SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds three-game winning streak came to an end last night at the MassMutual Center as they were defeated by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5-1. Sound Tigers goaltender Christopher Gibson made 27 saves on 28 shots in the win. Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra made 25 saves on 30 shots in the loss.
In the first period, the Thunderbirds would have their scoring chances with registering the first seven shots in the game, with Gibson denying all chances including a breakaway from Thunderbirds forward Paul Thompson. Carter Verhaeghe would score on a rebound chance on the power play that got passed Berra to give the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead. Berra would deny a slap shot from left winger Ross Johnston with a glove save in the closing seconds of the first period.
The Sound Tigers started out by dominating the second period with a pair of breakaway chances. Berra came up with a pad save on Sound Tigers right winger Josh Ho-Sang and left winger Michael Dal Colle would get an opportunity but missed the net.
The Sound Tigers would get their second power play goal of the night as Steve Bernier went top-shelf with a snap shot to give the Sound Tigers a two-goal advantage.
Heading into the third period, the Sound Tigers were not done as Kellen Jones would extend the lead for the Sound Tigers as he intercepted a pass and beat Berra stick side to make it 3-0. Dal Colle scored on a two-on-one with a pass from Ho-Sang to extend the lead to 4-0. Bracken Kearns scored the final Sound Tigers goal of the night and extended his point night to three as he scored on a backhander to go up 5-0.
The Thunderbirds had been struggling on the power play but were able to get a marker during a 5-on-3 advantage. Brett Regner took a point shot and Logan Shaw tipped it in for his first goal of the year to make it 5-1. The Thunderbirds had six opportunities on the power play and converted on one.
The Thunderbirds will try to rebound tonight as they take on the Wiles-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the MassMutual Center. The puck will drop at 7:05.