The Halifax Thunderbird’s comeback late in the fourth quarter was not good enough as they lost 10-9 Saturday night on the road against the Georgia Swarm.
The loss ends a rough weekend of back-to-back games for the Thunderbirds as they went 0-2 as they try to stay in the chase for the top spot in the East Division.
Halifax was outscored 8-5 in the first half. It ended up being a deficit the Thunderbirds could not overcome.
Georgia got on the board early with a goal from Brendan Bomberry only 26 seconds into the game. Clark Petterson would tie up the game, but Bryan Cole would retake the lead for the Swarm 2-1 at the 5:36 mark of the first quarter.
Newly acquired Shawn Evans would make an impact at the 10:14 mark. Add in a goal from Eric Fannell and the Thunderbirds had a 3-2 lead.
Bomberry finished off a first-quarter hat trick with a power-play marker at 12:36 and scored 1:05 later to make it 4-3 for the Swarm. Georgia finished off the three-goal run with a goal from Connor Kirst.
Fannell found the back of the net with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter to make it 5-4 Georgia at the first break.
Cody Jamieson tied up the game 44 seconds into the second quarter, but after that Halifax’s offence went silent.
A couple of markers from Shayne Jackson and a goal from Lyle Thompson rounded out the first-half scoring. Georgia led 8-5 at the break.
Both defences stood tall in the third quarter. Lyle Thompson had the only goal at 6:01 to extend Georgia’s lead 9-5.
Jamieson would score on the power play 20 seconds into the final frame, but Lyle Thompson would quickly reply to restore Georgia’s four-goal cushion.
Cue Thunderbird’s Comeback
Chris Boushy would score a pair of goals, first at the 3:22 mark and another at 4:39 of the fourth quarter to begin the Thunderbird’s comeback attempt.
Down 10-8, Petterson would score with 1:02 left to play in regulation to make the score 10-9. Suddenly the game was within reach.
The Thunderbird’s comeback would falter as they couldn’t find the equalizer to end the game.
The pair of losses drops Halifax to 8-3 and a couple of games back of Buffalo at 10-1 for the top spot in the East Division.
Shayne Jackson, 2g 5a
Lyle Thompson, 3g
Brendan Bomberry, 3g
Ethan Walker, 3a
Clarke Petterson, 2g 3a
Eric Fannell, 2g 3a
Austin Shanks, 5a
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years. For the past five years, he’s been the Saskatchewan correspondent for LaxPhilly.