SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Thunderbirds soared to a victory over the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins Thursday evening.

Matthew Peca got the T-birds on the board with a first-period power-play goal. The Penguins would answer back with an early second-period goal to tie the game. The scoring continued to go back and forth for the entire second-period, before the T-Birds went goal crazy in the third period.

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“Hofer out of his net, stops it, Hofer looking, Hofer firing at the empty net. HE SCOREEEESSSS!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”

That’s the first-ever goalie goal for the Springfield Thunderbirds giving them a 5-2 lead. They would add another goal to bring on the final 6-2. Springfield could close it out Sunday in Game 3 in Pennsylvania.
The winner of the series advances to the Calder Cup Quarterfinals.