Kalamazoo MI - The Adirondack Thunder moved to 7-0 on the season with an epic come from behind victory over the Kalamazoo Wings, 3-2 in overtime, on Wednesday morning at the Wings Event Center. The Thunder overcame a two-goal deficit in the game's final 1:38 to knot the score at two before Rob Bordson won the game 2:12 into overtime.
The Wings originally got the scoring started midway through the first period with a goal 9:41 into the game. Forward Dane Fox sent a hail mary pass from deep in his own end, going off the boards and into the Thunder zone, where Colin Murray skated around the defense and rifled one past Adirondack netminder Ken Appleby for his second goal of the season. The Kalamazoo goal marked just the second time in seven games that the Thunder did not score the first goal of the game.
Kalamazoo increased its lead to two with less than two minutes to play in the third period when Fox found the back of the net himself. Alex Mallet's shot from the slot was denied by Appleby, but fox was on hand at the back post to bury the rebound. The goal was the first of the season for Fox, with Steven Kaunisto collecting the secondary assist on the play.
The Thunder answered quickly, however, to keep the game in reach when Ryan Constant found the loose puck in the left side face off dot in the Kalamazoo zone and blasted it home to make it a one goal game. The play was created after a Michael Kirkpatrick bid was blocked by the Wings defense and Constant one-timed home the loose puck to make it 2-1. For Kirkpatrick, the assist extended his scoring streak to six games, while Constant collected his first goal of the season.
In a bit of bedlam, Adirondack tied the game with 14 seconds remaining in regulation when defenseman David Shields one timed a feed from Rob Bordson, past Wings goaltender Joel Martin to send the game into overtime. After the Thunder won an offensive zone faceoff, Greg Wolfe moved the puck to Bordson, who managed it over to Shields who put his low shot inside the post, past Martin's right pad. Shields’ goal was his second on the year, increasing his point total seven and gives him back-to-back multi point games, including a secondary assist on Constant's marker.
Newly appointed Thunder Captain Rob Bordson remained hot as he buried the game winner just over two minutes into overtime. Wolfe let a shot go from the left hand circle, which was denied by Martin, and Bordson was on the spot in front with a backhanded tap in for his second overtime winner of the season. Bordson increased his ECHL leading goal and point totals to seven and 13 respectively with the winning goal, while Wolfe moved to a point-per-game pace with his second helper of the contest.
The Thunder improve their winning streak to seven out of the gates and look to tie the ECHL record for wins to start a season on Friday evening when they travel to Cincinnati to take on the 3-1-0-0 Cyclones at the US Bank Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:35.
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