ROCHESTER, NY – It was a tough weekend for the Springfield Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds lost all three games this weekend, including a 2-0 shutout by the Rochester Americans Sunday afternoon. The Americans took three out of four in the season series.
Americans goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves as he recorded his first shutout of the 2016-17 campaign. He also became the first American Hockey League goaltender to play 3,000 minutes during the year.
The Thunderbirds earned a couple power-play opportunities in the first period but the Americans decided to take control. Derek Grant went on a breakaway and beat Thunderbirds goaltender Adam Wilcox earning his third goal of the weekend in two games against the Thunderbirds to go up 1-0 at 9:38 of the first period.
The Thunderbirds would get two scoring opportunities late in the first period by Anthony Greco but Ullmark was too strong and stopped all 13 shots in the first period.
In the second, Springfield would press and have some good looks on the power play, but Ullmark and the Americans defenseman stood tall and shut down the Thunderbirds.
Nick Baptiste provided his team the empty-net insurance goal with less than 30 seconds left to give the Americans a 2-0 win. It was Baptiste’s his 22nd goal of the year and gave Derek Grant an assist, making it a two-point night for the center.
Thunderbirds goaltender Adam Wilcox made 30 saves in the loss and now has a record of 4-1-1. Wilcox earned third star of the game while Derek Grant was second star with a goal and an assist. Linus Ullmark earned first star of the game with a 28-save performance.
The Thunderbirds are back in action at the MassMutual Center for the next three games. They will take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday and the Providence Bruins on Saturday. The puck will drop in all three of those games at 7:05 P.M.