SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Mike Sgarbossa scored early for the Hershey Bears, but the Springfield Thunderbirds rattled off five unanswered goals to down the Chocolate and White 6-2 Friday night at MassMutual Center.
The Bears went on an early power play after Ryan Horvat was whistled for tripping at 3:19. Riley Barber sent a perfect backdoor pass to Sgarbossa, who scored his 16th goal of the season only 11 seconds into the man-advantage.
But Springfield's offense came alive for a pair of even strength goals to beat Vitek Vanecek by Riley Stillman and Anthony Greco. Before the first period closed, the T-Birds added a power play marker from Matt Marcinew.
The T-Birds added two more PP goals in the second stanza, from Sebastian Repo and Matt Mangene, and a fourth in the final period of a rebound by Zolnierczyk. Juuso Ikonen scored the Bears' final goal in the third period
The Bears return to the ice Saturday at 7 with a road tilt against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.