PROVIDENCE, RI – The Springfield Thunderbirds tried to sweep the home-and-home set with the Providence Bruins this afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Bruins responded with a 2-1 win in overtime. The Thunderbirds received a point in the loss and have won only three of their last 13 games.

The Sunday matinee began tentatively as the two teams combined for less than 10 shots in the first 10 minutes. The Bruins picked up the first salvo on this night at the 7:24 mark of the opening period at even strength.
Matt Grzelcyk jumped up into the rush on the left side, circled the net and much like Sena Acolatse‘s overtime-winning pass last night, he spun a backhand feed from the far circle toward the slot. It ticked off a skate before finding Zac Rinaldo off the bench, and the agitator beat Mike McKenna with a snapper to give Providence the 1-0 edge.
After Rinaldo’s goal, the Thunderbirds only allowed one shot the rest of the period.

In the second, Thunderbirds center Mike Sgarbossa extended his point streak to six games after scoring on the man advantage with Sena Acolatse and Shane Harper connecting on two short passes. Harper put a shot through and Sgarbossa put it in with a one-timer.

The Thunderbirds outshot the Bruins 16-5 in the third period. Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre kept his team in the game. McIntyre finished the game with 38 saves. Former Springfield Falcons defenseman Alex Grant ended the game 2:39 into free hockey, when he fired a wrist shot that went over McKenna and into the upper half of the net.

Prior to the game on Sunday, the Florida Panthers announced that Thunderbirds right winger Paul Thompson has been called-up to the NHL club. Thompson has played in 20 games during the 2016-17 campaign for the Thunderbirds leading the team with 15 points and three power-play goals.

The Thunderbirds will continue their four road game trip when they take on their I-91 rival, the Hartford Wolf Pack, on Wednesday night at the XL Center at 7:00 P.M. and will conclude their road trip next weekend in St. John’s, Newfoundland against the Ice Caps.

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