SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds rallied back to tie it late in regulation as the Bruins put on the heartbreak with Kenny Agostino scoring the game-winning goal six seconds into overtime 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 6,793.
Justin Hickman opened up the scoring when he fired a one-timer past Thunderbirds goaltender Evan Cowley to make it 1-0 at 9:35 in the second period.
Sam Kurker put the puck near the front of the net and Cameron Brown was able to put it past Bruins goaltender Jordan Binnington for his first professional goal to tie it at 1-1. Greg Chase was credited with the secondary assist.
The Bruins did not go away quietly to end the second period. Ryan Fitzgerald would make his way to the net and get it by Cowley with six seconds remaining. The play was under review and would come back with the call on the ice a good goal. Josh Hennessy received his second assist of the evening and Austin Czarnik also received an assist to make it 2-1.
“Its one of those ones the American Hockey League doesn’t have video (replay). Obviously, if they had video. It’s one I would’ve challenged for sure. We had one referee tonight so its a tough job for him and I gotta respect the job he did under the circumstances.” Thunderbirds head coach Geordie Kinnear said of the questionable call.
The Thunderbirds forced overtime with 2:51 remaining in regulation when Ryan Horvat was able to put it home for his third of the season to tie it at 2-2.
It would take six seconds into overtime for Kenny Agostino to end the game, when he went on an odd-man rush with Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and took a shot from the left side to put it past Cowley to win the game.
The Thunderbirds will conclude their home and home series against the Bruins this afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center with the drop of the puck at 3:05 p.m and return to home ice against the Charlotte Checkers this Friday for the puck drop at 7:05 p.m.