Showing posts with label Chris Minard. Show all posts
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Falcons Fall To Wolf Pack 7-5 / Eberle With No Points And -4 Rating

April 10, 2010 - The Springfield Falcons lost to the Hartford Wolf Pack 7-5 on Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Chris Minard scored his 20th and 21st goals of the year for Springfield and rookie Matt Beca tallied his first AHL/pro goal. The Falcons conclude their 2009-10 regular season on Sunday afternoon at the MassMutual Center when they host Manchester starting at 3pm.


With the Falcons leading 1-0 heading into the second period, Hartford exploded for seven goals in the middle frame. Kris Newbury, Corey Locke, Dane Byers, Chris McKelvie and Andres Ambuhl scored for the Wolf Pack within the first 10 minutes of the second period building a 5-1 Hartford lead. Colin McDonald cut Springfield's deficit to 5-2, but Ambuhl and Locke each scored their second markers of the period giving Hartford a 7-2 cushion through 40 minutes.

In the third period, the Falcons battled back and continued to chip away at their deficit. Minard scored his second goal of the game early in the final frame cutting the Wolf Pack advantage to 7-3, followed by Colton Fretter recording his team-leading 25th goal of the year. Beca's first AHL/pro goal pulled Springfield to within 7-5, but that was the end of the scoring for the night.

It was a very chippy second period as Jake Taylor and Jared Nightingale dropped the gloves after Taylor was involved in an earlier altercation after Locke's first goal of the game. Springfield's Ryan Donald and Hartford's Dane Byers dropped the gloves in the opening period.


Jesse Gimblett - Rob Hisey - Colton Fretter
Slava Trukhno - Chris Vande Velde - Matt Beca
Liam Reddox - Ryan O'Marra - Colin McDonald
Chris Minard - Chad Wiseman - Jordan Eberle

J.F. David - Johan Motin
Ryan Donald - Jake Taylor
Eddie Del Grosso - Jeff Petry

Bryan Pitton
Olivier Roy

FALCONS SCRATCHES - Chris Armstrong, Matt Nickerson, Ryan MacMurchy, Geoff Paukovich, Bryan Lerg, Alex Plante, Kip Brennan, Tony DeHart, Blair Riley

Game Night Notes ...

Game Setup: The Wolf Pack skated away with a 6-1 win in last Saturday’s meeting between these two teams at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons are 4-4-1-0 against Hartford this season. All four wins for Springfield have come by one goal, including three 2-1 finals. The Falcons went 2-2-1-0 at home this season against the Pack. Hartford is coming of a 9-2 loss to the Worcester Sharks on Wednesday night at the XL Center, where the Falcons are 7-15-1-1 over the past five seasons.

Falcons Player Notes:

• Ryan O’Marra has three goals against the Wolf Pack this season.
• Chad Wiseman leads the Falcons in scoring in the season series with two goals and four assists in seven games.
• Chris Armstrong has picked up five assists in addition to a single goal in six games against Hartford this season.
• Jordan Eberle, who scored the Falcons lone goal last Saturday, has two goals and four assists in two games against the Pack.

Wolf Pack Player Notes:

• Corey Locke leads all players in the season series with 12 points against the Falcons, five goals and seven assists.
• Brodie Dupont had two goals last Saturday and has five in the season series.
• Hartford captain Dane Byers has two goals and three assists against the Falcons this season.
• Derek Couture has scored three goals and notched two assists in seven games against the Falcons this season.

Written by the Springfield Falcons
*Reprinted by Oilers Jambalaya with permission by the Springfield Falcons AHL Hockey Club. The Springfield Falcons are a proud affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers (NHL)*

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Falcons Fall To River Rats 5-1 (AHL) / Eberle Has One Assist

By: Mike Hopey

Chris Minard scored for the Falcons but three third period goals from Jacob Micfliker, Zac Dalpe and Mike Angelidis put Albany over the top 5-1 in a Sunday matinee match-up in front of 5,705 at the MassMutual Center.

“I don’t think it was a 5-1 game,” said head coach Rob Daum. “Based on the territory and the scoring chances. We did didn’t give a lot of chances but when we did they were major and it cost us.”

Chris Terry gave the Rats the lead for good in the second period while trying to set a teammate up on a 2-on-1 rush. Terry tried to saucer a pass over a Falcons stick but the puck hit J.P. Levasseur, who made 29 saves in the loss, and found its way over the goal line. Terry’s 17th goal of the season would be all the River Rats needed to get past the Falcons.

The Falcons had opportunities but Albany goalie Justin Peters was there and made 27 saves in the game. The Falcons power-play which is 16th in the league at 17.3 percent entering the game but were 0-for-4 in the game. The River Rats were 1-for-3 with the lone power-play goal coming late in the third period.

It was Jiri Tlusty who put the River Rats on top with the games first goal at 6:26 of the period after a scoreless first period. Christ Terry found Tlusty parked in front of the net and pushed the puck past a sprawling J.P. Levasseur. The goal was Tlusty's 14th goal of the season.

Crashing the net paid off for Springfield when Minard tied the game up for the Falcons with his 17th goal of the season at 13:59 on a pass from Chad Wiseman and Jordan Eberle. The Falcons had had opportunities earlier with chances from Liam Reddox and Colin McDonald but the Falcons’ chances were all tipped wide or whizzed through the crease.

The River Rats upped the lead to two goals when Jacob Micflikier took a cross-ice pass that he sent off the post and into the net. Micflikier’s goal at 1:48 into the third was his 17th goal of the season. Dalpe added another goal and Angelidis scored the only power-play goal in the third for the River Rats.

3 Stars of the Game

1. ALB Chris Terry
2. SPR Chris Minard
3. ALB Jerome Samson

Springfield Falcons Lineup

Charles Linglet (7) - Rob Hisey (13) - Colton Fretter (19)
Chris Minard (14) - Chad Wiseman (15) - Jordan Eberle (17)
Geoff Paukovich (12) - Ryan O'Marra (22) - Colin McDonald (18)
Slava Trukhno (11) - Liam Reddox (9) - Matt Beca (38)

Chris Armstrong (32) - Jeff Petry (20)
J.F. David (3) - Jordan Bendfeld (33)
Eddie Del Grosso (28) - Jake Taylor (25)

J.P. Levasseur (31)
Bryan Pitton (35)

Game Night Notes...

Game Setup: This will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the River Rats and the Falcons. Springfield is 2-0-1-0 agaisnt Albany this season. The Falcons won in a shootout, 4-3, in the first meeting on October 30 and rolled over the Rats on November 15 by a score of 6-2. In the latest meeting the Falcons managed to take a point in a wild 7-6 overtime loss. Liam Reddox scored two third period goals, including one with four seconds left on the clock, to tie the game. Drayson Bowman ended up scoring the game winner for the River Rats. The Falcons and River Rats typically play each other evenly, the Falcons are 9-9-1-0 against Albany over the past five seasons.

Falcons Player Notes:

• Team points leader, Charles Linglet, has five points in the season series against Albany. Linglet has two goals and three assists. He scored a goal and notched an assist in the last meeting on February 6.
• Bryan Lerg has three goals against the River Rats this season. Lerg had a goal on February 6 and lit the lamp twice in the Falcons 6-2 win on November 15.
• Slava Trukhno has three of his 12 goals this season versus Albany. Trukhno has notched a goal in each of the three games this season.
• The Falcons’ leading goal scorer, Colton Fretter, has one tally against the River Rats this season. His goal was the first Falcons’ tally in the 7-6 overtime loss on February 6.
• Devan Dubnyk is the only Falcons goalie to face the River Rats this season. Dubnyk went 2-1 with a 3.87 goals against average.
• Jordan Eberle scored three goals in his first three games last weekend after joining the Falcons from Regina in the Western Hockey League.

River Rats Player Notes:

• Jerome Samson has two goals against the Falcons this season. His two goals came 14 seconds apart in the first minute of the River Rats overtime win on February 6.
• Drayson Bowman scored the overtime winner on February 6 for Albany and has 17 goals on the season.
• Jacob Micflikier has a pair of goals this season against the Falcons. He scored both goals in the second period of the 7-6 overtime win.
• Mike Murphy was the goalie of record for that February 6 win. Justin Peters picked up the loss in the first two games that the Falcons won.

Game Day Notebook...

Atlantic Division Roundup

The Worcester Sharks and the Portland Pirates have both clinched playoff berths. The Sharks were idle on Friday and shutout the Norfolk Admirals 2-0 last night in Norfolk and will meet the W-B/Scranton Penguins today. The Pirates earned a 2-0 shutout of their own on Friday against Providence and beat the Falcons 2-1 last night to lock up the playoff berth. The Pirates will host the Hartford Wolf Pack today.

Manchester, Lowell and Bridgeport are only separated by 5 points in the battle for the last two playoff spots in the division. Manchester beat the Devils earlier in the week and currently sit in third. Lowell beat the Falcons in a shootout on Friday and are only 2 points ahead of the Sound Tigers who are 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 games. However is the playoffs started today the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division would earn the 4th spot in the East Division because of a better record than the 4th place team in that division.

Around the League

In the East Division, the Hershey Bears have locked up the best record in the Eastern Conference. Albany, who is in Springfield today, have a seven point lead for second place. The once scorching Norfolk Admirals have faltered of late, losing 3 straight, and falling out of the playoff picture in the division. Three points ahead of the Admirals are the Penguins who are holding onto third with 81 points.

In the North Division, Lake Erie is only 4 points out of a playoff spot with 7 games left on their schedule but the Manitoba Moose have one more game left in the season and the Monsters have only gone 2-5-1-2 in their last ten games. Hamilton locked up the division crown a couple weeks ago and kept up their strong play with a pair of wins over division foe Abbotsford. The Heat are three points back of Rochester for the second spot in the division.

Out in the West Division, the Chicago Wolves have clinched a playoff berth, but not the division title yet. The Wolves have an 8 point lead of the Texas Stars with 7 games left on each of their schedules. The Stars have used an 8-2-0-0 run to leap frog over the Rockford Ice Hogs for second place in the division. Milwaukee is holding onto the last playoff spot by 5 points over the Peoria Rivermen.

Blue and Cooper Hockey: Edmonton Oilers

Last weekend the Oilers went on a 3-game winning streak. The Streak included a win over the Detroit, division leader Vancouver, and the San Jose Sharks. The wins over Detroit and San Jose were the first two NHL wins for former Falcon Devan Dubnyk. Dubnyk began his NHL career 0-8-2 for the Oilers this season. Dubnyk made 31 saves against the Red Wings and stopped 27 of 28 shots against the Sharks.

The streak game to an end on Friday night at Rexall Place when the Anaheim Ducks outlasted the Oilers for a 3-2 win. Corey Perry netted two power-play goals in the third period to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead. Marc Pouliot's power-play goal late in the period proved to not be enough to spark a miraculous come-from-behind victory for the Oilers.

Edmonton will be in action today when they meet the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis at 6 p.m. Eastern

*Reprinted by Oilers Jambalaya with permission by the Springfield Falcons AHL Hockey Club. The Springfield Falcons are a proud affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers (NHL)*

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Jordan Eberle, Is There Anything He Can't Do? / Game Recap: Falcons (4) vs Wolf Pack (3)


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.


Jordan Eberle has two goals and two* three assists in two games with the Falcons. In 11 career AHL games now, Eberle has five goals and eight* nine assists for 13* 14 points. **Oilers Jambalaya Edit**

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.


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)

Oilers assign Chris Minard to Springfield
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have reassigned forward Chris Minard to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Minard, 28, was called up on March 10 and played in five games for the Oilers recording an assist.

*Reprinted with permission by the Springfield Falcons AHL Hockey Club. The Springfield Falcons are a proud affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers (NHL)*

Friday, March 19, 2010

Devan Dubnyk Wins His First NHL Game / Oilers vs Red Wings Game Recap (3/19/10)

This is a brief game recap of the Edmonton Oilers vs the Detroit Red Wings game on TSN.


Detroit Red Wings (34-23-12) at Edmonton Oilers (21-42-7)



Detroit Red Wings - 2

Edmonton Oilers -3 SO



Penner Cogliano Brule
Moreau Horcoff Pisani
Nilsson Potulny Pouliot
Stortini Gagner Minard

Whitney Gilbert
Chorney Strudwick
Johnson Peckham







The Good:

- Devan Dubnyk almost lost his first win with .03 seconds left in the 3rd period. But he didn't. Lucky for him he continued his good play for a full 65 minutes plus the shootout. Devan Dubnyk has a legitimate NHL win under his belt. I couldn't be happier for him. Great job Devan.

- Ryan Whitney scored his first goal as an Oiler tonight. He's been pretty good since we acquired him. I'm still finding him to be a decent pick up in a trade. Especially for a guy like Lubomir Visnovsky. Whitney had 5 shots and 3 blocked shots to go with his goal. I'd say a decent night.

- Andrew Cogliano is a whole different guy right now. You put him on the top line and he performs. He scores a goal and gets an assist on the Whitney goal. This was one of his best games in a long time. He was solid at both ends of the ice. But can he do it again?

- Gilbert Brule has been quietly one of the Oilers most consistent guys all season long. He did it again tonight as he keeps showing that chemistry with Penner and Cogliano. Brule assisted on both Oiler goals and played a good physical game all game. He's, in my opinion, a keeper for next season. You can just tell he wants to be good.

The Not So Good:

- Ethan Moreau is just plain bad. it's like he has no clue on how to play the game anymore. If Comrie was a healthy scratch, I'm going to be very ticked off.

- Theo Peckham is going to take a lot of the blame for the tying goal by not playing the puck properly, but where was the defender watching the back door guy (Rafalski)? Where was Johnson? Horcoff?

- Speaking of Peckham, his partnership with Johnson wasn't so shit hot tonight. Both of them finished a -2 and while they did look good for long periods of time, they had those rookie mistakes that can cause a game to be lost. They have been a good duo and I'd expect them to be a little better next game.

- I really do not like the Minard/Gagner/Stortini line. Either Quinn figures that Gagner is so damn good that he makes others around good or he's really ticked at him? I honestly do not know the answer so I can't tell you either way. I would hope it's because he thinks he's the cats ass.

The Side Dish:

- If you missed it, Jordan Eberle scored a goal in the first minute of his first game with the Springfield Falcons this year. CLICK HERE for the game recap.

- Also tonight the Stockton Thunder had a game to play. They lost to the Utah Grizzles in a very one-sided game by the score of 6-2. The recap will be posted soon on Oilers Jambalaya.

- The Canadian Sledge Hockey team also lost their game tonight. They were playing against Norway for the bronze medal and Norway scored with 3 seconds left. It's a shame because Canada wanted this so bad after being shocked by Japan yesterday. Good try and we still love you guys. GOCANADAGO!


DID YOU KNOW? (Facts About The Edmonton Oilers)

Did you know... at this point of the Oilers season, the majority of fans wanted an Detroit win tonight (to be ahead of Calgary in the standings) over Devan Dubnyk to get his first win tonight and not achieve the record for longest in NHL without first win.

Did you know... Gilbert Brule is 3rd on the team in points with 34 points?

Did you know... Devan Dubnyk started in goal 11 times this season, including tonight? That's a lot of games with no win.







Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks
Sunday 21/03/10
6:00 pm MST
Sportsnet West


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