Friday, January 30, 2009
Well while the Oilers were taking it to the Minnesota Wild at Rexall place tonight, it was another poor outing for the Springfield Falcons as the Worcester Sharks took a big bite out of the birds in Worcester.
The Oilers farm hands dropped a 3-1 decision in a game that they never seemed to be in. The Sharks outshot the Falcons 14-4 in the first period 12-6 in the 2nd and 34-17 overall.
The Sharks did add an empty net goal to make it a 2 goal win after Guillaume Lefevbre's 3rd of the season brought Springfield within a goal, but the Falcons shot themselves in the foot by going 0-7 on the power play, including a 2 man advantage in the 2nd. There were 4 scraps in this one including Slava Trukhno throwing the skin hammers with Riley Armstrong. Gilbert Brule, Mathieu Roy and Lefevbre also dropped the gloves. Devan Dubnyk making his 9th straight start stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced in a losing cause. The Oilers first round pick from 2004 and the Falcons have just 3 wins over that span, and have lost 3 straight.
Springfield was playing without Taylor Chorney because of an undisclosed injury, and lost Tim Sestito to an upper body injury during this one. They did get Slava Trukhno back after 17 games, and Rob Schremp returned from a bout with the flu after missing a pair of games.
To make room for goaltender Danny Sabourin, Springfield has sent former Denver Pioneer pipeman Glenn Fisher to Las Vegas of the ECHL, oddly enough it's one of Calgary's farm teams. Also Derek Bekar and the team have mutually agreed to his release so he can head overseas and play.
After the all star break Springfield lost Liam Reddox to the parent club, and yesterday Ryan Poltuny was also recalled by the Oilers. Both were in the line up tonight as Edmonton bounced back after a 10-2 drubbing with a 3-1 victory over Minnesota. Reddox played almost 12 and a half minutes, while Potulny was on for just over 11 minutes, although saw limited action in the 3rd period.
Springfield will try and end their 3 game skid Saturday night against Binghamton.