Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy doesn't stop the "Hatched and Hungry"


Let’s just say by the end of these next few days, there might be a farm no longer. Hurricane Sandy is demonstrating her thrash, wreaking havoc along the East coast. Now us here in Springfield haven’t been affected yet, with the storm looming over New York City. However, just like my dad has always told me: “The only sports that are not cancelled in bad weather are hockey and skiing.” Well the Falcons didn't do too much skiing this weekend, but they did play some Hockey!
This past weekend was one of much success for the Springfield Falcons. With two victories, the Falcons slid into the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Hurricane Sandy is coming for our farm!
Photo courtesy of telegraph.co.uk
On Friday night, the Falcons traveled to Providence to take on the Bruins and defeated the Boston Bruin farm team 3-0. Just one week prior, it was Providence on the winning side of the ice, taking the game 3-1.This time around it was all Springfield. goalie Curtis McElhinney recorded his second shutout in five games while Ryan Johansen, Cam Atkinson and Ryan Russell scored the goals.
Moving on to Saturday night, things were a little different. The Falcons hosted the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and eventually lost in a shootout 3-2. The UMass Amherst graduate and back-up goalie Paul Dainton played well, recording 36 saves in the loss.
For those of you that don’t know much about Paul Dainton, let me give you some insight, for I have been watching this guy between the pipes for a while now. Back at UMass, Dainton was a stud. Pretty much every time the guy made a save, the hundreds of “Mullins Maniacs” (UMass fanbase) wave their hands up and down praising their goalkeeper. In four years between 2007 and 2011, Dainton finished his career with a .908 save percentage, 2.79 goals against average and a career record of 45-16-12. My guess is that he will be a solid backup for McElhinney and will be an asset down the road.
In their last game of the weekend, the “Hatched and Hungry” Falcons took on the Portland Pirates in a Sunday matinee. Springfield scored three times in the first frame while outshooting the Pirates 19-4. Then, with McElhinney back in the cage, held off Portland down the stretch to close out the weekend with a 3-2 victory.
That’s it from here on the Farm, now back to you!

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