SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds ended a seven-game losing streak, defeating the Providence Bruins last night at the MassMutual Center with the final score of 3-2 in overtime.
The Thunderbirds dominated the first period outshooting the Bruins 10-3. Thunderbirds defenseman Sena Acolatse picked up a feed from defenseman Ian McCoshen and took a wrist shot that went past Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban to give the Thunderbirds the early lead.
The Bruins responded with two goals in the second period. Wayne Simpson tied the game 2:32 into the second period with a backhand goal on a setup from Danton Heinen to Peter Mueller. Mueller put a pass to Simpson for the goal on the power play. He gave his team the lead when defenseman Matt Grzelcyk took a shot and Mueller put in the rebound with a backhander past Thunderbirds goaltender Mike McKenna.
Thunderbirds center Jared McCann made the long pass on with right winger Paul Thompson and put a one-timer on the power play past Subban to tie the game at 2-2. McKenna made 12 saves in the third period denying the Bruins scoring chances.
Bruins defenseman Rob O’Gara almost ended the game in regulation as he took a shot that went off the crossbar.
Thunderbirds left winger Shane Harper put an execution on this game 2:32 into overtime when Mike Sgarbossa setup a play to Acolatse and fired a backhand pass to Harper coming off the bench, who would put it in the net and end the losing streak.
The Thunderbirds have not won a game since November 12th against the Binghamton Senators. Sgarbossa talked about the end to the losing streak.
“We needed that especially when you’re playing a division team. Its always a huge game and huge points. It took overtime to get it done but hopefully we can build on that and keep things rolling.” Sgarbossa said.
The Thunderbirds and Bruins will finish off a home and home series as they head to the Dunkin Donuts Center to play the Bruins this afternoon, starting a four-game road trip with stops in Hartford on Wednesday and two games in St. John’s, Newfoundland against the Ice Caps next weekend.
The next home game for the Thunderbirds will be Friday, December 16th against the Binghamton Senators at 7:05 P.M.