The Adirondack Thunder have split two games since our last update, first losing to the Florida Everblades 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday, then winning against the Manchester Monarchs 4-2 on Tuesday night..
Saturday’s game began with a slow 1st period that only saw 11 shots between the two teams and no scoring. The flood gates opened up early in the 2nd period when Florida scored just 2:35 into the period and then got two goals in twenty seconds just over three minutes later to make it 3-0. The Thunder would finally get on the board at 10:27 of the 2nd period with Brian Ward scoring his 10th goal of the season from Patch Alber and Captain Peter MacArthur to cut the Florida lead to 3-1. Roman Dyukov scored five minutes later to cut the deficit to 3-2. Assists went to Greg Wolfe and Mathieu Brodeur. James Henry tied the game at 7:17 of the 3rd period with assists from Ty Loney and Alex Wall. Florida would take the lead again at 9:08 of the 3rd and then Adirondack tied the game again with about four minutes left with a goal from Mathieu Brodeur. Overtime solved nothing and former Thunder player Michael Kirkpatrick scored the only goal needed in the shootout to give the Everblades the 5-4 win. Calgary Flames prospect Mason McDonald stopped 25 of 29 shots in the shutout loss.
Tuesday night, the Thunder fell behind early again when Manchester made it a 1-0 game just six minutes into the game. The Thunder would get that goal back at 16:19 of the opening frame with Ty Loney scoring his 9th of the season from Dennis Kravchenko and Mathieu Brodeur to make it a 1-1 game. Manchester would take the lead again at 11:28 of the 2nd period and just over two minutes later James Henry once again tied the game for the Thunder scoring an unassisted short-handed goal. The 3rd period belonged to the Thunder as they got goals from Flames prospect Brett Pollock and Peter MacArthur into an empty net to make the final 4-2. Mason McDonald stopped 27 of 29 shots to record his 7th win of the season.
Ty Loney continues to lead the team in scoring with 9 goals and 10 assists for 19 points in 18 games (23rd in ECHL scoring).
Goalie Ken Appleby is leading the team with a 1.98 goals against average (4th in the ECHL) and a 0.915 save percentage (17th in the ECHL). Flames prospect Mason McDonald is leading the team in wins with 7 wins (10th in ECHL) and has a 2.62 goals against average and 0.896 save percentage.
The Thunder continue to lead the North Division (2nd in the Eastern Conference) with a record of 11 wins, 3 losses, 1 overtime loss and 3 shootout losses.
The Thunder’s next action comes with back to back home games against the Colorado Eagles on Friday and Saturday from the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York.
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