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  • Thunderbirds swept home games against Belleville, make it six wins in a row against WB-Scranton

    Thunderbirds swept home games against Belleville, make it six wins in a row against WB-Scranton

    Story By: Matthew Wiernasz

    Photo Courtesy of the Springfield Thunderbirds

    SPRINGFIELD, MA-  The Springfield Thunderbirds defeated the Belleville Senators last weekend at the MassMutual Center on Friday by the final score of 5-1 and on Saturday 6-1 on Hometown Heroes Night in front of a sellout crowd.

    Martin Frk got the Thunderbirds on the board when he used the wrist shot to get it past Senators goaltender Luke Persseni’s shoulder who was making his AHL debut with 14:52 remaining in the first period to make it 1-0

    Anthony Angello would have the Thunderbirds go up by two goals over two minutes later as Jacob Hayhurst and Drew Callin sent the pass to Angello. Angello would score with the backhand to make it 2-0.

    Will Bitten would get the puck on a turnover and go five-hole extending the lead for the Thunderbirds to make it 3-0 with 7:14 remaining in the first period ending Persseni’s night and Logan Fiddell would come into the game for the Senators.

    Keean Washkurak would score for the Thunderbirds in the second period but the goal was waived off as officials thought the puck was kicked in.

    Angus Crookshank would put an end to Hofer’s shutout bid as he fired the one-timer 22 seconds into the third period for the Senators to cut into the lead to make it 3-1.

    Keean Washkurak would respond as Bitten made the pass to him on the power play and he put the puck in the wide-open net to make it 4-1 with 11:26 remaining in regulation.

    The T-Birds would go on a 5-on-3 penalty kill but Washkurak would score a shorthanded goal to make it 5-1 with 3:23 remaining in regulation.  It was Washkurak’s first multi-goal game in the AHL.

    On Saturday night, the Thunderbirds played in front of a sellout crowd on Hometown Heroes night. Before the game, long-time AHL referee Terry Koharski was honored as he was reffing his final game.  Koharski was an official for over four decades and his career began as a linesman back in 1982.

    There was no score after the first period.

    Martin Frk would take advantage for the Thunderbirds 59 seconds into the second period as Matthew Peca made the pass and Frk shot the one-timer to score to make it 1-0.

    Matthew Boucher responded for the Senators on a 3-on-2 rush and used the snapshot that went past T-Birds goaltender Vadim Zherenko to tie the game at 1-1 with 15:02 remaining in the second period.

    Will Bitten would retake the lead for the Thunderbirds 35 seconds later as he took a shot from the right side that went through Senators goaltender to make it 2-1.

    Matt Kessel extended the lead for the Thundderbirds in the second period as he shot the one-timer with the power-play goal to make it 3-1 with 4:21 remaining in the second period

    The T-Birds would continue into the third as Mitchell Hoelscher scored as the puck went off of his skate and into the net to make it 4-1 with 15:26 remaining in regulation. McGing scored on the wrist shot for his 10th goal of the season with 12:43 remaining in regulation to make it 5-1.

    Mathias Laferriere scored the fourth power play goal for the T-Birds with the setup from Peca as he shot the one-timer to make it 6-1.

    The Thunderbirds extended their winning streak to six games last night as they traveled to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to take on the Penguins.  Matthew Peca scored the game-winning goal in the third period with 4:01 remaining in regulation to make it 3-2.  Peca also had an assist in the game. T-Birds defenseman Brady Lyle scored two goals and also had an assist.  T-Birds forward Matthew Highmore registered two assists in the win.

    Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Hofer made 28 saves in the win for his team last night.

    The Atlantic Division Standings is heating up. While Hershey and Providence are atop the standings, From third to eighth is only seven points apart as the Thunderbirds are in fifth.

    The Thunderbirds will return to action tomorrow night at the Thunderdome at the MassMutual Center when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come to town for the final regular meeting of the season and then on Saturday, it will be Springfield Ice-O-Topes night when they take on the Bridgeport Islanders. Starting times for both games will begin at 7:05 p.m.

  • T-Birds losing streak extends to four games, start Midwest road trip tonight

    T-Birds losing streak extends to four games, start Midwest road trip tonight

    Story By: Matthew Wiernasz

    Photo Courtesy of the Springfield Thunderbirds

    SPRINGFIELD, MA-  The Bridgeport Islanders dominated including a four-goal second period to defeat the Springfield Thunderbirds 6-2 on Monday afternoon at the MassMutual Center.

    Will Bitten got the Thunderbirds on the board 1:50 into the opening period. Steven Jandric got the loose puck and found Bitten. Bitten was able to slip it through the legs of Islanders goaltender Cory Schneider to make it 1-0 into the opening period.

    The Islanders would tie the game with 15:29 remaining in the opening period as Aatu Raty scored on the wrist shot to make the score even at 1-1.

    Jeff Kubiak would give the Islanders the lead as he skated up the ice while the Thunderbirds were on the power play. Kubiak used the wrist shot to beat Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Hofer to make the score 2-1 with 9:19 remaining in the first period.

    The Islanders would score four goals in the second period. William Dufour extended the lead for the Islanders as he got the puck past Hofer to make it 3-1 with 12:27 remaining in the second period. Cole Bardreau made it 4-1 with the one-timer with 6:22 remaining in the second period.  Ruslan Iskhakov scored on a 2-on-1 to make it 5-1 with 3:22 remaining in the second period. Arnaud Durandeau scored on a one-timer to make it 6-1.

    Hofer’s afternoon would come to an end after the second period after facing 27 shots and making 21 saves.  Vadim Zherenko would come in relief for the third period as he faced five shots.

    Matthew Highmore would score for the Thunderbirds on the power play with 3:03 remaining to make it 6-2.

    The Islanders won their first game in regulation for the first time on Monday since December 11 against Providence.  The Islanders did win in Bridgeport on Friday at home against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-3.

    The T-Birds will head on the road for a three-game road trip as they will play against the Milwaukee Admirals tonight. They will take on the Rockford Icehogs on Friday and conclude the road trip on Saturday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

    The Thunderbirds will return to home ice at the MassMutual Center next weekend on Friday and Saturday for two games against the Belleville Senators.

  • Wolf Pack even in home-and-home with Providence

    Wolf Pack even in home-and-home with Providence

    Story By: Matthew Wiernasz

    Photo Courtesy of the Hartford Wolf Pack

    HARTFORD, CT-  The Hartford Wolf Pack made it three in a row on Saturday against the Providence Bruins with a 3-1 victory at the XL Center.

    ” Right now we’re trying to get as many wins as possible. I’ve been happy with our guys since December 1. I thought we’ve been playing really good hockey. We just have to state the course.” Wolf Pack Head Coach Kris Knoblauch Said

    The Bruins got on the board with 13:51 remaining in the opening period as Jack Achan took the shot from the right-wing as Joona Koppanen deflected the shot into the net to make it 1-0.

    Zac Jones would tie the game for the Wolf Pack. Jones tried the wraparound against Bruins goaltender Keith Kinkaid.  Jones would be able to put in the rebound to tie the game at 1-1 with 2:46 remaining in the first period.

    Matt Rempe scored the game-winning goal for the Wolf Pack with 4:32 remaining in the second period to make it 2-1.

    ” He’s quite on a goal-scoring streak. Just bulldozes his way to the net. Scoring a lot of goals that way. I think moving him to center was definitely a good move for us and a good move for him. He’s contributed so much for our team.” Knoblauch continued

    Will Cuylie scored an empty-net goal for the Wolf Pack with 1:06 remaining in regulation to make it 3-1.

    Wolf Pack goaltender Dylan Garand made 27 saves for the team win.

    ” I think it can be hard for a goaltender. You look at your numbers with your wins and losses and think what your season would like to be. He’s a very motivated young player who is driven and wants to have success. I think he’s handled adversity very well. I think he’s come to the rink every day with a professional attitude.” Knoblauch Said

    After giving up the first goal of the game, Garand was just focused.

    ” I always try to play that way. I think in the last couple of games. I haven’t played really well. Then tonight I wanted to get back to what works for me. Pretty focused on what I need to do.

    Bruins goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 32 saves in the loss for the Bruins.

    ” He played really well. We had some Grade A chances. I am sure he’s very motivated to play against us.” Knoblauch Said

    The Bruins won against the Wolf Pack on Sunday in Providence with a 3-2 overtime victory as Vinni Lettieri scored the game-winning goal for his 13th goal of the season.

    The Wolf Pack will prepare for another 3-in-3 this weekend when they will host the Providence Bruins on Friday and the Rochester Americans on Saturday at the XL Center.  The game on Friday will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the game on Saturday will begin at 6:00 p.m.  The 3-in-3 will end in Providence on Sunday with the game beginning at 3:00 p.m.

  • Thunderbirds winning streak ends at four on Throwback Night

    Thunderbirds winning streak ends at four on Throwback Night

    Story By: Matthew Wiernasz

    Photo Courtesy of the Springfield Thunderbirds

    SPRINGFIELD, MA- Utica Comets goaltender Akira Schmid made 38 saves as they defeated the Springfield Thunderbirds 2-1 on Saturday night at the MassMutual Center.

    ” It was a real team effort. We had four lines. We needed everyone going. They played hard and we played well. Obviously, Springfield has been playing very well lately. We knew we would have our hands full. They got their chances. Obviously, our goaltending was very good.” Utica Comets Head Coach Kevin Dinnen Said

    The T-Birds would register the first four out of five shots in the opening period.  Hugh McGing had a breakaway opportunity for the Thunderbirds but was denied the scoring opportunity.

    Former Thunderbirds Nolan Stevens got the Comets on the board in the opening period as he went on the give-and-go rush to make it 1-0 with 9:40 remaining in the first period.

    Steven Jandric tied the game for the Thunderbirds as beat Schmid stick side to score for the second game in a row to even the score at 1-1 with 7:26 remaining in the second period.

    Nick Hutchinson would end up scoring the game-winning goal for the Comets late in the second period as Thunderbirds goaltender Vadim Zherenko denied the first stop on the scoring opportunity but Hutchinson was able to tip the puck in to make it 2-1.

    The Comets continued their winning streak sweeping the 3-in-3 weekend with a win against the Providence Bruins on Sunday in Providence.

    The Thunderbirds will take to the road this weekend as they will take on the Hershey Bears on Friday and Saturday in Hershey. The game on both nights will begin at 7:00 p.m. The T-Birds will return to action against the Bridgeport Islanders this upcoming Monday at the Thunderdome at the MassMutual Center.  The game will begin at 3:05 p.m.

  • UMass-Lowell defeats AIC

    UMass-Lowell defeats AIC

    Story By: Matthew Wiernasz

    Photo Courtesy of AIC

    SPRINGFIELD, MA- The AIC Yellow Jackets fell to No. 17 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks on Saturday afternoon at the MassMutual Center by the final score of 4-2.

    There was no scoring in the first period

    Blake Bennett got the Yellow Jackets 1:14 into the second period. AIC defenseman Brian Kramer fired the shot and Bennett was able to deflect it in to make it 1-0.

    The River Hawks scored four unanswered goals in the second period Nick Rheaume tied the game as he put in the rebound to even the score at 1-1. Ben Meehan gave the River Hawks the lead with 10:03 remaining in the second period as he scored a power-play goal to make it 2-1. Owen Fowler was able to extend the lead for the River Hawks as he tucked in the rebound to make it 3-1.

    Marek Korencik scored for the River Hawks on a turnover with 14:30 remaining in regulation to make it 4-1.

    The Yellow Jackets tried to start a comeback in a wild third period as they were given a 5-on-3 power play.  Jordan Biro was able to score for the Yellow Jackets to cut down the lead to 4-2.  The River Hawks however would challenge the goal for goaltender interference and after video review. The goal was waived off as it was still 4-1 UMass-Lowell.

    Julius Janhonen would score his sixth goal of the year with 5:19 remaining in regulation to make it 4-2.

    UMass-Lowell was able to hold on for the victory.

    The AIC Yellow Jackets will take on the road for the next four games as they will head to the University of Vermont on Saturday followed by a trip to Army West Point for the final matchup in the season series next Tuesday. The road trip will conclude with a weekend series against Mercyhurst next weekend.

    The next home game for the AIC Yellow Jackets will be on Thursday, February 2 against Sacred Heart University at the MassMutual Center. The puck drop will be at 7:05 p.m.

  • T-Birds make it four in a row against the Islanders

    T-Birds make it four in a row against the Islanders

    Story By: Matthew Wiernasz

    Photo Courtesy of the Springfield Thunderbirds

    SPRINGFIELD, MA-  Thunderbirds forward Martin Frk scored two goals including the game-winning goal in overtime as they defeated the Bridgeport Islanders for the fourth time in a row 4-3 at the MassMutual Center on Friday evening.

    ” Not an ideal night way to win the game but did give up a 3-1 lead going into the third period. It’s an important two points. Didn’t have an issue with the effort.” Thunderbirds Head Coach Drew Bannister Said

    “We’re in a tough spot.  We’ve been grinding these last two-three weeks. Disappointing result but I do like the character in the group. I thought the group found a way to get a point. That’s a big point for us. We want to take it and build on it.” Islanders Head Coach Brent Thompson Said

    Both goaltenders were tested in the opening period. Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Hofer denied scoring chances on Islanders forward Jeff Kubiak. Thunderbirds forward Will Bitten had a breakaway scoring chance but was denied by Islanders goaltender Ken Appleby.

    The Thunderbirds got on the board in the second period as Martin Frk accepted the pass from Mathias Laferriere.  Frk would score on the one-timer for his first goal of the evening to make it 1-0 with 15:28 remaining in the second period.

    The Islanders would tie the game four-minutes later as Kyle McLean scored to make it even at 1-1.

    Keean Washkurak retook the lead for the Thunderbirds as he scored from the right faceoff circle as he used the wrist shot to beat Appleby stick side to make it 2-1 with 6:01 remaining in the second period.

    Steven Jandric extended the lead for the T-Birds as he deflected a shot from Thunderbirds defenseman Dmitri Samorukov to make it 3-1 after two periods of play.

    The Islanders would respond in the third period. William Dufour took the loose puck and was to put it past Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Hofer with 14:59 remaining in regulation to cut the score down to one to make it 3-2. Chris Terry would end up tying the game for the Islanders with 11:17 remaining in regulation as he scored with a one-timer goal.

    The game would head into overtime as this would be the third time during the season series. Martin Frk would put an end to the game with 1:13 left in the extra period as he scored the game-winning goal with the wrist shot to make the score 4-3.

    The Islanders did take on the Providence Bruins on Saturday in Bridgeport and would lose 6-3 at Total Mortgage Arena.

  • Railers snap five game losing streak against the Maine Mariners

    Railers snap five game losing streak against the Maine Mariners

    Story and Photo By: Matthew Wiernasz

    PORTLAND, ME- Blaine Jenkins scored the game-winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout as the Worcester Railers defeated the Maine Mariner 4-3 at the Cross Insurance Arena on Sunday afternoon snapped a five game losing streak.

    Blake Christensen got the Railers on the board 2:38 into the opening period when he took the one-time pass from Quin Ryan and beat Mariners goaltender Trevor Gorsuch to make it 1-0.

    The Railers would get a 5-on-3 power play late in the first period as Nick Master and Connor Doherty were both in the penalty box for the Mariners.  The Mariners were able to kill off the 5-on-3.

    The Railers would extend the lead in the second period with 11:27 as Brent Beaudoin fired the shot and Nolan Vesey was able to tip it in to score a shorthanded goal to make it 2-0.

    Tim Doherty got the Mariners on the board with 3:39 as he took the shot from the left side of the faceoff circle that would beat Railers goaltender Henrik Tikkanen to cut the lead down to 2-1.

    The Mariners would tie the game early in the third period as Alex Kile shot the one-timer to tie the game at 2-2 with 16:58 remaining in regulation. Kile also set the record for the all-time record in goals by a Mariners player.

    Alex Voyer gave the Mariners their first lead of the afternoon when he scored for the fifth game in a row when he fired the wrist shot to make it 3-2 for the Mariners with 14:38 remaining in regulation.

    Nolan Vesey would score his second goal of the afternoon for the Railers with 11:56 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 3-3 in which the game would go into overtime.

    Voyer almost won the game in overtime for the Mariners but his shot hit the post. Blaine Jenkins would put an end to the game in the fourth round of the shootout as the Railers won 4-3.

    The Mariners will head on the road to Quebec to take on the Trois-Rivieres Lions on Wednesday night for the drop of the puck at 7:00 p.m. The next home game for the Mariners will be on Friday at the Cross Insurance Arena against the Adirondack Thunder.  Game time will be at 7:15 p.m.

    The next game for the Railers will be on Friday at the DCU Center against the Reading Royals.  The drop of the puck will be at 7:00 p.m.

     

     

  • Thunderbirds close out 2022 with a win against their I-91 rival

    Thunderbirds close out 2022 with a win against their I-91 rival

    Story and Photo By: Matthew Wiernasz

    HARTFORD, CT- Thunderbirds forward Jake Neighbours scored the game-winning goal in the shootout for the third time in nine days. They defeated their I-91 rival, the Hartford Wolf Pack 2-1 in a shootout at the XL Center on Saturday evening extending their winning streak to three games.

    For the first time in six games, the Thunderbirds were able to score first.  Jake Neighbours found Will Bitten and Bitten was able to beat Wolf Pack goaltender Louie Domingue with the forehand shot through the leg pads to make it 1-0 with 8:41 remaining in the first period.

    The T-Birds almost extended the lead to 2-0 as McGing and Bitten went on a 2-on-1 rush. McGing took the shot and went off of Domingue.  Bitten tried to do the wraparound but Wolf Pack defenseman Zac Jones was able to keep the puck from crossing the goal line as the Thunderbirds still led 1-0.

    Matthew Robertson tied the game for the Wolf Pack with 11:53 remaining in the second period as he fired the wrist shot that beat Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Hofer to even the score at 1-1.

    While both goaltenders made 11 saves in the second period.  Both Hofer and Domingue received roughing minors as they were both run into by their opponents on separate occasions.

    There will be no scoring in the third period as the game went into overtime.

    Both teams had a scoring opportunity in the overtime period. Domingue made the save for the Wolf Pack on a backdoor play by Thunderbirds defenseman Brady Lyle while Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Hofer made the same save on Wolf Pack forward Tanner Fritz.

    The game would not end in overtime so it was onto the shootout.  The Wolf Pack sent out Will Cuylle, Ryan Carpenter, and Zac Jones for the shootout and were all denied.  After two chances in the shootout by Thunderbirds forward Will Bitten and defenseman Brady Lyle.  Jake Neighbours would settle this game and extend the winning streak for the Thunderbirds to three games when he used the forehand and that went through the legs of Domingue to win the game by the final score of 2-1.

    Thunderbirds goaltender Joel Hofer made 30 saves in the win while Wolf Pack goaltender Louie Domingue made 22 saves in the loss for his team.

    The Thunderbirds will kickoff the new year with a pair of home games this upcoming weekend as they will host the Bridgeport Islanders on Friday at the Thunderdome at the MassMutual Center for the drop of the puck at 7:05 p.m. and then on Saturday it’s Falcons throwback night as the Thunderbirds will take on the Utica Comets. Game time will be at 7:05 p.m.

    The Wolf Pack will head on the road this weekend as they take on the Utica Comets on Friday night and then the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday.

    The next home game for the Wolf Pack at the XL Center will be on Saturday, January 14 against the Providence Bruins. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m.

  • UConn closes out 2022 portion of the schedule will win against LIU

    UConn closes out 2022 portion of the schedule will win against LIU

    Story and Photo By: Matthew Wiernasz

    HARTFORD, CT- The UConn Huskies Men’s Ice Hockey team closed out their 2022 portion of the schedule with a 5-3 victory against the LIU (Long Island University) Sharks on Saturday afternoon at the XL Center.

    John Spitz opened up the scoring for the Huskies in the first period with 11:19 remaining.  Andrew Lucas made the pass to Spitz. Spitz would use the backhand that went past Sharks goaltender Vinnie Purpura to make it 1-0.

    The Huskies would extend the lead to 2-0 when junior Ryan Tverberg made the pass to freshman Jake Percival. Percival would then find Samu Salminen. Salminen fired the shot from the right side of the net to make it 2-0 with 3:51 remaining in the first period.

    Isiah Fox scored for the Sharks with 2:23 remaining in the first period to cut down the lead to 2-1. Josh Zary would receive the lone assist.

    The Huskies would get a power play early in the second period and capitalize on it when Chase Bradley would score on the backhand with 15:24 remaining in the second period to extend the lead to 3-1. Jon Spitz would be credited with the assist.

    The Sharks would cut into the lead as Anthony Vincent scored for LIU with 13:36 remaining in regulation to cut the lead down to 3-2. Patriks Marcinkevis and Cade Mason would receive the assists.

    Matthew Wood extended the lead for the Huskies once again. Andrew Lucas would make the pass to Wood. Wood fired the shot and scored to make it 4-2 with 10:46 remaining in regulation. Hudson Schandor received the secondary assist.

    The Sharks would not go away quietly as Austin scored with 5:52 remaining to cut the lead down to 4-3.

    Justin Pearson would score the final goal of the game for the Huskies as he went on a breakaway and score the goal on the glove to make it 5-3 with 2:18 remaining in regulation.

    Huskies goaltender Logan Terness made 35 saves in the win for his team. His record is now 7-3-2.  The Huskies’ overall record this season is 13-5-3.

    The next game for the UConn Huskies will be at Fenway Park in Boston as part of the Hockey East Frozen Fenway Doubleheader when they will take on the Northeastern Huskies. The puck drop will be at 2:30 p.m.

    The next home game for the Huskies will be on Saturday, January 14 against the Northeastern Huskies at the new Toscano Family Ice Forum in Storrs.  The game will begin at 7:35 p.m.

    The next game for the Long Island University Sharks will be on Friday, January 13 against Princeton.

  • Home Sweet Home: Thunderbirds Defeat Islanders

    Home Sweet Home: Thunderbirds Defeat Islanders

    Story By: Matthew Wiernasz

    Photo Courtesy of the Springfield Thunderbirds

    SPRINGFIELD, MA-  The Springfield Thunderbirds took down their second win in a row in the final home game of the 2022 portion of the schedule as they defeated the Bridgeport Islanders 6-3 on Friday night at the MassMutual Center.

    Cole Bardreau opened up the scoring for the Islanders in the first period as he fired the wrist shot past Thunderbirds goaltender Vadim Zherenko on the blocker side to make it 1-0 with 9:53 remaining in the first period.

    The T-Birds tied the game with 5:37 remaining in the opening period. Drew Callin would get the puck from Will Bitten and Callin took advantage and scored with the backhand wraparound that beat Islanders goaltender Ken Appleby to even the score at 1-1.

    Hugh McGing gave the Thunderbirds their first lead of the night as Will Bitten made the two-line pass to McGing and McGing used the forehand to beat Appleby to make it 2-1 for the Thunderbirds after the first period of play.

    The Thunderbirds extended their lead in the second period. Austin Osmanski fired the shot and Nikita Alexandrov would put in the rebound for his first goal of the night to make it 3-1 with 16:31 remaining in the second period. For Osmanski, it was his first point in the AHL.

    The Islanders cut down the lead to one. Chris Terry made the pass to Armand Durandeau. Durandeau beat Zherenko blocker side to make the score 3-2 with 15:52 remaining in the second period.

    Jake Neighbours would extend the lead for the Thunderbirds once again as he skated on a 3-on-2. Neighbours went to the right side of the faceoff circle and fired the wrist shot that beat Appleby to make it 4-2 with 2:10 remaining in the second period

    The Islanders started off the third period on the power play and they took advantage of it. Otto Koivula would be able to put the puck in the back of the net to cut the score down to one, 58 seconds into the third to make it 4-3.

    The Islanders would get a 5-on-3 power play during the third period as Brady Lyle for the Thunderbirds would get a penalty for hooking and then Nikita Alexandrov would get a penalty for holding.  The 5-on-3 would last for 1:43. The Islanders would put pressure on the Thunderbirds in their own zone.  The Thunderbirds were able to kill off the 5-on-3 power play.

    The Thunderbirds were able to get insurance goals as Alexandrov added his second goal of the night with 56 seconds remaining in regulation to make it 5-3. Greg Printz would add the second empty net goal for the Thunderbirds with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to make it 6-3 to seal the victory.

    Thunderbirds goaltender Vadim Zherenko made 41 saves in the team win.