BINGHAMTON, NY – The heartbreak for the Springfield Thunderbirds continues with the Binghamton Senators tying the game and then Francis Perron scoring the game-winning goal to put an execution point in the game with 57 seconds left in overtime to defeat the Thunderbirds 3-2.
Max McCormick opened the scoring after collecting a turnover from behind the Thunderbirds net. Kyle Flanagan setup the backhand to the front of the net. Jack Rodewald scored on a one-timer to put the Senators up 1-0.
The Thunderbirds responded late in the second period. Anthony Greco took a shot and hit off of Stephen MacAulay’s shoulder and went into the net with 2:01 left. It was MacAulay’s first goal since November.
Thunderbirds goaltender Mike McKenna came up big in the third period when Senators center Phil Varone had a shorthanded breakaway opportunity. McKenna denied the opportunity for Varone keeping it a tie game.
Jayce Hawryluk and Denis Malgin went on an odd man rush for the Thunderbirds. Malgin scored his first American Hockey League goal to put the Thunderbirds on top 2-1.
The Senators would put an extra attacker on the ice after pulling goaltender Matt O’Connor in the closing minutes of regulation.
After the Senators missed their opportunities on completing with the scoring chances. Jason Akeson sent the game into overtime for the Senators with a wrist shot to beat McKenna with 1:18 left in regulation to make it 2-2.
Both teams had their opportunity with scoring chances in overtime but McKenna and O’Connor just refused to let one in.
The Thunderbirds would be called for too many men on the ice with 1:20 left in overtime.
Francis Perron continued the heartbreak on the man advantage with a slapshot that beat McKenna and the Senators won 3-2 in overtime.
Matt O’Connor finished the game with 34 saves for the Senators. Mike McKenna finished with 24 saves for the Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds hope to end the heartbreak this afternoon when they take on the Toronto Marlies at the MassMutual Center. The puck will drop at 3:05 P.M.