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Thunder Thursday: Adirondack Thunder Clinch Playoff Spot

The Thunder have clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a win on Tuesday night.

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It’s been a couple weeks since our last Adirondack Thunder update, and the Thunder have been busy. Since our last update the Thunder have 5 wins, 1 loss and 1 overtime loss.

On March 17th the Thunder hosted the Wheeling Nailers (Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate) and lost by a score of 5-2. Alex Wall and Brian Ward were the Thunder goal scorers while Cullen Bradshaw, James Henry and Dennis Kravchenko each picked up assists. Drew Fielding allowed 3 goals on 11 shots and was pulled just 28 seconds into the 2nd period. J.P. Anderson came in and allowed 1 goal on 12 shots.

The two faced off again the next night, this time with the Thunder coming out on top in a 5-4 overtime win. Goal scorers were Alex Wall, Cullen Bradshaw, Peter MacArthur, Conor Riley and Gunnar Hughes. Brian Ward picked up 3 assists, Roman Dyukov had 2 assists, and Alex Wall, Austin Orszulak, Ryan Culkin, James Henry and Peter MacArthur each had 1 assist. J.P. Anderson stopped 44 of 48 shots for the win.

The Thunder played for the third night in a row as they hosted the Atlanta Gladiators (Boston Bruins affiliate) on the 19th, but didn’t look tired at all, as they beat down the Gladiators 6-1. Kevin Lough, Cullen Bradshaw, James Henry, Roman Dyukov, Conor Riley and J.C. Campagna each had 1 goal. Dennis Kravchenko had 2 assists and Alex Wall, Austin Orszulak, Cullen Bradshaw, Ryan Culkin, Tim Harrison, Roman Dyukov, Brian Ward, Conor Riley and J.C. Campagna each had 1 assist. J.P. Anderson stopped 33 of 34 shots for the win.

The 20th saw the Thunder hosting the Orlando Solar Bears (Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate) in the last game of a 6-game home-stand and the home team did not disappoint, winning 4-2. Brian Ward scored 2 goals, while James Henry and Dennis Kravchenko each scored a goal. Peter MacArthur picked up 3 assists and Patch Alber, James Henry, Tim Harrison and Dennis Kravchenko each got an assist. J.P. Anderson stopped 52 of 54 shots for the win.

The Thunder split games with the Reading Royals (Philadelphia Flyers affiliate) on the 24th & 25th, first beating the Royals 2-1 with goals from J.C. Campagna and Cullen Bradshaw, who also had an assist. Also picking up assists were Brian Ward and Ryan Culkin. Mason McDonald stopped 31 of 32 shots and J.P. Anderson in relief stopped all 8 shots he faced. One night later, the Thunder lost by a score of 3-2. J.P. Anderson allowed 3 goals on 31 shots.

The Thunder were back at home Tuesday night to host the Orlando Solar Bears, and picked up another win, outscoring the Bears 5-4. Conor Riley scored 2 goals and Kevin Lough, Cameron Brown and J.C. Campagna each notched a goal. J.P. Anderson stopped 20 of 24 shots for his 15th win of the season. With the win, the Thunder have clinched a playoff spot.

Peter MacArthur still leads the team in scoring with 21 goals and 38 assists for 59 points in 59 games (31st in ECHL scoring) followed by James Henry with 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points in 62 games.

Goalie J.P. Anderson is leading the team in wins with 15 (25th in the ECHL) followed by Mason McDonald with 13 wins. McDonald and Anderson are tied with a goals against average of 2.72. Anderson leads the team with a 0.912 save percentage.

The Thunder now sit 1st in the North Division (2nd in the Eastern Conference), with a record of 36 wins, 20 losses, 7 overtime losses and 4 shootout losses.

The Thunder’s next action comes Friday when they host the Elmira Jackals (Buffalo Sabres affiliate). Game time is 7:00pm EST (5:00pm MST).

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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