The Springfield Falcons have had the Adirondack Phantoms by the scruff for most of the season and typically early on in most of their games. This was the sixth meeting between the Falcons (45-22-5-4) and Adirondack (30-37-3-4) and four out the six times Springfield has scored first within the first six minutes of the game.
Boone Jenner opened the scoring in the first period with an assist from Sean Collins. Spencer Machacek and Jake Hansen would both score in the second period with primary assists on both goals going to Nick Drazenovic.
Allen York delivered the win by stopping 20 of 22 shots including a late onslaught by the Phantoms in the dwindling seconds of the game.
Mark Alt scored in the second period for his first professional goal getting assists from Brandon Alderson and Kyle Flanagan. Rob Bordson received an assist from Jason Akeson in the third period to tally his 11 of the season and Brian Boucher was not on his game letting in 3 goals on 18 shots in the loss.
Springfield struck early in the first period at 1:29. The Phantoms were in the middle of an ill timed line change when the Falcons crashed the crease and allowed Boone Jenner to skate in on Boucher, deke him to the ice and lift the puck over him.
Adirondack tied it up at 7:11 in the second period as the Phantoms rushed down the left wing dropping the puck back for Alt who blasted it by York top shelf for his first professional goal.
The tie game didn’t even last a minute as Drazenovic skated down the left wing and in on Boucher who over committed and laid out on the ice allowing Drazenovic to pass the puck to Machacek who had an open net all to himself at 8:10.
The Phantoms were abysmal on the power play. Three chances alone in the second period and could barely get a shot on net. Even Scott Laughton showed he is just a rookie, giving up the puck and allowing Jenner a shorthanded breakaway which he was unable to convert on.
The Falcons increased their lead at 11:41 in the second as Drazenovic, again, carried the puck into the zone and around two defensmen and fed a charging Hansen who directed the puck five-hole on Boucher putting Springfield up 3-1.
The night of firsts continued as Alderson received his first professional penalty minutes at 17:23 when he was called for holding.
Adirondack made an attempt to come back in the game shortly into the third and they didn’t make it easy on themselves. Alt was sent to the sin bin at 3:36 for interference and with 6 second remaining in the penalty Akeson skated the puck down the right wing and sent a centering pass to a skating Bordson, who tapped it past York.
Laughton tried completing the comeback in the remaining seconds of the game but York was there to shut the door and deliver a loss to the Phantoms in their final home game of the season.
“You got to hate to lose more than you love to win,” said Bordson. “Hopefully (next season) we can be in the playoff race all season and not playing from behind.”
Notes: Alt scored his first professional goal on the stat sheet tonight. Not to be confused with last week’s game winning shootout goal since shootout goals do not get recorded as regular statistical goals.
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