The Adirondack Thunder got slightly better results over the last week than the previous week. The Thunder won two and lost one game. Before we get to the game summaries, the Thunder reported some huge news on Tuesday. The Adirondack Civic Center Coalition has agreed to purchase the Thunder from the Calgary Flames, allowing them to “control our own destiny”, said Daniel J. Burke, who is the President of the Coalition. So, no telling what that means to us as Calgary Flames fans, but for right now, let’s focus on the team winning and chasing the Kelly Cup.
Friday night the Thunder hosted the Reading Royals and Dennis Kravchenko got things rolling scoring his 12th goal of the season, unassisted, near the end of the 1st period. The Royals would get the next two goals to pull ahead 2-1, but it was all Thunder from there. Kevin Lough scored an unassisted goal to tie the game up, followed by James Henry, scoring the game-winner, assisted by Kravchenko and Brock Montgomery. Kravchenko scored into an empty Royals net to seal the deal, making the final 4-2. Tom McCollum stopped 30 of 32 shots for the win.
Saturday night saw the Thunder set a franchise record for attendance at the Glens Falls Civic Center as 5,135 people watched the Thunder play host to the Brampton Beast. Stepan Falkovsky opened the scoring in the 1st period, assisted by Dennis Kravchenko and Brett Pollock. Falkovsky added another in the 2nd period, assisted by Kravchenko, to make it a 2-0 game. Brampton scored twice to start the 3rd period and tie the game up before Falkovsky completed the hat-trick, scoring his 20th goal of the season, assisted by Cullen Bradshaw and Gunnar Hughes. The Beast scored near the end of the 3rd to tie the game up again and send it to overtime. Overtime solved nothing, and in the shootout, Stepan Falkovsky scored his 4th goal of the game to give the Thunder a 4-3 shootout win. Tom McCollum stopped 26 of 29 shots for the win.
Tuesday night saw the Adirondack Thunder in Brampton to face the Beast again, but the result was not as flattering this time. The Thunder fired 23 shots at Brampton, but could not get any of them to go their way as the Beast shut-out the Thunder 3-0. Mason McDonald allowed 2 goals on 21 shots in the loss.
Peter MacArthur still leads the team in scoring with 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 points in 49 games (52nd 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 (31st in the ECHL) followed by J.P. Anderson with 10 wins. McDonald and Anderson both sport a goals against average of 2.78. Anderson leads the team with a 0.905 save percentage.
The Thunder moved up to 3rd in the North Division (4th in the Eastern Conference), with a record of 29 wins, 15 losses, 6 overtime losses and 4 shootout losses.
The Thunder’s next action comes tonight when they visit the Cincinnati Cyclones (Nashville Predators affiliate). Game time is 7:35pm EST (5:35pm MST).
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