SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds hope to make the month of November memorable and get away from the month of October as quickly as possible.
After a start of 1-8-1, the Thunderbirds will November’s slate of games tonight when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack at the MassMutual Center. From there, the Thunderbirds will travel to Webster Bank Arena to take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday night and complete the three-in-three set with a jaunt to XL Center Sunday to take on the Hartford Wolf Pack.
“I think what we have got 12 threes in threes. We’re going to have to learn how to play through that. We just gotta be ready,” Dryden Hunt said.
The one blessing to the dismal start for to the season is that it’s still early in the season.
“Teams are going to go through struggles throughout the year,” Thunderbirds coach Geordie Kinnear said. “You look at the National Hockey League. Teams win three games lose six. We want the mentality one game at a time. We want to get better. You only do that by coming to work every day. If you don’t come to work every day, you are not going to get better.”
Willie O’Ree will make an appearance tonight before these two teams play. O’Ree was the first African American player to play in the National Hockey League 60 years ago. He also played in Springfield for the Indians back on October 12, 1957.
The Thunderbirds announced a couple of transactions this week, as defenseman Mathieu Brodeur was released from his professional tryout agreement. Brodeur skated in seven games with the Thunderbirds and only registered one assist.
The Thunderbirds signed Tim Erixon to an American Hockey League contract. He started off the season with the Binghamton Devils and skated in five games where he received one assist.
This will be the second time Erixon has played in Springfield. He appeared in 80 games with the Springfield Falcons from 2012-14 and scored 10 goals and received 57 assists for 67 points. Overall, he has skated in a total of 256 AHL games with the Connecticut Whale, Springfield Falcons, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the Binghamton Devils scoring 20 goals and receiving 118 assists for 138 points.
Finally, the Florida Panthers announced on Friday that Denis Malgin and Chase Balisy have been sent down to the Thunderbirds.