The Springfield Thunderbirds, in first place, score a point in Hartford and lose in shootout

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Thunderbirds (15-7-2-1) collected a point to retain first place in the Atlantic Division, but were beaten by the Hartford Wolf Pack (13-6-2-1) by a score 4-3 final in a Sunday afternoon shootout at the XL Center.

After giving up the game’s first goal in each of their previous four games, the Thunderbirds took the lead that day as Sam Anas carried the puck into the offensive zone in a 2-on-1 run with Hugh McGing. . After watching the pass, Anas fired a left circle shot into the legs of a stunned Keith Kinkaid to give Springfield the 1-0 lead at 13:41.

Colten Ellis, 21, received the call in the Springfield net and he answered the bell in an opening period that required him to stop the first seven shots of the hockey game en route to 11 refusals during the first period alone.

Springfield’s offense gave Ellis some extra support just 1:45 into the half as Klim Kostin made his way to the net from the right side, creating an open space for Keean Washkurak to strike at home a loose puck on the doorstep for his second goal in two days to take a 2-0 lead.

Ellis seized the opportunity later in the period with his team shorthanded, pulling a puck away from danger with his paddle in the crease zone and later stretching his left arm towards the goal line to sweep a loose puck away. of the goal with two wolves Pack the players ready to hammer it into the gaping net.

After surviving that penalty, the T-Birds had their own power play chance and made no mistakes as Anas channeled a shot to the edge of the crease, where Nolan Stevens tipped him over and out. through Kinkaid to extend Springfield’s lead to 3-0. at 10:52 of the second period.

The Wolf Pack finally made it to the scoreboard with 1:20 left in the frame when Tim Gettinger landed an Anthony Greco pass in the top corner in front of Ellis on the blocker side making it a 3- game. 1 in the last 20 minutes.

Like one night ago, the wolf pack wouldn’t go away quietly in the final period, as Hunter Skinner fired a slapshot that eluded Ellis at 7:47 of the final period to bring Hartford back to one. single goal, 3-2.

The 3-2 lead held until the last minute of the game when Jonny Brodzinski managed a snapshot through Ellis from the left wing circle with just 33 seconds left to force overtime.

After an overtime period produced no winners, the shootout turned in the home team’s direction, as Gettinger’s goal late in the third round would be the only shootout tally, his third winner of season in shootout. McGing, Anas and Mathias Laferriere were unable to connect for Springfield.

Springfield then takes to the ice on Tuesday, Dec. 28 as they visit the Bridgeport Islanders for a 7 p.m. puck face-off at Webster Bank Arena after the holiday break.

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