Springfield Thunderbirds held scoreless for first time all season, fall to Syracuse Crunch 3-0 (photos)

Springfield Thunderbirds held scoreless for first time all season, fall to Syracuse Crunch 3-0 (photos)

Connor Ingram pitches shutout to lead Syracuse Crunch to 7th-straight win

Springfield, Mass. — Connor Ingram stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Syracuse Crunch blanked the Springfield Thunderbirds, 3-0, Saturday at the MassMutual Center.

 The victory extends the teams winning streak to seven straight and points streak to 10. Syracuse is now 11-5-1-0 on the season.

 Ingrams shutout gives him six consecutive wins. Chris Driedger stopped 25-of-27 in net for the Thunderbirds. Syracuse continued its power-play goal streak going 1-for-2, while the penalty kill shut down all five Springfield man-advantages.

 Syracuse was first on the board 7:28 into the game. Cory Conacher forced a turnover at the blueline and came in on a 2-on-1 with Andy Andreoff. He sent a cross-slot feed for Andreoff to net his team-leading ninth of the season from the left circle. Mitch Hults tallied the secondary assist.

 The Crunch doubled its lead during 5-on-3 play with 5:25 remaining in the game. Taylor Raddysh fed Conacher at the top of the right circle for a one-timer. His shot was blocked, but the rebound kicked out for Alex Barre-Boulet to clean up from near the post.

 With 12 seconds remaining, Michael Bournival registered his first of the season with a shorthanded empty-netter.

 Crunchables: Cory Conacher is on a nine-game points streak (8-14) with eight multi-point performances, including a career-high seven consecutive…The Crunch has scored a power-play goal in each of their last seven games (16-for-55)…The Crunch have a shorthanded goal in back-to-back games.

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Thunderbirds (10-5-0-2) could not solve the defense of the Syracuse Crunch (11-5-1-0) and fell by a final score of 3-0 on Saturday night at the MassMutual Center.

Saturdays game was the Thunderbirds first-ever Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Read more about their efforts here.

After both teams traded entrances into the offensive zone to no avail, the Crunch got on the board first at 7:28 when Andy Andreoff snapped a left-wing shot home from the faceoff circle to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead. Cory Conacher and Mitch Hults picked up assists on the play.

Both teams traded chances sparingly through a quiet opening period, but none turned into anything despite Syracuse racking up eight shots and Springfield tallying five.

After two periods of play, the score remained 1-0 in favor of Syracuse. Crunch goalie Connor Ingram kept Springfield off the board in spite of the T-Birds more than doubling their shot total from the first period plus.

The defensive struggle carried all the way into the final period, and Springfield had done a masterful job maintaining their discipline against the leagues top power play. After the first 14 minutes of the third period of play, the score remained 1-0 Crunch, but with their first power play of the night and a 5-on-3 no less, the Crunch finally put home some insurance. Alex Barre-Boulet scored his seventh goal of the season and gave the Crunch a 2-0 lead off a Driedger rebound from the bottom of the right wing circle.

Springfield would have five power plays interspersed throughout the night, but the man advantage cooled off and failed to get on the board. At 19:48, Michael Bournival put the icing on the cake for the Crunch and tapped the puck into Springfields empty net to give Syracuse a 3-0 victory. It was the first time all season that Springfield failed to tally a goal. Syracuses win streak extends to seven games in the triumph.

#HockeyFightsCancer [?] Our boys participated in the @ThunderbirdsAHLs opening ceremony as we all fight for a cure. pic.twitter.com/s6ZFiSORCP

The weekend concludes with the T-Birds taking on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on the road with puck drop slated for 3:05 p.m. Springfield looks to get vengeance for a 5-2 loss on Nov. 3, which at the time was Springfields first regulation loss of the season.


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