Another midweek game, this time hosting the Springfield Thunderbirds for the first meeting between the two teams this year. The biggest change from the weekend is that Anthony Peters was released from his PTO as Casey DeSmith returns from his stint as Pittsburgh’s backup. This means that Sean Maguire remains with WBS as the backup goaltender. Josh Archibald was also recalled from his conditioning stint. Kostopoulos remains injured, with Bengtsson missing another game through illness and Sestito missed the last 2 periods of the game on Sunday through injury and continues to do so.
Wednesday Night (12/13/2017)
Springfield Thunderbirds (Home) – 6-3 Win
As well as the 3 injuries mentioned above, Tinordi and Johnson take a healthy scratch, with Haggerty and Quinney getting in at forward, and Spionzzi stays in as a result of his strong showing on Sunday. A great back hand saucer pass by Haggerty over to Pedan create a 2 on 1 opportunity in which Pedan took the option of shooting and sniped the puck top shelf over Montembeault in the Springfield net for a 1-0 lead with 5 minutes left in the 1st period. Just over a minute after, a point shot deflected off DiPauli’s shinpad to sneak past DeSmith and tie the game 1-1 and then another 90 seconds after that Springfield take a 2-1 lead after WBS couldn’t clear their zone. 8 and a half minutes into the 2nd period, Springfield added a powerplay goal after an attempted pass bounced past DeSmith off Spionzzi’s skate, advancing their lead to 3-1. WBS responded with not quite a powerplay goal, as McKegg scores his first for the Baby Penguins just as the powerplay expired, after the puck was dug out from a point shot by Aston-Reese and the puck fell to McKegg in the slot. WBS then tied the game 3-3 through a legitimate powerplay goal from Sprong potting a one timer from Colin Smith going through the Springfield penalty killing box with a perfect pass. The game entered the 2nd intermission tied 3-3. After 5 minutes in the 3rd period, a quick breakout from WBS created an odd man opportunity against Springfield and Wilson found Sprong who outwaited the goalie and deposited his 2nd goal of the game for a 4-3 WBS lead. They then padded the lead through Haggerty, who was the recipient of an Aston-Reese created turnover and pass. A dagger through professional annoyance Pat McGrath scoring on the empty net with just over a minute left to ensure a WBS 6-3 victory.