SPRINGFIELD, MAKyle Criscuolo’s goal in the third period helped the Rochester Americans to defeat the Springfield Thunderbirds 2-1.  Thunderbirds goaltender Sam Montembeault was key for his team as he made 35 saves in the loss.

” They had a lot of shots. We had some chances. They definitely had more pop then we had in their stride. It’s a good hockey team that beat us,” Thunderbirds Head Coach Geordie Kinnear said,

Seth Griffith got the Americans on the board first as he skated down the ice and took a shot from the right side to beat Montembeault to go up 1-0. The assists went to Brendan Guhle and Casey Nelson. 

The Thunderbirds almost tied it late in the first period when Alexandre Grenier took a shot that went off the crossbar. Montembeault was busy in the first period making 12 saves.

Another missed opportunity to tie the game came late in the second when Chase Balisy was denied by Americans goaltender Linus Ullmark with the right pad save.

Kyle Criscuolo extended the lead for the Americans 7:18 into the period when he took the backhand beat Montembeault to make it 2-0. C.J. Smith and Zach Redmond were credited with the assists on the goal.

Maxime Fortunus cut into the lead when he scored on a rebound by a shot from Ludwig Bystrom and able to put it in past Ullmark to make it 2-1. Blaine Byron was also credited with an assist.

Ullmark made 18 saves in the win for the Americans as now have won their seventh straight and the Thunderbirds have lost three in a row.

The Thunderbirds will host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers tonight at the MassMutual Center.

“They’re physical. They play heavy. Their (defenseman) can skate. Gotta clean up a few things. We have to have the puck more then we did tonight,” Kinnear said.

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