SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Thunderbirds only have nine games remaining in their 2016-17 campaign as this weekend they will take to the ice at the MassMutual Center tonight against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and tomorrow night against the Providence Bruins.
The Penguins are the number one team overall in the American Hockey League, with a record of 46-18-3-0 (95 points.) The battle for first place is tight as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are five points behind the Penguins for first place. It will be the final meeting of the year between these two teams. In the last meeting back on February 18th, Juho Lammikko scored the game-winning goal and Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra made 34 saves in the 2-1 victory. Berra is now up with the Florida Panthers.
The Providence Bruins will come to town tomorrow night. The Bruins are in a playoff in the Atlantic Division as they are tied with the Hershey Bears for third place. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are knocking on the door as they are three points behind both teams. In the last meeting, the Bruins took down the 4-2 win at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence back on March 18th.
NOTES: A couple of transactions were announced on Thursday. Thunderbirds goaltender Adam Wilcox was called up on an emergency basis. In a corresponding transaction, they have called up goaltender Colin Stevens from the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL.
The puck will drop each night at 7:05 P.M.