BRIDGEPORT, CT – The Springfield Thunderbirds responded after losing 5-1 to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the MassMutual Center on Friday night with a 2-0 shutout victory at Webster Bank Arena Sunday afternoon. Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra earned his second shutout in four starts with a 28 save performance.
In the first period, Juho Lammikko scored his first professional goal as Anthony Greco used his speed and knocked the stick out of Sound Tigers goaltender Stephon Williams hand and Lammikko crashed the center lane and put it in the empty net to give the Thunderbirds the early lead. Greco got an assist on Lammikko’s goal.
Early in the second period, Reto Berra made a save after an error he made when he turned the puck over on a pass in the middle of the ice. He would recover and make a pad save off of a wrist shot by Sound Tigers left winger Andrew Rowe. For the seventh time this year and the second time in the period, the Springfield Thunderbirds got a two-man advantage. With three opportunities on the power play, the Thunderbirds took six shots but could not respond with a power play goal.
In the third period, Berra was just dominating as he made two huge saves off of defensemen Scott Mayfield with a deflection and a rebound. The Sound Tigers got a two-man advantage with 3:04 remaining in regulation. Berra made a spectacular save when he denied Rowe in the final minute. Logan Shaw added an insurance goal and his second goal of the season with an empty-net goal with 1.7 seconds remaining.
The next game for the Springfield Thunderbirds will be on Friday night at the MassMutual Center when they take on the Hershey Bears at 7:05.