Falcons take Game 1 in overtime
Andrew Joudrey's goal 2:21 into overtime gave the Springfield Falcons a 3-2 road win over the Providence Bruins in the opening game of the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Falcons take a 1-0 series lead home with them for Game 2 on Friday and Game 3 on Saturday.
Joudrey took a touch pass from Dana Tyrell coming through the neutral zone and snapped a shot past Niklas Svedberg for the second playoff overtime goal of his AHL career.
David Warsofsky opened the scoring with a long drive on a Providence power play 13:41 into the first period.
Jean-Francois Jacques and Ryan Craig answered in the second period, giving the Falcons a 2-1 lead.
Ryan Spooner scored the equalizer for the Bruins with 12:17 left in regulation.
Mike McKenna made 35 saves in net for Springfield, earning the victory in his first postseason action since 2010.
Svedberg finished with 31 stops for Providence.
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Series “B” (best-of-5)
2-Springfield Falcons vs. 7-Providence Bruins
Game 1 – Wed., Apr. 23 – Springfield 3, PROVIDENCE 2 (OT)
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 25 – Providence at Springfield, 7:00
Game 3 – Sat., Apr. 26 – Providence at Springfield, 7:00
*Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 29 – Springfield at Providence, 7:05
*Game 5 – Sat., May 3 – Providence at Springfield, 7:00
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