SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Fans of the hometown Springfield Falcons hockey team were treated to something they haven't seen in years, a playoff game.
A good size crowd packed the Mass Mutual Center as the Falcons took to the ice to play the Manchester Monarchs.
The puck dropped at 7 o'clock.
It was the first fame of the Calder Cup playoffs in the best of five Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
22News caught up with one Falcons fan who explains what the playoffs mean for a hockey franchise that struggled for so many years.
Tony Basile says, "I think a lot of the fans who haven't been here in a while are going to come back and see the playoff team. Playing hard, it's been big for the city. A lot for people are behind them. "
It was a game that kept the fans on the edge of their seats.
It went into overtime and eventually the Falcons got the win.
Final score was 2-1.
They'll host Manchester again Sunday at 4pm.