SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds made it two wins in a row as they beat the Binghamton Senators 3-1 last night at the MassMutual Center. Thunderbirds goaltender Reto Berra made 35 saves in the game.
Berra denied all nine shots the Senators took in the first period include a breakaway by Mike Blunden when the Thunderbirds were on the power play.
Berra’s best save of the night came in the second period when he laid on the crease and made the pad save on Senators right winger Jason Akeson.
The Thunderbirds would get on the board with 6:28 remaining in the second period when Greg McKegg made a quick pass to Jared McCann on the left side, who fired a shot from the faceoff dot to give the Thunderbirds 1-0 lead on the power play.
The Thunderbirds added insurance in the second period. Greg McKegg took a snap shot and beat Senators goaltender Matt O’Connor to go up 2-0 lead late in the second period.
The Senators tried to execute on their scoring chances in the third period, but Berra proved to be too much for the Senators. Senators center Kyle Flanagan scored from the right side to beat Berra with 4:29 remaining in regulation.
The game came down to the final three minutes with the Senators trying to get the equalizer but Berra and the Thunderbirds defense denied all the Senators chances.
McKegg added an empty net goal to his three point night.
Jared McCann talked about getting the first goal of the game on the power play.
“It was nice. We had a lot of power play chances to be in the game. It was nice to convert on one,” McCann said.
Reto Berra was strong throughout the game for the Thunderbirds making some key saves in leading his team to the win last night.
“What can I say?? I made some key saves today. The guys helped me. I had some rebounds. You need luck too when you have 36 shots sometimes and was luck there today too,” Berra said.
The Thunderbirds will play two more games on the road tonight and tomorrow against the WB/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears. The Thunderbirds will then go into the Christmas Break and will return to action the Tuesday after Christmas.