Hartford Wolf Pack skate past Springfield Thunderbirds, 5-2

Published: 12/6/2019 10:25:42 PM
Modified: 12/6/2019 10:25:29 PM

The Springfield Thunderbirds fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-2, Friday night at the MassMutual Center.

The T-Birds (14-12-0-0) took a 1-0 lead when Henrik Borgstrom snuck a right-circle wrister past Wolf Pack rookie netminder Igor Shesterkin at 3:54.

Hartford’s Danny O’Regan broke a five-game goal drought to tie the game, 1-1, at 9:38. After Thunderbirds goalie Sam Montembeault came out to stop a first chance on an odd-man rush against Vinni Lettieri, the rebound caromed right to O’Regan, who had an empty net.

Just 1:16 later and on the power play, the T-Birds got their lead back as Anthony Greco ended his 10-game goal drought as he used his speed to turn the left wing corner on a Wolf Pack defender before tucking a forehander past Shesterkin’s left skate to make it 2-1.

However, the Wolf Pack (12-4-2-5) pushed back to tie the game, as Matt Beleskey blasted a one-time slap shot from the right-wing circle past Montembeault at 12:22.

Hartford netted two goals in the second period to pull away.

On its first power play at the midpoint of the period, Hartford got another connection from O’Regan and Lettieri, with the latter one-timing a slapper at the left circle through Montembeault at 10:08 to give the Wolf Pack a 3-2 edge.

Three minutes later, O’Regan stepped out in front of the goal line and tucked a forehander under the crossbar for a 4-2 lead.

Patrick Newell added an insurance goal early in the third.


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