SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Sunday the MassMutual arena was filled with fans from near and far for the Thunderbird’s game against the Charlotte Checkers.

“It’s just amazing to watch them. How they are really good,” said Brayden Sullivan of Longmeadow.

“It makes you want to get out of our seat and watch them score and hear the goal horn go off whenever they score. It’s just a fun time,” added Alex Zinapoli of Longmeadow.

“We’d like to see a win tonight and then again on Wednesday night,” said Nancy Harris, a season ticketholder. She told 22News she wants the T-birds to, “… go to charlotte with only needing on win there, so we’re just hoping for the best.”

Harris and her husband have been long time ticket holders since the Thunderbirds first took the ice. And many T-Birds fans brought good luck charms to the game.

“My husband’s got a special hat that he wears. I have special earrings that I wear,” Harris told 22News. “Good luck charms that’s what we are hoping for.”

The Thunderbirds and the Checkers are meeting in the postseason for the first time in the two cities AHL histories. The Checkers won the Calder Cup in June of 2019 but the T-birds put up quite the fight as fans cheered them on.

“I’m hoping for the win and you know if Joe Loafer gets the shutout like Charlie Lancrin did that would be incredible,” said Samantha Robinson of East Longmeadow.

The Thunderbirds won 6-0 Sunday night and will play game 2 against the Checkers on Wednesday at the MassMutual arena. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.