PROVIDENCE, RI – Noel Acciari‘s first period goal and Jake DeBrusk‘s third period goal lifted the Providence Bruins past the Springfield Thunderbirds by a final score of 3-1 last night at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
In the last two meetings between these two teams, the Thunderbirds almost went a full 60 minutes without giving up a goal.
The Bruins took the lead early when Alex Grant took a wrist shot to beat Thunderbirds goaltender, Reto Berra to go up 1-0 at 9:15 of the first period.
The Thunderbirds responded when Juho Lammikko and Sena Acolatse dug the puck out and Mike Downing took a shot from the point that went by Bruins goaltender, Malcolm Subban to tie it at 1-1.
The Bruins would end the Thunderbirds hopes of winning this game by taking control.
Tyler Randall took a shot on Berra and he made the save. The rebound was in the slot and Acciari took a shot when the net came off as Berra fell. The officials would review it and call it a goal as the Bruins went up 2-1.
There was no scoring in the second period.
Both goalies would have to come big for their teams. Berra made two point blank saves from shots by Matt Grzelcyk and Wayne Simpson
DeBrusk added insurance for the Bruins in the third period on an odd man rush with Danton Heinen. DeBrusk put in a wrist shot past Berra to go up 3-1.
The Thunderbirds will head to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers tonight and on Tuesday. These two games are crucial for the Thunderbirds if they want to gain some ground. The Sound Tigers hold that final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division by 14 points.
The puck will drop at the Webster Bank Arena at 7:05 P.M.