Thunderbirds fall 5-4 in overtime to Comets

Springfield drops third straight game

Darren Archibald scored 1:19 into overtime to give the Utica Comets a 5-4 win over the visiting Springfield Thunderbirds in Friday night AHL action.

The Comets overcame a three-goal deficit to post the victory.

Springfield has now lost three in a row, but have picked up a point in their last two, after losing a shootout in Hartford on Wednesday.

The Thunderbirds got off to a fast start with defensemen Sena Acolatse and MacKenzie Weegar tallying first period goals.

Acolatse’s third of the year came at the 7:20 mark and was assisted by Michael Downing and Ryan Horvat.

Weegar scored a power-play goal, with the lone assist going to Chase Balisy, with 2:04 left in the frame.

Dryden Hunt put Springfield up by three when he scored a 1:02 into the second period from Balisy and Brent Regner.

Alexandre Grenier and Cole Cassels scored goals 2:52 apart to pull the Comets within one.

Joseph LaBate beat Mike McKenna for an early third period goal to tie the game. Curtis Valk picked up his second assist of the night on the even-strength marker.

Defenseman Josh Brown notched his first AHL goal with one-timer at 5:24 to give the Thunderbirds the lead back. Regner and Paul Thompson collected their seventh assists of the season on the play.

Valk scored a penalty shot goal to go along with his two helpers with 2:50 left in regulation to send the game to the extra session.

McKenna had a rough night finishing with 16 saves while Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots to get the win.

The Thunderbirds will host the Providence Bruins tonight at MassMutual Center.

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