The last week was a rough one for the Adirondack Thunder as they lost both games in Atlanta to the Gladiators, but ended up with a win in South Carolina.
The Thunder opened the scoring on Friday night against the Gladiators with Dennis Kravchenko’s 10th of the season, assisted from Brett Pollock and Greg Wolfe. Atlanta scored two goals to make it a 2-1 game after two periods. Stepan Falkovsky scored his 16th goal of the season to knot the game at 2-2. The lone assist went to Dennis Kravchenko. The Gladiators scored just over a minute into overtime for the 3-2 win. Mason McDonald allowed 3 goals on 30 shots in the overtime loss.
Saturday was pretty much the same. Atlanta opened the scoring with two goals in the 1st period. Dennis Kravchenko finally got the Thunder on the board in the 3rd period, scoring an unassisted goal on the power-play to make it a 2-1 game. Atlanta scored to make it 3-1, but just over two minutes later, Kevin Lough scored to cut into the Atlanta lead again. Assists went to Kravchenko and James Henry. Gunnar Hughes scored with under a minute to go in the game to send the teams to overtime for the second night in a row. Once again, Atlanta came out on top, scoring 3:29 into the extra period. J.P. Anderson allowed 4 goals on 31 shots in the overtime loss.
Sunday saw a much better performance from the Thunder. Peter MacArthur opened the scoring midway through the 1st period, assisted by Brock Montgomery and James Henry. Adirondack would score two more to start the 2nd period from Conor Riley and Peter MacArthur. Picking up assists were Cullen Bradshaw on the Riley goal and Brock Montgomery on the MacArthur goal. The Stingrays finally got on the board just over the midway mark of the 2nd period, cutting the Thunder lead to 3-1. Stepan Falkovsky scored his 17th goal of the season from Dean Yakura and Brett Pollock to restore the three goal cushion. South Carolina scored one more goal in the 3rd, but the Thunder would also get that one back with James Henry scoring into an empty net to make the final 5-2. Mason McDonald stopped 21 of 23 shots for his 11th win of the season.
Peter MacArthur now leads the team in scoring with 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 points in 46 games (43rd in ECHL scoring) followed by Ty Loney with 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points in 36 games.
Goalie Mason McDonald is leading the team in wins with 11 (27th in the ECHL) followed by J.P. Anderson with 10 wins. Anderson leads the team with a goals against average of 2.78 (11th in the ECHL) followed by Mason McDonald with a 2.81 GAA. Anderson leads the team with a 0.905 save percentage (17th in the ECHL).
The Thunder now sit 4th in the North Division (5th in the Eastern Conference), with a record of 27 wins, 14 losses, 6 overtime losses and 4 shootout losses.
The Thunder’s next action comes Friday, February 24th when they host the Reading Royals (Philadelphia Flyers affiliate). Game time is 7:00pm EST (5:00pm MST) from the Glens Falls Arena in Glens Falls, New York..
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