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Falcons sign Dainton, Spencer, Moon

The Springfield Falcons announced on Thursday that they have signed goaltender Paul Dainton, left wing Tim Spencer and center Nathan Moon to one-year AHL contracts for the 2012-13 season.

Dainton, a second-year pro, played in 28 games with the Falcons in 2011-12 as a rookie, posting a 13-12-1 record, a .893 save percentage, and a 3.11 goals-against average. The 25-year-old from Halifax, N.S., played in 21 games with the ECHL’s Chicago Express and Reading Royals in 2011-12 as well, combining for a 7-5-3 record (3.21, .905).

Dainton made his professional debut with Springfield at the end of the 2010-11 campaign, going 2-2-0 (2.63, .912) in five appearances.

Prior to turning pro, Dainton skated four seasons collegiately at UMass-Amherst from 2007-11, putting together a career record of 45-61-12 along with a .908 save percentage and a 2.79 GAA.

Spencer, a product of Cardiff, Sask., returns to Springfield after participating in 30 games with the Falcons in 2011-12, notching two goals and 49 penalty minutes. The 26-year-old forward has played in the AHL in each of his last four pro seasons, having also skated with the Binghamton Senators and Manitoba Moose. Spencer has totaled four points (3g, 1a) and 246 penalty minutes in 84 career AHL games.

The sixth-year pro has played in 166 ECHL games, combining for 29 points (8g, 21a) and 541 penalty minutes.

Moon, 22, skated all of his rookie campaign of 2011-12 with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, collecting 32 points (12g, 20a) and 149 penalty minutes, both fourth-best on the club, in 72 games.

A native of Belleville, Ont., Moon skated his entire major junior career with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, leading the club in scoring in the final four of his five total seasons.