PROVIDENCE, RI – The franchise-long five-game winning streak came to an for the Springfield Thunderbirds Sunday afternoon as the Providence Bruins shutout the Thunderbirds 3-0 at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
There was no scoring in the first period, although the Bruins would get a huge opportunity in the first period. Danton Heinen would come in all alone on Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra. Berra denied Heinen the opportunity when he slid his pad to the left. The Thunderbirds saw a scoring opportunity when Zane McIntyre came out of the crease to see the puck go into the corner of the boards. Juho Lammikko came to the net and the puck bounced and went wide.
Penalties would come to haunt the Thunderbirds in the second period, as the Bruins earned a five-on-three power play. The Bruins scored their first goal of the game on their 28th shot. Joe Morrow put in a wrist shot past Berra to go up 1-0. Berra stopped 17 out of 18 shots in the second period.
The Thunderbirds received a power play chance late in the second period. The power play would come to an end for the Thunderbirds as they took another penalty late in the period.
Matt Grzelcyk extended the lead for the Bruins with a slap shot to go up 2-0 9:38 into the third period. Colton Hargrove gave the Bruins insurance when he put one in past Berra with less than five minutes left to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
Berra did set a franchise record for the Thunderbirds making 39 saves in the game.
The Thunderbirds will be back in action this Wednesday when they head to the XL Center to take on their I-91 Rival the Hartford Wolf Pack. The puck will drop at 7:00 P.M.