Scoring goals really hasn't worked for the Falcons lately, so it seemed team decided to try and pound their opponent into submission Sunday night. Against Binghamton, 4 separate scraps broke out in a 6:20 span of the first period, but it wasn't enough as for the second straight night the Oiler farmhands let a 3rd period lead slip away and lost 2-1.
Three minutes into this one, Hans Benson laid a big hit and danced with AHL heavyweight Jeremy Yablonski. According to hockeyfights.com the Meadowlake Saskatchewan product has 86 pro fights, and dropped the mitts for the 18th time this season with Benson. I'd have to give a slight decision to Yablonski after seeing the video evidence, but you can judge for yourself.
As you see in the clip, 2 minutes later Guillaume Lefebvre went with Matt Carkner and I thought it was a draw. 3 and a half minutes after that, Colin McDonald and Neil Petruic had possibly the shortest fight I've ever seen, but still earned 5 minutes each. And finally, newly acquired Ryan Stone and Zach Smith threw the skin hammers less than a minute later, and Stone won this one fairly handily. We'll ask him about the scrap Tuesday night when he joins us on TPS.
As for the rest of the game, it was scoreless until 2 minutes into the 3rd when Ryan Potulny beat Martin Gerber on a power play goal set up by Rob Schremp and Cody Wild. It was Potulny's 3rd in 3 games since being assigned by the Oilers, and gives him 22 on the year.
However Ottawa's farmhands stormed back with 2 goals in less than 2 minutes to steal the win and stop Springfield from snapping it's 6 game losing skid. You can hear some post game audio here.
The birds hit the road this week with 4 games in 5 nights, starting in Manchester Wednesday and ending in Toronto Sunday.