BRIDGEPORT, CT – Kyle Rau scored his first hat trick in franchise history for the Thunderbirds as it helped capitalize against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last night at Webster Bank Arena with a 5-2 win. The Thunderbirds put an end to the Sound Tigers eight game winning streak.
Kyle Burroughs got the Sound Tigers on the board first when he scored his first goal of the year with a wrist shot that went off the arm of Thunderbirds goaltender, Reto Berra to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Thunderbirds responded quickly as Eric Robinson set-up Rau. Rau moved backhand to forehand and put it by Sound Tigers goaltender, Stephon Williams to tie the game at 1-1.
Rau scored again midway through the second period with his second goal of the evening by putting in his own rebound to go up 2-1. Sena Acolatse would receive his second assist of the evening.
The Sound Tigers answered quickly with an odd man rush. Tanner Fritz beat Berra stick side to tie the game at 2-2.
The Thunderbirds retook the lead late in the second period. Robinson would be the setup man again as he assisted Juho Lammikko. Lammikko would put the puck in the net with a quick snap shot to give the Thunderbirds the lead for good at 3-2.
Rau gave the Thunderbirds insurance and his first hat trick. Ryan Horvat‘s shot was turned away. Rau put it in with a backhand to go up 4-2.
Anthony Greco settled this game with a shorthanded and empty-net goal for the Thunderbirds to go up 5-2 late in the third period.
Berra made 25 saves in the win and ending his own five game losing streak.
These two teams will play in a rematch on Tuesday night at Webster Bank Arena at 7:00 P.M.