Story courtesy of MassLive.com
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Falcons were playing their third game in three days, and facing not only the best team in the Eastern Conference but a reasonably rested one at that.
But just when it looked as if a busy weekend would end on a flat note, the Falcons sprang back to life, claiming a 3-2 overtime win over Manchester at the MassMutual Center on Sunday.
In back-to-back games, looming defeat was turned into victory thanks to late goals. There is plenty of talent on this team, but also, there is character.
“Pretty exciting. We’re a winning team, I’m really proud of it and we just want to keep it going,” said Falcons’ forward Trent Vogelhuber, who scored the winner at 3:59 of overtime.
In a season marked by any number of thrilling finishes, this one might have been the best. Given Manchester’s place atop the Eastern Conference standings, it might have topped the events of Saturday night, when a goal in the final 1:29 of regulation set up Springfield’s 4-3 shootout win over Worcester.
The Falcons broke a tie with idle Syracuse and claimed sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division. They have 50 points, one fewer than Manchester, who claimed one point Sunday and has 51 to lead the Eastern Conference.
For most of the third period, it looked like this one just wasn’t meant to be. That changed when Josh Anderson tied it at 2-2 with 2:38 left in regulation, beating goalie Patrik Bartosek to the top corner from the slot.
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