SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds will faceoff against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tonight at the MassMutual Center. The Thunderbirds took down a thrilling victory last Friday 5-3 with two goals by Dryden Hunt and Paul Thompson. Denis Malgin helped with three assists last Friday night.
Hunt was on a goal drought since December 9th. Since breaking the drought, Hunt has scored in the last four games.
The Thunderbirds will welcome two additions to the lineup this evening as part of the trade deadline. Goaltender Adam Wilcox looks like he will make his Thunderbirds debut tonight.
Wilcox was acquired by the Florida Panthers on Wednesday in exchange for goaltender Mike McKenna to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Wilcox has an 18-9-2 record with the Syracuse Crunch during the 2016-17 campaign.
Defenseman Reece Scarlett will also be one of the newest Thunderbirds to join the lineup. He was acquired in a trade from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Shane Harper.
Scarlett is in his fourth season in the American Hockey League. He has registered four goals and 17 assists for the Albany Devils during the 2016-17 year.
The Thunderbirds will face the absence of goaltender Reto Berra. Berra was called up to the Florida Panthers on an emergency basis on Friday morning.
Berra has a 12-14-2 record throughout the year with the Thunderbirds. He has a 2.53 G.AA with a .910 save percentage and three shutouts.
The Thunderbirds have called up goaltender Sam Brittain from the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL.
Brittain has a 20-9-1 record with the Monarchs this season with 3.28 G.AA and a .896 save percentage. Brittain has made one start for the Thunderbirds back on a January 25th with a 2-1 victory against the Utica Comets.
The Thunderbirds will hold Bruce Landon Legacy Night tonight. If fans arrive early, they will receive a Bruce Landon bobblehead. The puck will drop at 7:05 P.M.
The Thunderbirds will have a rare Saturday off before having their final meeting of the year with the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center on Sunday. The Bears have taken the first five meetings of the year including a 4-3 victory back at the MassMutual Center on Saturday, January 28th. The puck will drop in Hershey on Sunday at 5:00 P.M.