Cincinnati, OH - The Adirondack Thunder suffered their first defeat of the season after a late Cincinnati goal gave the Cyclones a 4-2 victory on Friday evening at U.S. Bank Arena
The Thunder got the scoring underway in the first period as Alex Carrier buried his first of the regular season to make it 1-0 Adirondack. The big winger started the rush for the Thunder and saw his bid denied by Brad Thiessen, but the puck fell into the path of Mads Eller, who rang a shot off the post and directly into the path of Carrier, who swatted it home for the goal.
Cincinnati took advantage of a pair of Thunder penalties to take a 2-1 lead with two power-play goals late in the first period. First, it was Joe Pendenza who scored with the man advantage, on a shot where Adirondack netminder Ken Appleby had no chance. Jack Downing then collected his fourth goal of the season with 3:48 left in the first period, with Pendenza collecting an assist, along with blueliner Steve Weinstein.
Adirondack got an equalizer with less than five minutes to play in the third, as Carrier redirected home his second goal of the evening. A loose puck came to Dana Fraser in the high slot and Fraser’s shot was deflected past Thiessen by Carrier to knot the score at two. The goal gave Carrier the first two-goal game of his professional career and defenseman Ryan Constant extended his point streak to five games with the secondary assist.
The visitors thought they had earned a point but Cincinnati had other ideas. Forward Joe Wilson got to a puck deep in the Adirondack end and threw it in front of the net, off of a defenseman’s stick and right into the path of Pendenza, who went top shelf past a screened Appleby for the game winning goal. The Cyclones also added an empty netter to end the game at 4-2.
The Thunder miss out on the ECHL record for most consecutive wins to start a season as their winning streak ends at seven. Adirondack looks to get back to winning ways tomorrow evening as they visit the Toledo Walleye for a 7:15 faceoff.
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