ALBANY, NY- Thomas Schemitsch scored his first professional shootout goal and goaltender Adam Wilcox’s 28 save performance helped the Springfield Thunderbirds get past the Albany Devils 2-1 in a shootout last night at Times Union Center, extending Springfield’s winning streak to four games.
Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood was challenged in the first period as the Thunderbirds took 12 shots on goal, compared to the 19 shots on goal in the entire game from Springfield the last time these two teams met back on January 13th. The Thunderbirds did get a power play opportunity and got one shot on Blackwood as the Devils rank second in the penalty kill were able to kill off the Thunderbirds opportunity.
Ryan Kujawinski would receive his second penalty of the game for the Devils and the Thunderbirds would take advantage of it. Chase Balisy would score his 13th of the year, stuffing home a loose puck with a scrum in front of the Devils net.
After stellar defensive play from both teams, Jared MacDonald tied the game for the Devils with 6:09 left in regulation to tie it at 1-1.
Brian Gibbons almost scored the game-winning goal for the Devils but Kyle Rau made the save of the game for the Thunderbirds by taking the puck from the goal line only inches before it went in.
The game could not be settled in overtime so it was onto the shootout. Neither team could score in five rounds. It was Thomas Schemitsch that put an execution on this game with his first professional shootout goal, going backhand to forehand to beat Blackwood. Max Novak tried to extend the game for the Devils but was denied by Wilcox to give the Thunderbirds their fourth straight win.
The Thunderbirds will travel to Providence on Saturday to take on the Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center for a 7:00 P.M puck drop. They will end the three-in-three on Sunday when the Albany Devils come to the MassMutual Center for the final time for a 3:00 puck drop.