Thunderbirds finally end skid; collect three points over the weekend
T-Birds lose to Bridgeport before splitting with Providence
The Springfield Thunderbirds lost on Friday night to Bridgeport before finally ending its long losing streak on Saturday with an overtime win on home ice against Providence. Springfield (8-8-3-2) picked up another point on Sunday with a loss in the extra session to the revenge-minded Bruins in Providence.
Sound Tigers 3, Thunderbirds 1
Travis St. Denis and Tanner Fritz scored third period goals to give visiting Bridgeport a 3-1 win over Springfield. Colin Markison opened the scoring 13:17 into the second period to the put the Sound Tigers on top. Mike Sgarbossa scored the Thunderbirds only goal 2:17 later, with the assists going to Paul Thompson and Shane Harper, to even the game. Reto Berra took the loss, finishing with 31 saves while Eamon McAdams made 21 saves for Bridgeport.
Thunderbirds 3, Bruins 2 (OT)
Shane Harper scored 2:12 into overtime to end Springfield's seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Providence. Sena Acolatse and Mike Sgarbossa drew the assists on the game-winning goal. Acolatse scored his fourth goal 1:50 into the game, from Ian McCoshen and Ryan Horvat, to open the scoring. Wayne Simpson and Peter Mueller tallied second period markers to put the Bruins up by one after two periods. Paul Thompson notched his team-leading sixth goal, with the lone assist going to Jared McCann, to tie the tilt at the 6:25 mark of the third period. Mike McKenna, who made 24 saves, posted the win. Malcolm Subban turned aside 32 shots in a losing effort.
Bruins 2, Thunderbirds 1 (OT)
Alex Grant beat Mike McKenna at 2:39 of the extra session to give Providence a 2-1 win over visiting Springfield. Zac Rinaldo opened the scoring with a first period goal to put the home side on top. Mike Sgarbossa countered with a power-play goal 6:47 into the second period to tie the game at one. Shane Harper and Sena Acolatse collected the helpers on Sgarbossa's fourth. Zane McIntyre stopped 38 shots to get the win while McKenna finished with 22 saves.