SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds swept both of their games last weekend as they beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on the road 1-0 on Friday night, the overcoming a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 in overtime on Saturday, their home opener against the St. John’s Ice Caps.
This weekend, the T-birds will play three games in three nights for the first time this season. They will play host on Friday to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, then the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday, before heading to Bridgeport for a rematch with the Sound Tigers on Sunday.
The Penguins and Thunderbirds enter the weekend in first and second place respectively in the Atlantic Division standings, while Bridgeport sits in fourth with four points.
In four games during the 2016-17 campaign, Dryden Hunt leads the Thunderbirds with three goals. Hunt and defensemen Mackenzie Weggar are tied in points with four.
The Thunderbirds have struggled on the power play through six games, having scored only one goal on 22 chances. They rank 29th on the power play overall in the AHL. They rank 21st on the penalty kill, with a 77.8 percent success rate.
Goaltender Reto Berra has been on fire early on this year. In two starts, Berra has only allowed a single goal to Bridgeport before turning around and shutting out the Penguins. He has made a total of 41 saves in his two starts, has a save percentage of .976 and ranks second in the AHL with a .50 goals against average.
Earlier this week, the team made a huge trade with the Milwaukee Admirals, shipping defenseman Adam Pardy to the Ads for defenseman Teddy Doherty, who the team assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL. The team called up Ed Wittchow from ECHL Manchester and he will likely see some ice time this weekend.
The Thunderbirds will take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this Friday night at the MassMutual Center. The puck will drop at 7:05 P.M.