SPRINGFIELD, MA — It was a tough for the Springfield Thunderbirds on Springfield Indians throwback night as the Providence Bruins dominated the game defeating the Thunderbirds 6-2 Saturday night at the MassMutual Center in front of a sellout crowd of 6,793.
“They capitalized on other chances. They got a couple goals early in the blue paint, and we were chasing the game,” mentioned Thunderbirds Head Coach Geordie Kinnear.
Kenny Agostino got the Bruins on the board first a little over three minutes into the first period as he put in a rebound past Thunderbirds goaltender Sam Montembeault to go up 1-0. Jordan Szwarz and Austin Czarnik were credited with the assists.
Anders Bjork extended the lead for the Bruins in only his second game on assignment as he was sent down from the Boston Bruins. Bjork scored on a one-timer with an assist from Jakob Forsbacka- Karlsson to go up 2-0 near the halfway point of the first period.
Szwarz gave the Bruins a three-goal lead a little over a minute later as he tipped in a shot from Bruins defenseman Jakub Zbroil to make it 3-0. Kenny Agostino got the lone assist.
Szwarz’s goal would be the last for Montembeault as his night came to an early end, giving up three goals on seven shots. Evan Cowley replaced Montembeault in goal for the Thunderbirds.
Anthony Greco cut into the Bruins lead with 36 seconds left in the first period as he was on a breakaway with the pass from Rob Hamilton. Greco took the shot as Bruins goaltender Jordan Binnington made the initial save, but Greco was able to score on the rebound to make it 3-1.
There was no scoring until the fourth minute of the third period when Tommy Cross gave the Bruins insurance as when he scored to extend the Bruins’ lead to 4-1. Kenny Agostino and Austin Czarnik were credited with the assists.
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson scored 1:43 after Cross’ goal to make it 5-1 for the Bruins. Anders Bjork and Ryan Fitzgerald were credited with the assists.
Jayce Hawryluk cut back into the Bruins lead with his sixth goal of the season as he beat Binnington with an assist from Rob Hamilton at 10:57 to make it 5-2.
Szwarz scored the final goal of the evening for the Bruins with his second of the game on a breakaway to make it 6-2. Austin Czarnik would receive his third assist of the night.
The Thunderbirds will start a three-game road trip beginning on Wednesday when they take on the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center. The next home game for the Thunderbirds at the MassMutual Center will be on Monday, January 15 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.