It wouldn't be truthful to say that the Adirondack hockey community isn't suffering from a bit of a hangover - not having an AHL level team playing at the GFCC this season. That being said, the Thunder are doing their best to get the fans past this reality. The team finished October's schedule at 6-0-0 and atop of the ECHL. They are the first Adirondack team to start a season with six consecutive wins, bettering two Red Wings teams that had five (1989 and 1995).
The team plays an up tempo style and leads the league in power play efficiency at 34.6 percent. The ECHL has roster, veteran and weekly salary cap limits to manage to- but their signings have come together quickly. The top line is anchored by former Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers) and fan favorites Rob Bordson and Kyle Flannigan. Bordson leads the ECHL in both goals (5) and points (11) at this early point of the season. Joining Bordson and Flannigan on the top line is rookie Louick Marcotte, who is third in the ECHL in rookie scoring (5G, 2A). The QHJHL product has transitioned well and is benefiting nicely by playing with the veterans. He has good speed, goes hard on the forecheck and has a good heavy shot.
The recent call ups have not effected the team as of yet, but with the call up to Stockton of goaltender Kent Simpson, the team will have to rely on Ken Appleby - who is with the team on loan from the Albany Devils. Simpson was very solid in his two wins with Adirondack - a GAA of 2.00 and a save percentage of .939. Left wing Ryan Lomberg was also recalled by Stockton last week. The rookie forward had 4 goals and an assist in five games with the Thunder - and his high energy play will be missed on the second line.
The team is on a two week long road trip that brings them to both the mid west and the south.