HARTFORD, CT – The Springfield Thunderbirds ended the November slate of games on a positive note as Jayce Hawryluk scored the game-winning goal in the second period to defeat the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-1 last night at the XL Center. With the win, the Thunderbirds moved into seventh place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division.
“It was a huge two points for us. Going on to the road trip this weekend, we needed that. Get some momentum. I thought we took the second period off tonight. I thought in the third period we locked things down,” Hawryluk said.
The Wolf Pack took advantage of getting on the board first when Anthony DeAngelo fired a shot that deflected off of Adam Tambellini. Gabriel Fontaine was able to put in the rebound past Thunderbirds goaltender Harri Sateri to go up 1-0 with 8:02 remaining in the first period.
The Thunderbirds biggest scoring chance came in the first period when Curtis Valk had the chance with the backhand but missed the net.
Springfield tied the game 31 seconds into the second period when Alexandre Grenier fired a pass to Maxim Mamin, who was able to put the shot in past Wolf Pack goaltender Alexandar Georgiev to level the game at 1.
Jayce Hawryluk gave the Thunderbirds the lead for good when he unleashed a wrist shot that went over Georgiev’s shoulder to give the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead a little over nine minutes into the second period. Juho Lammikko was credited with an assist after scoring the faceoff win.
The Thunderbirds got their insurance goal from Ed Wittchow a little over three minutes into the third period when he was able to pot the rebound from a Maxime Fortunus shot to make it 3-1. Blaine Byron was also credited with the secondary assist.
Thunderbirds goaltender Harri Sateri made 26 saves in the win while Wolf Pack goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 16 saves in the loss.
The Thunderbirds will head to Charlotte for a pair of games this weekend to take on the Checkers on Friday and Sunday.
“Clearly we’ve been turning this ship around and we have been solid the last eight games I’d say. I think we have been in every single game. We’ve won a lot of games,” Hawryluk said.
The Thunderbirds will be back on home ice at the MassMutual Center next Friday night, December 8 when the Rochester Americans come to town.