SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Anthony Greco scored two goals and goaltender Harri Sateri made 39 saves to earn his third shutout of the season as the Thunderbirds snapped a six-game losing streak last night at the MassMutual Center.
“I thought it was a good game. I thought everyone again started on time and everyone was going including Harri (Sateri), who had a great game. I thought the power play gave us momentum early too,” Thunderbirds head coach Geordie Kinnear said.
Bobby Farnham scored his tenth goal of the season for the Thunderbirds as he came through on the right side and put a wrist shot that went over the blocker of Sound Tigers goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to go up 1-0.
The Thunderbirds penalty kill was on it last night as they went for 6-for-6 including killing a 5-on-3 power play for Bridgeport that started near the end of the first period and started at the beginning of the second period.
The Thunderbirds continue to carry the momentum in the second period. A goal was scored by Joel Lowry but was waived off as Curtis Valk interfered with Gudlevskis.
Francois Beauchemin responded a minute later when he put one past Gudlevskis for his fifth goal of the season to make it 2-0.
Chase Balisy made a centering pass to Anthony Greco and put a shot from the right side past Gudlevskis for his first goal of the evening and his team-leading 27th goal of the season to make it 3-0.
Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson called a timeout to settle the momentum down but it was too much as the Thunderbirds continued to pour the offense on.
Greco scored his second goal of the game when a loose puck was near the net and put it to make it 4-0. It was Greco’s 28th goal of the season.
Alex Grenier capped off the night of scoring for the Thunderbirds when he scored his 17th goal of the season on the power play with a one-timer to make it 5-0.
Farnham told reporters after the game he felt like though the team has been eliminated from playoff contention, they have not checked out on the season:
“I think we’ve been in a lot of games lately and I think we’ve done a lot of good things and sometimes you don’t get the right bounces and sometimes you don’t get the result but finally put it all together tonight,” Farnham said.
Thunderbirds goaltender Harri Sateri earned his third shutout of the season with a 39-save performance.
“I think we were pretty smart today. We played smart hockey. We didn’t turn the puck over too much. The guys were just boxing out and blocking shots. I saw pretty much every shot. It made my job easy.” Sateri said.
The Thunderbirds will end the weekend when they welcome the Utica Comets tonight to the MassMutual Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.