SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Springfield Thunderbirds, who completed a 3-0 sweep of the Atlantic Division Semifinals against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, will now face the top-seeded Charlotte Checkers in the Atlantic Division Finals.clicking here. The full schedule for the Atlantic Division Finals is as follows - games marked with an asterisk (*) will be played only if necessary.Charlotte earned its place in the Atlantic Division Finals by defeating the Bridgeport Islanders, three games to one, in their Atlantic Division Semifinal series. Puck drop for Game 1 is set for this Sunday, May 22 at 3:05 p.m. at the MassMutual Center; tickets for both Game 1 and Game 2 may be purchased by
- Game 1: Sunday, May 22- Checkers @ Thunderbirds, 3:05 pm
- Game 2: Wednesday, May 25- Checkers @ Thunderbirds, 7:05 pm
- Game 3: Saturday, May 28- Thunderbirds @ Checkers, 6:00 p.m.
- Game 4*: Sunday, May 29- Thunderbirds @ Checkers, 6:00 p.m.
- Game 5*: Tuesday, May 31- Thunderbirds @ Checkers, 7:00 p.m.
The Checkers, coached by former Thunderbirds bench boss Geordie Kinnear, hold the home-ice advantage in this series by virtue of their regular-season Atlantic Division title. Despite this, the Thunderbirds come into the series on a winning streak of seven games, having won the final four in their regular season before sweeping three games in the Atlantic Division Semifinals against the Penguins.During the clubs' eight-game season series, Springfield got the better of their division foes, going 6-2-0-0 against Charlotte, including a perfect 4-0-0-0 record inside the MassMutual Center against the Checkers.
The Springfield Thunderbirds have been the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues since 2020. This marks a continuation of hockey in Springfield, Mass. that dates back nine decades. Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Thunderbirds play their home games at MassMutual Center.
Entering their fifth season of play in 2021-22, the Thunderbirds have continued their substantial growth both on the ice and in the stands, averaging a team-record 5,262 fans per game inside the MassMutual Center.
“The Springfield Thunderbirds’ name represents the strength and pride of Western Massachusetts," said Nathan Costa, President of the Thunderbirds. "It is a nod to our hockey past, a tribute to the men and women of the Air Force who are so vital to this region, and a symbol of the new energy and spirit that is palpable in Springfield."
For more information on the Springfield Thunderbirds and to buy tickets, call 413-739-GOAL (4625) or visit their official website.