SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson had a three-point night, while Providence Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre had a 24-save shutout as the Springfield Thunderbirds finished out their home schedule in front of a sellout crowd at the MassMutual Center Saturday night.
“I liked definitely the start of the game, 5-on-5 we were really good. I think they had two goals on four shots. Kind of chasing the game after that and we just chased it the whole night,” Thunderbirds Head Coach Geordie Kinnear said.
“Well, we weren’t happy with the way we played last night (Friday). We had spurts. We were looking for a response. I thought our goalie was pretty good early. I thought Springfield had some chances. We started to find our game in the middle marker of the first period and responded the right way.” Providence Bruins Head Coach Jay Leach said.
Jack Studnicka got the Bruins on the board with his first professional goal on the power play after capitalizing on a rebound from a Tommy Cross shot to make it 1-0.
The Bruins doubled their lead later in the period as Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Adam Payerl finsihed a shorthanded 2-on-1 break. Payerl made the pass from the right side to Forsbacka Karlsson and was able to beat Thunderbirds goaltender Sam Montembeault to make it 2-0 for his 14th goal of the season.
Payerl extended the lead almost three minutes into the second period when he scored the power play on a wrist shot to make it 3-0.
Forsbacka Karlsson scored his second goal of the evening with the backhand to make it 4-0. It would end the night for Montembeault as Harri Sateri came into the game. Montembeault faced 12 shots while only making eight saves.
Kenny Agostino scored the final goal of the night for the Bruins. Forsbacka Karlsson setup Agostino from the right side and he was able to put it in with a one-timer to make it 5-0.
Thunderbirds goaltender Harri Sateri made 16 saves in replacement of Montembeault.
McIntyre made 24 saves an earned his seventh shutout of the season.
“I guess that’s the biggest thing this time of year is make the saves that you are supposed to make. Maybe rob a couple here and there too.” McIntyre said. When discussing the key to the Bruins’ playoff success, McIntyre said: “Just play our game. Know what we can do offensively, defensively and know our strengths and speeds.”
These two teams will meet again this afternoon in the regular season finale at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.