The Adirondack Thunder are now in control of the East Coast Hockey League's Kelly Cup Eastern Conference Semifinal after a 3-1 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays Tuesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. (Adirondack Post Star website)
The Stingrays were first on the board 3:50 into the game and then at the 13:30 mark of the 1st period, Mitchell Heard notched his 4th goal of the playoffs on the power-play with a nice move in the slot and a quick shot.
Then at the 14:09 mark of the 2nd period, Thunder forward Ryan Lomberg, who has been hot in the playoffs, scored what would be the game winner after Stingrays forward Caleb Herbert put a pass right on Lomberg's stick.
"Herbert made a nice pass to me...he must have thought I was on his team and he put it right on my tape."
- Lomberg (Post Star article)
Gunnar Hughes would seal the game with an empty net goal with fifteen seconds left to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead in the series.
Thunder goaltender Ken Appleby stopped 28 of 29 shots and now has a record of 6 wins and 2 losses with a goals against average of 1.85 and 0.938 save percentage in the playoffs.
The Thunder won a wild Game #1 in South Carolina by a score of 6-4 and then dropped a tight defensive Game #2 by a score of 1-0. Game #4 goes tonight in Glens Falls.
Read more from the Game #3 summary.