PROVIDENCE, RI- The Springfield Thunderbirds fell victim to another hat trick for the second time over the weekend, as their struggles continued. Noel Acciari’s hat trick lifted the Providence Bruins to a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
Tommy Cross wasted no time to get Providence on the board burying a shot past Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra on the power play to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead
Acciari would score a pair of goals in the second period. Anton Blidh took a shot that rang off the crossbar and Acciari put home the rebound by Berra to go up 2-0. Acciari would score again almost four minutes later, deflecting a shot from Ben Marshall that went over Berra’s shoulder to go up 3-0.
The Thunderbirds would respond with a goal in the third period. Mike Downing would beat Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban to make it 3-1, but that would be all the offense the Thunderbirds could muster on this day.
The Thunderbirds received a couple power play chances in the final frame, giving them a chance to get back in the game. The Bruins’ penalty kill and Subban were just too much for the Thunderbirds, killing those chances.
Acciari would seal the deal and the hat trick for the Bruins in the closing seconds of regulation with six seconds left to put the Bruins up 4-1 and ice the game for his club. This was the second hat trick allowed by the Thunderbirds on the weekend, as Adam Tambellini scored a hat trick for the Hartford Wolf Pack in Springfield’s loss on Friday night.
The Thunderbirds hope to turn it around when the Utica Comets come back to town on Friday when the puck drops at 7:05 P.M. at the MassMutual Center. They will also play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday, then round out the weekend playing their I-91 rival, the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday.