Springfield, MA, April 14, 2013 – Rookie Boone Jenner scored with 28.8 seconds left in the third period Sunday at the MassMutual Center, to give the Springfield Falcons a 4-3 victory over the Connecticut Whale.
Jenner, playing only his second game since joining the Falcons from the Ontario Hockey League, got his stick free at the side of the goal crease and stuffed the puck in, after David Savard threw it at the net from the right point.
The loss dropped the Whale to 35-30-6-3 on the year. At 79 points, Connecticut remains tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with Norfolk, which lost 4-1 in Providence. Manchester and Hershey both won on Sunday and moved to within two points of the Whale and Admirals.
Springfield also got a goal and an assist from Michael Chaput on Sunday, and Andrew Joudrey and Matthew Ford also scored. Allen York made 16 saves in the Falcon net. Kris Newbury, Micheal Haley and Brandon Mashinter scored for the Whale and Jason Missiaen stopped 18 shots.
Joudrey opened the scoring at 6:50 of the first period, shooting the puck past the catching glove of Missiaen off of left wing, after Whale defensemen Dylan McIlrath and Mike Vernace seemed to miscommunicate on the coverage.
The Whale would come back with a pair of goals in just over four minutes, though, starting with a power-play marker at 10:43.
Newbury scored on his own rebound at 10:43, after he deflected Vernace’s shot from the blue line on net and York couldn’t control the puck.
Haley then put the Whale ahead for the first time at 14:53, scoring his tenth goal of the season. Christian Thomas did much of the work on the goal, tracking down his own dump-in and hitting the net from the right-wing side. York stopped that try, but Thomas jammed the rebound back on goal and Haley was able to poke it through York.
The Falcons tied the score 7:11 into the second, with Chaput getting his 12th of the year. Missiaen stopped a jam-in attempt to his left, but Dalton Smith was able to work the puck out into the slot to Chaput, who put it home. The Whale argued that Smith interfered with Missiaen in the goal crease, but the goal was allowed to stand.
A fine J.T. Miller rush led to the Whale regaining the lead at the 11-minute mark. Miller got behind a Springfield defender and handcuffed York with a shot. Miller was able to knife the rebound under York, and Mashinter arrived on the scene to knock the puck in.
That lead lasted until there was only 1:06 left in the period, when the Falcons were able to force the Whale into a turnover that led to a Ford goal. Former Whale Jonathan Audy-Marchessault blocked a Sean Collins pass behind the net and centered to Ford busting down the slot. Ford’s shot beat the catching glove of Missiaen for a 3-3 tie.
The Whale finished the 12-game I-91 rivalry series with the Falcons 5-7-0.
The Whale now have two games left in the regular season, the first of which is this Friday, April 19 at Albany, as the Whale and Devils battle at 7:00 PM. All the action of that game can be heard live on “Beethoven Radio” AM 1290 and on-line at www.ctwhale.com. Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.
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Connecticut Whale 3 at Springfield Falcons 4
Sunday, April 14, 2013 – MassMutual Center
Connecticut 2 1 0 – 3
Springfield 1 2 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Springfield, Joudrey 9 (Russell, Parlett), 6:50. 2, Connecticut, Newbury 19 (Pyett, Vernace), 10:43 (PP). 3, Connecticut, Haley 10 (Thomas), 14:53. Penalties-McIlrath Ct (roughing, roughing), 0:18; served by Collins Spr (bench minor – too many men), 1:32; Chaput Spr (holding), 2:19; Parlett Spr (holding), 9:56; Ferriero Ct (fighting), 15:45; Audy-Marchessault Spr (fighting), 15:45; McIlrath Ct (fighting), 16:40; Newbury Ct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:40; Smith Spr (fighting), 16:40.
2nd Period-4, Springfield, Chaput 12 (Smith, Machacek), 7:11. 5, Connecticut, Mashinter 12 (Miller, Ferriero), 11:00. 6, Springfield, Ford 8 (Audy-Marchessault), 18:54. Penalties-Vernace Ct (roughing, roughing), 14:36; Smith Spr (roughing), 14:36.
3rd Period-7, Springfield, Jenner 1 (Savard, Chaput), 19:31. Penalties-McIlrath Ct (high-sticking), 1:12; Vogelhuber Spr (holding), 4:58; Chaput Spr (delay of game), 9:56.
Shots on Goal-Connecticut 9-5-5-19. Springfield 6-11-5-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Connecticut 1 / 4; Springfield 0 / 4.
Goalies-Connecticut, Missiaen 10-8-2 (22 shots-18 saves). Springfield, York 12-6-0 (19 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86).
Linesmen-Kevin Redding (16), Paul Simeon (66).