ALBANY, NY – The Springfield Thunderbirds concluded a home and home series with the Albany Devils last night at Times Union Center. It was deja vu all over again as this game went into overtime, only this time, the Thunderbirds responded with an overtime victory by the final score of 3-2.
The Devils got on the scoreboard first. They went on a three-on-two rush. Max Novak passed the puck to Jacob MacDonald. McDonald took a shot that went through Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra to give the Devils a 1-0 lead with 9:00 left in the first period.
Berra stopped 10 out of 11 shots in the first period. The Thunderbirds only took five shots on net in the first period.
The Thunderbirds responded when defenseman Dylan McIlrath took a one-timer with a setup from Brody Sutter. The one-timer went by Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to tie the game at 1-1.
The Devils would retake the lead a 1:35 with a power play goal. McIlrath was called for a roughing penalty. Ben Sexton scored his 11th goal of the year with a setup from Carter Camper.
For the second time in three nights, the Thunderbirds put an extra attacker out on the ice when they pulled Reto Berra in the closing minutes of the game. Thunderbirds defenseman Matt MacKenzie took a shot from the right point to tie the game at 2-2 with 52 seconds left in regulation and for the second time in three nights, the teams needed extra time to decide a winner.
The Thunderbirds settled the game 100 seconds into overtime. Shane Harper took a wrist shot that beat Devils goaltender Blackwood. It was Harper’s fifth goal of the 2016-17 campaign and his second game-winning goal in overtime.
Anthony Greco and Brody Sutter finished the game with two assists on the evening. Goaltender Reto Berra made 24 saves in the win.
The Thunderbirds will return to action at the MassMutual Center tonight when they take on the Providence Bruins. The puck will drop at 7:05 P.M.