AHL Recap: Thunderbirds winning streak at five after 4-0 win over Sound Tigers

Montembeault makes 30 saves to post first shutout

Samuel Montembeault, number three on the Florida Panthers goaltending totem, made 31 saves and Joel Lowry scored twice in the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-0 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday night at MassMutual Center.

Lowry beat Jared Coreau 16:13 into the first, with the assists going to Jonathan Ang and Rodrigo Abols, and added a shorthanded marker 16:17 into the second, from Jack Rodewald and Thomas Schemitsch, to stake Montembeault to a two-goal lead.

Paul Thompson notched a power-play goal 8:26 into the final frame from Owen Tippett and Dryden Hunt to extended to three before Ang set up Hunt for a late empty-netter to complete the scoring.

With the victory, the Thunderbirds remained in the third place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the Providence Bruins, who hold a game in hand.

The two teams will play a key home-and-home tonight in Springfield and Sunday afternoon in Providence.

In ECHL action, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits cruised to 6-2 win on home ice over the Florida Everblades. Adam Rockwood scored a goal and an assist, Jake Horton and Dylan MacPherson also lit the lamp, and Matt Marcinew and Will Lochead collected assists.