WILKES-BARRE, PA – The Springfield Thunderbirds concluded their first three-game road trip with a 2-1-0 record after a 1-0 win over the WB/Scranton Penguins last night.
Ryan Horvat broke through some tight neutral zone checking to gain the left-wing side of the offensive zone. As he was being marked closely, he wristed a soft roller toward the crease. Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry attempted to push the rebound into the near side corner, but accidentally caromed it into his own goal, as it bounced off the inside of his leg pad.would score his first goal of the season & the game-winning goal in the first period as he would take a wrist shot and it beat WB/Scranton Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry. Anthony Greco would get an assist on Horvat’s goal.
The star of the night was Springfield Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra as he made 23 saves in the game, en route to the giving the team the fist shut out in their history. Berra made incredible saves in the third period after a point blank shot from Penguins defensemen Kevin Potter and with one last chance from defensemen Chad Ruhwedel with the Penguins goaltender pulled. Ruhwedel would take a shot and Berra stopped the puck after a re-direction as time would run out.
It was announced yesterday afternoon that the Florida Panthers have call-up Thunderbirds forward Kyle Rau.
Rau has played in two games with the Thunderbirds this year. He did not register any points in the two games he played.
The Thunderbirds look to continue their winning streak as they will play their inaugural home opener against the St. John’s Ice Caps tonight at the MassMutual Center.
The Ice Caps are coming into Springfield after defeating the Providence Bruins last night 4-1. Ice Caps goaltender Charlie Lindgren had a stellar performance by making 50 saves. The Ice Caps would snap a three-game losing streak.
The puck will drop at 7:05 tonight in front of a sold out crowd at the MassMutual Center. Fans can attend the Thunderbirds tailgate party on Court Street in Springfield from 4:00-6:00 P.M.