 of the third period for the Penguins, followed by Nick Johnson scoring his second goal of the game at 9:09 of the final frame pulling the Penguins to within one at 4-3.  Chris Conner evend the score at 4-4 just 31-seconds after Johnson's marker sending the 6,214 into a frenzy.

"I thought we were lucky to have a lead after two periods because we didn't deserve it with how we were playing," said Falcons head coach Rob Daum  "They came out and attacked us all period long and we couldn't answer back.".

In the second period, Springfield built a 2-0 lead at 6:19 when Colton Fretter tapped in a Jordan Eberle rebound on the power play.  Johnson cut the Falcons' lead to 2-1 just over a minute later when he scored his 14th goal of the year, but the Falcons responded right back with a pair of markers of their own.  Liam Reddox tipped in a Dean Arsene shot at 7:57 of the middle period, followed by J.F. David scoring his first AHL goal at 12:31 of the second frame.

The Falcons appeared to have taken a 5-1 lead late in the second period when Chad Wiseman's shot looked to have hit the back cross bar inside the net, but after the officials gathered for a lengthy discussion, the goal was waved off.

Late in the middle period, Jason Pitton and Engelland dropped the gloves for a marathon fight with Pitton holding his own for the Falcons.

Eberle quickly made an impact in the game when he scored his first goal of the year on his first shift of the game.  Eberle was set up by Wiseman in front before Eberle made a nice forehand to backhand play to slide a puck past Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen just one-minute into the first period.

FALCONS LINEUP

Charles Linglet - Chad Wiseman - Jordan Eberle
Liam Reddox - Rob Hisey - Colton Fretter
Ryan MacMurchy - Ryan O'Marra - Colin McDonald
Matt Marquardt - Slava Trukhno - Jason Pitton

Chris Armstrong - Johan Motin
Jake Taylor - Dean Arsene
J.F. David - Tony DeHart

J.P. Levasseur
Bryon Pitton

FALCONS SCRATCHES - Bryan Young (Healthy), Matt Nickerson (Healthy), Geoff Paukovich (Healthy), Bryan Lerg (Healthy), Alex Plante (Injured), Kip Brennan (Injured), Jordan Bendfeld (Healthy)

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