The Adirondack Thunder and Manchester Monarchs met on Saturday night for the last Thunder game of the regular season in front of a packed barn in Glen Falls, New York. The Monarchs edged the Thunder by a score of 5-4 and the two teams will battle in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs beginning Wednesday in Manchester.
As reported by the Thunder website, the Monarchs opened the scoring around the mid-point of the 1st period when Michael Boivin's shot found it's way into the net through traffic in front of Thunder goalie Drew Fielding.
Then with 4:32 left in the 1st period, the Monarchs made it a 2-0 game when Zac Larazza got a juicy rebound kicked out by Fielding and popped it into the net. With just over a minute left in the 1st, the Monarchs extended their lead when Ryan McGrath tipped a shot past Fielding.
The Thunder finally showed signs of life with just under eight minutes left in the 2nd period when Mathieu Brodeur blasted a rocket past Monarch goaltender Doug Carr. Then about two minutes later looked like they would make a game of it when Michael Kirkpatrick assisted on a power-play goal by Terrence Wallin. The assist was Kirkpatrick's second of the game and team leading 60th point of the season.
Manchester stepped on the gas pedal again and scored two more goals in the first 10:48 of the 3rd period opening up their lead to 5-2.
With just over a minute left in the game, Alex Carrier brought the Thunder back to within two goals and with Fielding pulled for an extra attacker the Thunder would add one more by Greg Wolfe with just 37 seconds left but would come up short.
Thunder forward Patch Alber was the third star of the game with 3 assists and Michael Brodeur had a goal and an assist along with Michael Kirkpatrick notching 2 assists.
The Thunder will host a playoff game for the first time since 2006 on Saturday at 7:30.
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