Allentown, PA– The Springfield Thunderbirds for the first time in franchise history lost back to back games last night against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms by a final score 6-4. The Phantoms scored four unanswered goals in the third period.
The Thunderbirds dominated the first period as they took 21 shots on goal. They scored late in the first period as defenseman Michael Downing threw the puck at the net from the left side as right winger Logan Shaw deflected it in for his third goal of the year.
The second period started off with the Thunderbirds going on the penalty kill as the Phantoms would receive a two-man advantage. Springfield extended their lead shorthanded as center Juho Lammikko sprung defenseman Jakub Kindl who went in all alone and moved to the backhand and put it passed Phantoms goaltender Anthony Stolarz to give the Thunderbirds a 2-0 lead.
The Phantoms responded 17 seconds later as left winger Greg Carey scored on a one-timer to cut the lead to 2-1. The Phantoms tied the game as Thunderbirds defenseman Mackenzie Weggar turned the puck over as Phantoms left winger Danick Martel intercepted and scored to tie the game at 2-2.
The Thunderbirds responded late in the second period as defenseman Brett Regner took a shot on the goal as right winger Paul Thompson was credited with the goal to give the Thunderbirds a 3-2 lead.
Springfield extended their lead for the second time in the night as Tim Bozon scored his first of the year off a beautiful pass from Rihards Burkarts.
The Thunderbirds lead caught up to them in the third period as the Phantoms scored four unanswered goals.
Greg Carey scored his second goal of the night with a one-timer to cut the lead to 4-3. The Phantoms tied the game less than four minutes later when left winger Taylor Leier tipped in a shot passed Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra. Colin MacDonald scored the game winner 32 seconds later as he put it in a rebound through Berra’s legs.
Chris Conner added an empty net goal with 28 seconds left to seal the deal and the Phantoms would win against the Thunderbirds for the second time this year.
The Thunderbirds return to play against the Binghamton Senators this afternoon at the MassMutual Center at 5:05 P.M.