Thunderbirds Thump Bears 8-1; Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Scores Again

Photo: Springfield Thunderbirds

The Springfield Thunderbirds trounced the Hershey Bears 8-1 Friday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The loss drops the Bears record to 4-4-1-1 (10 points) on the season. The Bears are back in action Saturday night when they host the Providence Bruins at Giant Center. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

STARTERS
Pheonix Copley (2-2-1-0, 2.13 GAA, .920 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Bears. Chris Driedger (4-3-0-0, 2.14 GAA, .939 sv%) got the start in goal for the Thunderbirds. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Bears:

Scratches: Lucas Johansen (lower body injury – didn’t make the trip), Connor Hobbs, Bobby Nardella and Chris McCarthy. Liam O’Brien was recalled by the Capitals on Friday morning. (More here)

FIRST PERIOD
The Thunderbirds would strike first with a goal from Paul Thompson at 3:38 of the opening frame.

The Bears would tie the game with a goal from Axel Jonsson-Fjallby at the 15:00 mark of the first period. Colby Williams (1) and Brian Pinho (5) were credited with the assists.

The first period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Bears led in shots on goal 8-7 for the first period. Springfield was 0 for 2 and the Bears 0 for 0 on the power play in the first frame.

SECOND PERIOD
The T-Birds would retake the lead early in the middle frame with a goal from Henrik Borgstrom at 3:522 of the second period.

The T-Birds would quickly make it 4-0 with a goal from Aleksi Saarela at 4:58 of the middle frame.

The T-Birds would score a third unanswered goal with a tally from Dominic Tonnato at 7:07, making it 4-1.

The Thunderbirds would make it 5-1 late in the second period with a goal from Paul Thompson at 17:47 of the second period.

The second period would conclude with the Thuderbirds firmly in control, 5-1. Springfield led in shots on goal 9-5 for the second period and 16-13 after two periods of play.

THIRD PERIOD
The Thunderbirds kept the pedal down, making it 6-1 with an early goal from Anthony Greco at 1:09 of the final frame.

The Thunderbirds would make it 7-1 with a goal from Anthony Greco at 14:14 of the final frame, and the route was on.

Owen Tippett would make it 8-1 at 15:26.

SHAVINGS

  • The AHL box score is here.
  • Third straight loss for the Bears.
  • Springfield led in shots on goal 27-22.
  • Christian Djoos and Tobias Geisser led the Bears in shots with 3.
  • Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play.
  • The last time the Bears surrendered eight goals was October 20, 2012.

SCENES FROM SPRINGFIELD

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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