SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds winning streak came to an end at five as the Binghamton Devils scored five unanswered goals that included two from Michael Kapla and Kevin Rooney to win 5-3 Friday night at the MassMutual Center.
“A 3-0 lead, but I didn’t think it was a three to nothing game at that point. I think we did. (We) didn’t play the right, two breakdowns defensively. We’re not gonna be able to score five goals every night to win hockey games. We got to be able to lock it down defensively,” Thunderbirds Head Coach Geordie Kinnear said.
The Thunderbirds scored three unanswered goals quickly. Rob Hamilton would setup Chase Balisy and Balisy was able to tap it in past Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to make it 1-0. Mikkel Aagaard received the secondary assist.
Alex Grenier extended the lead for the Thunderbirds with a beautiful goal as he was able to use the backhand put it over the shoulder of Blackwood to make it 2-0.
Juho Lammikko scored for the Thunderbirds to go up 3-0 with the pass from Grenier to the left side to put it past Blackwood. Maxim Mamin received the secondary assist.
The Devils did not go away quietly in the first period as they responded with two goals before the end of the period. Rooney scored his first goal of the evening as he accepted the pass from Nick Lappin and put it past Thunderbirds goaltender Sam Montembeault to make it 3-1.
Kapla cut it down to one with his first of the evening with 20.9 seconds left in the first period with the snap shot to make it 3-2.
Kapla did not waste any time a little over two minutes into the second period as he tied the game on a wrist shot to make it 3-3. It would be the end of the night for Montembeault as Evan Cowley replaced him in the second period.
The Devils were not done as Nick Lappin scored the game-winning goal with a pass from the left side from Viktor Loov to make it 4-3.
Rooney scored his second goal and the final goal of the night for the Devils with 5:02 remaining in regulation to make it 5-3.