“I think it’s huge,” said Falcons left winger Sean Collins. “Anytime you have a good home following it just adds that intensity and energy in the building. It’s something as a player that you feed off of.”
While the Falcons lead their division and are one of the league’s best and most exciting teams, not many people have been around to see it. Among the league’s worst when it comes to attendance, the Falcons have taken it all in stride. They currently lead their division and have one of the best records in team history.
“We set our expectations high since the start of the year with how hard we compete and how hard we play,” said Falcons’ Captain Ryan Craig. “I like to think we’re in every game that we’ve played. We’ve won more than our fair share this year, and we’re just going to continue to push toward the playoffs.”
The team has to deal with a constantly rotating roster as nine players have been recalled to the team’s NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Also losing top prospects and Ryan Johansen and Cam Atkinson to the NHL makes the falcons performance this year all the more impressive.
“When we have guys go up and succeed and play well it’s a little bit of recognition of how well we’ve done down here,” said Craig. “We’re happy to see guys go up and play well.”
The Falcons are set to make the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and will look to make a serious run at this year’s Calder Cup.