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The Springfield Thunderbirds celebrate after defeating the Laval Rocket and earning a spot in the Calder Cup Finals. (Lucas Armstrong / Springfield Thunderbirds


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For the first time in more than three decades, the city of Springfield will have a team in the Calder Cup Finals. Wednesday night, the Springfield Thunderbirds defeated the Laval Rocket, 4-0 in a massive Game 7 performance at the MassMutual Center. The Thunderbirds will start off their Calder Cup series on the road against the Chicago Wolves in Game 1 at 4 p.m. Sunday. “We all feel that we’ve got one more challenge at hand,” Thunderbirds president Nate Costa said. “Obviously, when you get to this point of the season and you’re in the finals, both teams are obviously the best two teams in the entire league, right? So, it’s going to be a tough, tough battle, but, we’re here to support our boys and, we hope that we come back to Springfield and can get the job done.” While taking the time to celebrate hoisting the Frank Mathers Trophy, the Thunderbirds are aware their season is not over and will now shift their focus to the next challenge at hand.

“Wednesday was a pretty special night,” captain Tommy Cross said. “We’re definitely well aware that it’s just another step in where we’re trying to get to, but I think it was great that we kind of took a second to appreciate, you know, what we’ve accomplished this far and how hard it is to do that, and also keep our eye towards the future.

“We all had an understanding that once we left the rink on Wednesday, it was kind of like just moving on from any other game where you turn the page and look towards the next game,” Cross continued. “It’s kind of business as usual, preparing for the next series.”

Throughout the seven-game series, the Rocket and Thunderbirds traded wins and loses, but it was Springfield that ultimately came out on top. After a poor showing on Monday night where the Thunderbirds lost 5-1 and were completely out played, they came out on Wednesday with a sense of determination, dictating the pace of play from the opening face-off.

“I think it’s a confidence builder because obviously we didn’t play a great game in Game 6” Cross said. “I think sometimes it can be hard to rebound from games like that, but it shows a lot of maturity in our group that were were able to stabilize the ship and not get too far off course, and then come back and play a really, really solid Game 7.”

The Thunderbirds earned a first-round bye after finishing the regular season as the No. 2 seed. In the Atlantic Division Semifinals, they swept the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and followed it up with a sweep over the Charlotte Checkers in the Atlantic Division Finals.

Their first playoff loss came at the hands of Laval, snapping a seven-game winning streak in Game 2. Springfield has had a lot of success this playoff run, and Cross described the experience of going through ups and downs in the playoffs as being “hardened by battle.

As for Chicago, they have had a similar playoff path, earning a first-round bye and sweeping the Rockford IceHogs in the Central Division Semifinals. The Milwaukee Admirals were next, and the Wolves only suffered one loss and advanced to the Western Conference Finals against the Stockton Heat where they won the series 4-2.

“There’s a certain amount of adjusting, but also sticking to what you do well,” Cross said. “I think all playoffs, we’ve made a conceded effort to just reset and stay focused.”

After playing the first three games in Chicago, the Thunderbirds will return to the MassMutual Center on Wednesday and are excited to be in front of the loud Springfield crowd.

“We’ll be pretty fired up,” Cross said. “We realize what a good opportunity we’ve had, and we realize we still got to put some work in here but we’ll be excited for it.”

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