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Thunder Thursday: Thunder Win 2 of 3 But Drop in Standings

Despite winning a couple games last week, the Thunder dropped a place in the Division and Conference.

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The Adirondack Thunder went 2-1 since our last update, splitting two games with the Reading Royals and beating the Norfolk Admirals once.

Let’s start on Friday when the Thunder visited the Reading Royals who opened up the scoring at 6:37 of the 1st period. Calgary Flames prospect Brett Pollock tied the game 1-1 midway through the 1st frame, with assists from Kevin Lough and Roman Dyukov. Periods 2 and 3 would be scoreless, taking us into overtime knotted 1-1. Just 1:13 into overtime, the Royals put the game away to take the 2-1 victory. Drew Fielding allowed just 2 goals on 29 shots in the loss.

Saturday the Thunder visited the Norfolk Admirals, and this time had a much better outcome. The Thunder opened the scoring just 1:17 into the game with Greg Wolfe scoring his 8th of the season, assisted by Alex Wall and Mikkel Aagaard. Norfolk would score two goals to make it a 2-1 game, but the Thunder added another in the 1st period from Stepan Falkovsky to tie the game 1-1. Assists went to Ryan Culkin and Brian Ward. The Thunder scored three unanswered to start the 2nd period, beginning with Gunnar Hughes, assisted by Brandon Baddock, and followed by Mikkel Aagaard scoring two, with the assist to Greg Wolfe on the first one, and Brett Pollock and Wolfe on the second to make it a 5-2 game. The Admirals added a goal in the 2nd period to cut the Thunder lead to 5-3 before Brett Pollock scored his 9th of the season to restore the three goal lead. Assists went to Roman Dyukov and Brian Ward. Norfolk added one more in the 3rd period to make it a 6-4 game, but James Henry sealed the deal potting an empty net goal with seventeen seconds left to make the final score 7-4. Drew Fielding stopped 26 of 30 shots for his 4th win of the season.

The Thunder then hosted the Reading Royals on Tuesday night where they got on the scoreboard first with Alex Wall scoring in the 1st period, assisted by Peter MacArthur and Greg Wolfe. The Royals tied the game up in the 2nd period, and added another goal in the 3rd to pull out to a 2-1 lead with just five minutes left in the game, but Greg Wolfe scored just twenty one seconds later, assisted by Peter MacArthur and Mikkel Aagaard. Regulation would end with a 2-2 tie and overtime solved nothing so the game went to a shootout. The Thunder got goals from Greg Wolfe and James Henry, and J.P. Anderson stopped two of the three Royals shooters to give the Thunder a 3-2 win. Anderson also stopped 36 of 38 shots in the game for his 8th win of the season.

Ty Loney continues to lead the team in scoring with 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in 30 games (51st in ECHL scoring) followed by Peter MacArthur with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 35 games.

Goalie Mason McDonald is leading the team in wins with 9 (25th in the ECHL) followed by J.P. Anderson with 8 wins. Ken Appleby leads the team with a goals against average of 1.98 (7th in the ECHL) followed by J.P. Anderson with a 2.65 GAA and Drew Fielding with a 2.74 GAA. Appleby leads the team with a 0.915 save percentage (20th in the ECHL) followed by J.P. Anderson with a 0.912 save percentage.

The Thunder now sit 5th in the North Division (9th in the Eastern Conference), with a record of 19 wins, 12 losses, 4 overtime losses and 3 shootout losses.

The Thunder’s next action comes Friday, January 27th when the they host the Reading Royals (Philadelphia Flyers affiliate). Game time is 7:00pm EST (5:00pm MST) from the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York.

Check back each and every Thursday for Thunder Thursday where we will update you on all news and scores from the Adirondack Thunder.

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