BINGHAMTON, NY- The story for the Thunderbirds this season is goaltender Reto Berra. Berra had another stellar performance recording 31 saves and receiving his AHL-leading third shutout of the young season, as the Thunderbirds defeated the Binghamton Senators 4-0 last night.
The Thunderbirds scored first for the second straight night as left winger Tim Bozon made a pass and it deflected off a Senators skate and into the net to give them the early lead.
The Thunderbirds scored went up by two goals three minutes later when Paul Thompson scored on the power play, banking the puck off of Senators defenseman Andreas Englund and past by Senators goaltender Matt O’Connor. Jakub Kindl and Brett Regner received two assists in the first period.
The Thunderbirds added to their lead in the second period when defenseman Mackenzie Weggar scored on a one-timer to go up 3-0. It was Weggar’s first goal since scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the St. John’s Ice Caps back on October 22nd.
Berra’s save of the night came in the final minute of the second period. Berra sprawled out and made a diving save off of Senators center Kyle Flanagan.
Ryan Horvat added an empty net goal in the third period. Kindl received an assist on Horvat’s goal as he finished the night with three assist.
Earlier in the day, Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced yesterday that they have assigned forward Shane Harper to the Thunderbirds after the Panthers claimed forward Seth Griffith off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Harper has played 14 games with the Panthers during the 2016-17 campaign registering two goals and an assist.
The Thunderbirds will play against the Rochester Americans this afternoon at the MassMutual Center at 3:05 P.M.