Springfield picked up four points right off the bat on Friday night when they defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 in a shootout as they completed the Feb. 17 game that was suspended because of Wade MacLeod's seizure on the ice. Jonathan Audy Marchassault's spinning tally during the shootout earned a spot on ESPN's SportsCenter's top 10 plays for Friday.
After a brief intermission and warmup, they dominated the Phantoms in the regularly scheduled game by a score of 7-2, getting goals from seven different players led by Sean Collins, who registered a three-point night.
On Saturday, the Falcons won another shootout over the Providence Bruins, once again behind Audy-Marchessault, who potted the winning score in the shootout after Collins put Springfield ahead. Allen York, who finished off the suspended game on Friday, earned the win with 20 saves. He also has yet to allow a goal in the shootout this season.
Curtis McElhinney's shutout, which tied Manny Legace's record for most in a career by a Falcons netminder and most in a season by a Springfield AHL team, lifted Springfield to its fourth win in three nights. Marcel Paille had eight shutouts in one season for the Springfield Indians during the 1960-1961 season.
Tomas Kubalik and Ryan Russell had the tallies for the Falcons, who tied the Syracuse Crunch for first place in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand. They also have a 14-point lead in the Northeast Division.
This weekend marked the first time since the 2005-2006 season that a team earned eight points in three days. The Peoria Rivermen were the last to do so, winning four games from Dec. 2 to 4, 2005.