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Falcons' end Kinkaid's win streak

Falcons' end Kinkaid's win streak

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice Friday, helping the Springfield Falcons to a 5-3 AHL victory over

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice Friday, helping the Springfield Falcons to a 5-3 AHL victory over the Albany Devils at the MassMutual Center.

The win gave the Falcons a two-point lead over the Devils for first place in the Northeast Division. The loss snapped Devils goalie and former Union College standout Keith Kinkaid’s six-game winning streak, which matched a franchise record.

Marchessault gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal 2:03 into the game. Dalton Smith made us 2-0 with 6:25 left in the first period.

The Falcons made it a three-goal lead when Ryan Craig scored 17 seconds into the second period. The Devils fought back to cut the lead to 3-2 by the end of the period on goals by Reid Boucher and ex-Dutchmen Kelly Zajac.

Marchessault gave Springfield a 4-2 advantage on the power play at 5:46 of the third period. Tim Sestito pulled Albany back to within one with 7:55 left, but Cody Bass’ empty-goal with 37 seconds remaining sealed the Falcons’ win.

Albany 0 2 1 — 3

Springfield 2 1 2 — 5

First Period — 1, Springfield, Marchessault 2 (Craig, Parlett), 2:03 (pp). 2, Springfield, Smith 1 (Aleardi), 13:35. Penalties — Scarlett, Alb (hooking), 1:44; Parlett, Spr (cross-checking), 7:09; Hoeffel, Alb (hooking), 9:23; Sestito, Alb (slashing), 14:29.

Second Period — 3, Springfield, Craig 2 (Hansen, Joudrey), :17. 4, Albany, Boucher 7 (Sislo, Burlon), 3:00. 5, Albany, Zajac 2 (Matteau, Boucher), 16:31 (pp). Penalties — Albany bench, served by Pesonen too many men), 3:51; Parlett, Spr (interference), 9:59; Goloubef, Spr (cross-checking), 16:06.

Third Period — 6, Springfield, Marchessault 3 (Parlett, McNeill), 5:46 (pp). 7, Albany, Sestito 3 (Scarlett, Whitney), 12:05. 8, Springfield, St. Denis 3 (Bass), 19:23 (en). Penalties — Hoeffel, Alb (roughing), 5:27; Scarlett, Alb (slashing), 16:52.

Shots on Goal — Albany 4-10-8 — 22. Springfield 9-4-10 — 23.

Power-play opportunities-Albany 1 of 3; Springfield 2 of 6.

Goalies — Albany, Kinkaid 7-2-1 (22 shots-18 saves). Springfield, Smith 7-1-1 (22-19).

A — 2,798. T — 2:29

Referee — Keith Kaval. Linesmen — Jim Briggs, Chris Low.

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