HARTFORD, CT – The Springfield Thunderbirds were defeated in a shootout by the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2. The Wolf Pack snapped an eight-game losing streak in the first of 10 meetings between the I-91 Rivals.
The Thunderbirds made most of their opportunity late in the first period with a two-man advantage. Paul Thompson took the initial short-side shot at Wolf Pack goaltender Brandon Halverson. Halverson made the stop and the puck would go behind his body as Thunderbirds defenseman Brett Regner put it home to give the Thunderbirds early lead.
Matt Leitner took the loose puck from the slot and spun a backhander towards the goal. Halverson made the save as Sena Acolatse scored on the rebound with a wrist shot to go up by two goals just 31 seconds later.
The Wolf Pack cut the deficit to one goal in the second period with 5:08 remaining as right winger Nicklas Jensen poked in a pass from Justin Fontaine to score his first of two goals of the night.
Jensen tied the game in the third period with 11:33 remaining as he took a wrist shot that beat Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra glove side.
The game would remain knotted at two through the remainder of regulation and the five-minute overtime session.
Wolf Pack center Steven Fogarty scored the only goal in the shootout as the Thunderbirds could not get one past Halverson in three rounds.
The Florida Panthers the National Hockey League affiliation of the Thunderbirds announced on Wednesday that they have acquired forward Michael Sgarbossa from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for right winger Logan Shaw.
Sgarbossa has recorded two assists in nine games with the Ducks and has scored a goal with their American Hockey League affiliation the San Diego Gulls and will be assigned to the Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds travel to Utica, NY Thursday as they prepare to take on the Utica Comets on Friday night. The next home game for the Thunderbirds will be against the Providence Bruins this Saturday night at the MassMutual Center.