SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (FALCONS) – The Springfield Falcons came out with a win tonight against the Albany Devlis, snapping a seven game losing streak.
The Falcons picked up their first victory since January 11th and move to 27-16-4-0 on the season. They also sit at 2-1-2-0 in the eight-game season series with the Devils.
Falcons goaltender Oscar Dansk earned the win and first star honors, stopping 29 of 30 shots. His Devils counterpart, Scott Clemmensen, turned away 24 of 27. Springfield was able to strike on the power play for the first time in three games, converting on one of three opportunities. The penalty kill unit shut down all five Albany man-advantages.
The Falcons opened scoring late in the first period. With less than two minutes remaining, Sean Collins received a pass from T.J. Tynan and got ahead of the Devils defenders to start a breakaway. He faked right and beat Clemmensen for his 11th goal of the season. Marko Dano earned credit for the secondary assist.
The Devils were quick to retaliate, evening the score 46 seconds into the second period. Mike Sislo fired a shot from the right wing circle that snuck by Dansk and put Albany on the board.
Refusing to lose another game, Springfield took back their lead less than two minutes later. Kerby Rychel picked a pass behind the Devils’ net and fed it to Adam Cracknell to the right of the crease. Cracknell found the back of the net for the second time this season to put the Falcons up, 1-0.
Springfield scored two more in the final period. With a 5-on-3 advantage, Luke Adam passed down T.J. Tynan in the right corner. His cross-slot feed set up Michael Chaput to battle with Clemmensen, eventually getting the puck across the goal line 40 seconds into the period.
Trent Vogelhuber added an empty net goal with the help of Rychel to break the Falcons’ seven-game losing streak and take a 4-1 victory.
The Falcons hit the road to face the Syracuse Crunch on February 7th and wrap up their three-in-three against the Providence Bruins on February 8th.