|Baby steps. The young Falcons, coming off a 1-3-0-0 week, improve as a team...unfortunately the wins and losses do not reflect this.|
A hard fought game in Lowell where one mistake midway through the third period proves to be the game winning goal for Lowell. Karri Ramo is outstanding again and gives his team a chance. The Falcons get some chances at the end but cannot get the equalizer. .The good news was we gave up only two goals.
Friday night at the Mass Mutual Center, we fought the dreaded Wolfpack for the opener of back to back home games against Hartford. Springfield plays a good game and heads into the third period tied at 1-1. Hartford scores early in the period and then holds on while the Falcons do everything but score at the end. Ramo is outstanding (this is becoming redundant) in the 2-1 defeat.
No time to hang our heads as the return match with the Wolfpack and Rob Murray Night are here upon us. The retiring of the number 23 is a wonderful beginning to the game and the Falcons respond with maybe the best period of the year and take a 2-0 lead. Hartford responds with a similar second period and the teams enter the final frame knotted at 2-2. Newcomer Kyle Wanvig, with big assists from David Spina, comes up large in the third scoring two goals (making the hat trick) as the Falcons pull away in the third on their way to a 5-2 win. Gerald Coleman plays very well in goal.
Off to Manchester for the final leg of the weekend. Coleman gets the start again (Ramo was scheduled to play but comes up with a charley horse from his last start). Springfield plays extremely well and badly out plays and out shoots Manchester for two periods, but only manages to lead 2-1 after two. The Monarchs come out in the third, score two quick goals to take the lead and hold off the pesky Falcons for a hard fought 3-2 win.
The team has played much better of late but continues to come up short. Baby steps...progress is being made.
Until next week, Coach Stirling