Just as importantly, the Falcons seem to have not only discovered, but relished their individual roles. While the first line has been busy lighting up the scoreboard, other forwards are buzzing in all three zones, winning 50/50 pucks and forechecking like madmen. The quartet on defense (Mike Disciullo, Kevin Anderson, Shea Doyle and Stephen Ganley) are chipping pucks out of the zone and playing smart, physical hockey, and Taylor has made all the saves he’s needed to make.
“The last few weeks, we’ve really been on the guys to simply do your job. Find what you’re best at and do it,” said Strangie. “If you’re a scorer, go score. If you’re a grinder, then grind the best you can. Everyone is buying in.”
“It’s really the first time all season,” added head coach Kevin Brown, “that they’ve expanded their energy to focus. It’s a feeling you have when the practices are crisp, jobs are done right, little things like pucks are picked up and water bottles are filled ... everyone is just focused on what we need to do to ultimately win.”
Three goals in the first 7 minutes of 15 seconds of action last night certainly benefitted the Falcons’ cause last night.
Buchanan got the ball rolling with his first shift tally, and Strangie made it 2-0 on the power play at 4:07, screening C-C goaltender Ranger Beguelin and having teammate Adam Merry’s shot go off of him and into the net. Another power play strike, this one by Couto, swelled the lead to three; he adroitly tipped Disciullo’s rocket from the right point out of mid-air and past Beguelin at the far post.
Couto leads the team in scoring with 26 goals and 10 assists for 36 points. Eleven of those points have come in the playoffs.