Elmira, NY – The Adirondack Thunder came from behind in the third period to earn a point but were unable to collect a second one as they fell 5-4 in the shootout to the Elmira Jackals on Saturday evening at First Arena in Elmira, NY. Casey Hohmann netted the game winning goal for the Jackals in the shootout, giving Adirondack its first loss in extra time this season.
The Thunder opened the scoring 8:58 into the game as forward Garrett Ladd buried his first goal of the season to make it 1-0 for Adirondack. After controlling much of the early part of the game, Adirondack struck first as Ladd collected a Michael Kirkpatrick rebound, kicked it to his stick and put it by Elmira netminder Niklas Lundstrom for the finish. The goal was the second of Ladd’s professional career, his first with Adirondack.
The visitors doubled their advantage less than three minutes later, as Kirkpatrick got his second point of the night, this a power-play goal, to make it 2-0. The Thunder centerman collected a pass at the offensive blueline, carried it into the slot and let a wristshot go that beat Lundstrom on the glove side. The goal for Kirkpatrick gave him his second multi-point game of the season. Assists on the play went to Ladd and defenseman Ryan Constant, the first career multi-point game for Ladd.
With the Jackals on the power play, a fortunate bounce cut the Thunder lead in half as Scott Jacklin capitalized for Elmira’s first goal. With the puck deep in the corner of the Adirondack defensive zone, Elmira’s Jacob McDonald went to pass the puck behind the goal line, but it ricocheted along the side of the goal, where Jacklin swatted it in for his fifth goal of the season, his second against the Thunder. McDonald and forward Cason Hohmann had the helpers on the play.
An early start to the second period saw the Thunder regain their two-goal lead 4:45 into the middle stanza, as Louick Marcotte put a shot from the right hand circle past Lundstrom for the Thunder’s third goal of the evening. Ryan Lomberg made a nifty move on Elmira defenseman Jacob McDonald and slid the puck to Marcotte, who one-timed it home for his seventh goal of the season. The goal continued Marcotte’s dominance against Elmira, with his fourth goal in three games, while Lomberg extended his scoring streak to five games with assist.
Elmira capitalized on two second period goals in quick succession to knot the score at three, with both goals coming off the stick of McDonald. The first goal, which came at the 15:10 mark of the second period, began with an Elmira rush into the offensive zone and Jackals captain Nathan Oystrick fed McDonald in the low slot, where the defenseman finished to make it 3-2. Just 63 seconds later, McDonald struck again, this off of a one-timer at the right point. Hohmann fed the puck through the slot and a crafty decoy play from Colin Jacobs left McDonald wide open for a one-timer, which he buried to knot the score at three.
The Jackals added one more before the break, this a four-on-four goal, to give them their first lead of the evening. After a turnover by the Thunder in the offensive zone, Elmira came in 2-on-1 against Appleby and Hohmann looked off his teammate on the rush and slotted a shot into the back of the net to make it 4-3.
After a series of power play chances in the third period, Adirondack was finally able to capitalize with 3:12 left in regulation, courtesy of Jeff Silengo’s first marker of the season. With Elmira down two men, Adirondack took advantage of the extra space and Silengo buried a Lomberg rebound at the right post to knot the score at four. The goal for Silengo came in his first game of the season, after he missed the first 13 with an injury. Lomberg and Constant had assists on the play, the second of the evening for Constant.
Overtime came and went with plenty of opportunities but no goals and Elmira was victorious in the shootout, with Hohmann netting the only goal with his third round tally.
The Thunder return to Glens Falls tomorrow to complete a back-to-back with a 3:00 p.m. matinee against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. The first post-game skate of the season will take place after the conclusion of the game and all fans are invited to come skate on the Thunder ice with the players.
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