Bednard Brilliant in Debut, Earns 4-1 T-Birds WinJan 17, 2020
After being outshot by a 26-10 margin through 40 minutes, the T-Birds came out firing from all angles in the third, and Owen Tippett broke the tie from the left circle on a one-timer set up by Thomas Schemitsch at 7:04. Tippett’s third game-winner in the last four T-Birds triumphs was his 16th goal of his rookie season.
75 seconds later, Audette picked up his second point of the night with a seeing-eye wrist shot that got through everybody at 8:19 to beat Martin.
The Crunch got aggressive with pulling their goaltender, summoning Martin to the bench with still 4:43 on the clock, but Bednard’s sensational debut ended in grand style, stopping all 11 shots he faced in the third to cap a 36-save spectacular.
Springfield has now won five of its last six road games, and the T-Birds get a deserved Saturday off before a rematch in Providence on Sunday against the Bruins. Puck drop is set for 3:05 p.m.