Elmira, NY – The Adirondack Thunder got their 2015-16 season off to a hot start with a 4-1 victory over the Elmira Jackals on Friday evening at First Arena in Elmira, NY.
Louick Marcotte found the back of the net twice in his first career professional game, while Mathieu Brodeur and Ryan Lomberg also scored for Adirondack. Forward Rob Bordson added two assists and goaltender Ken Appleby finished with 29 saves on 30 shots.
The Thunder opened up scoring for not only the game but the league as a whole as Louick Marcotte finished off a nice passing sequence for a power-play goal 8:49 into the first period. Marcotte re-directed a feed from defenseman David Shields into the gaping net to finish off a solid power-play for Adirondack. The goal, the first of Marcotte’s professional career, was also the first across the ECHL during the 2015-16 season.
Adirondack controlled the play once again in the second period and were rewarded with their second power-play tally of the evening, this courtesy of defenseman Mathieu Brodeur. Winger James Henry fed defenseman Joe Faust at the left point and the blueliner sent a seeing-eye pass to Brodeur on the back post that he could not miss. The goal for Brodeur was his first career ECHL marker and the first goal in Thunder history from a defenseman.
The third period was an even faster start for the Thunder, as Ryan Lomberg redirected home a point shot from Brodeur 4:53 into the final stanza. A hard-nosed effort down low from Dana Fraser fed the puck up to Brodeur at the point. The six-foot-six blueliner lofted a shot at the net that Lomberg got his stick on for his first career professional goal. The point gave Brodeur a multi-point game, the first of his ECHL career.
The visitors would add a fourth as the top line of Marcotte, Bordson and Kyle Flanagan combined on a tic-tac-toe passing play for Marcotte’s second of the evening. A tenacious forecheck from Bordson jarred the puck free to Flanagan, who dished in one motion to Marcotte for the easy goal. The goal gave Marcotte and Bordson multi-point nights and Flanagan his first point of the season.
Elmira got on the board with just over four minutes left in the game on a pretty passing play of their own. Chris Langkow began the play with a pass through the slot to teammate Mike Seidel, who hit Scott Jacklin for the easy tap in goal ending Appleby’s shutout.
The Thunder are off for the rest of the weekend and are back in action a week from today in Brampton, ONT for a matchup with the Beast. Adirondack returns to the Civic Center the following night, October 24, for their home opener against the Manchester Monarchs.
Full season, partial season, flex and group ticket plans are now available to renew or purchase for the Adirondack Thunder’s inaugural 2015-16 season, presented by Bud Light, along with an Opening Night pack. To purchase tickets, contact the Adirondack Thunder front office at 518-480-3355 x1, visit echlthunder.com/season tickets or stop by the Adirondack Thunder front offices, located at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
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