SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The Springfield Falcons hosted the Syracuse Crunch in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Falcons dropped Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in this best-of-seven series against the Crush with a final score of five to two, but it wasn't for lack of enthusiasm from the fans.
People came from all over western Massachusetts, and even Connecticut, to cheer on their Springfield Falcons.
Fred Provencher of Enfield, CT, told 22News, "Really excited that they're finally coming around and making the playoffs. The kids are excited that we brought them, and we're very excited for Springfield."
The teams met in the regular season and each won two games.
The success of the Falcons has put more people in the seats, but they still rank among the bottom of all AHL teams when it comes to average attendance. Something that fans say needs to change.
"I went to the Providence game, and there were more people at the Providence game, than this game. I mean it's the playoffs, where is everybody?" said Luke Gawron of Chicopee.
In the regular season, the Falcons averaged 3,906 fans, or 56.9% capacity.
For the Falcons, it's their third conference semifinals appearance in franchise history.
The puck drops Saturday night at 7:00PM at the MassMutual Center for Game 2. Whichever team wins the best-of-seven series, will advance to the finals.