SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds will be back in for another three games in three nights after getting three out of eight points in four games last week.
The Thunderbirds hope to rebound after two heartbreaking losses over the weekend losing 1-0 to the Providence Bruins with 16 seconds left in regulation on Saturday night. On Monday, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms came back with three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Thunderbirds in regulation 4-3.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will make a visit to the MassMutual Center tonight for the second meeting between these two teams in 16 days. The Thunderbirds took the win in a shootout against National Hockey League goaltender Jaroslav Halak 3-2.
The Thunderbirds will travel to Binghamton, NY to take on the Senators for the fourth and final meeting of the 2016-17 campaign on Saturday night. The Thunderbirds have won the two of the three meetings this season. The two teams last met at the MassMutual Center back on December 16th that included a 3-1 victory for the Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds will round out the weekend with a Sunday matinee against the Toronto Marlies. It will be the first meeting in franchise history for both teams.
Kasperi Kapanen, son of former National Hockey League player Sami Kapanen, has registered a point in every game he has played in during the 2016-17 year. Kapanen has 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points.
Sami logged in 831 NHL regular season games between the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, and the Philadelphia Flyers in 13 years. He registered 189 goals and 269 assists for 458 points and played in 87 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs games registering 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points.
The Marlies also have NHL veteran Brooks Laich, who has played in 16 games for the Marlies during the 2016-17 campaign, registering a goal and five assists. Laich logged in 14 NHL seasons between the Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played a total of 764 regular season games registering 134 goals and 197 assists for 331 points. He played in 65 Stanley Cup playoff games registering 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points.
Former Springfield Falcons goaltender Kari Ramo is on the Toronto Marlies.
Ramo has just three starts this season and is yet to win a game. He has a goals against average of 3.80 and a save percentage of .881.
TRANSACTION WIRE: It was a busy week for the Thunderbirds with transactions.
On Wednesday, the Thunderbirds called up defenseman Thomas Schemitsch from the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL. He is the youngest player to dress in a Thunderbirds uniform. So far this season, Schemeitsch has played in 18 games, registering two assists.
Thursday, Reto Berra was called up to the Florida Panthers and the parent club sent down forward Denis Malgin to the Thunderbirds. Malgin has played in 39 games during the 2016-17 season with the Panthers, registering four goals and four assists.
Berra has a 9-8-2 record with the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 campaign with a 2.24 goals against average and a .918 save percentage with three shutouts.
The Thunderbirds called up goaltender Sam Brittain from the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL. This is Brittain’s second call up of the year but has yet to see action with the Thunderbirds. Brittain has a 17-5-0 record with the Monarchs during the 2016-17 season with a .907 save percentage and a 2.77 goals against average.
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