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HEARD IS THE WORD AS THUNDER ROLL OVER MONARCHS 6-1

Saturday, December 26th
HEARD IS THE WORD AS THUNDER ROLL OVER MONARCHS 6-1

Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder came back from their holiday break in a big way as they trounced the Manchester Monarchs by a 6-1 final on Saturday evening at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Adirondack came out of the gates at a blistering pace and opened the scoring just 3:09 in. Some nice puck movement in the offensive zone saw Peter MacArthur take the puck out of the corner and feed Bergin at the point, where the defenseman fired home for his first of the season. The assist was the first for MacArthur as a member of the Thunder, while Michael Kirkpatrick collected the secondary assist and extended his scoring streak to five games.

The Thunder extended their lead to two just less than three minutes later as the Wolfe, MacArthur, Kirkpatrick trio struck again. As the Thunder advanced the puck up ice, MacArthur fired a shot off the rush, which was stopped by Manchester netminder Cedric Desjardins, but Wolfe buried the rebound in front for the goal, his fifth of the season. Kirkpatrick’s second point pushed him to a point-per-game pace on the season, while MacArthur collected his first multi-point game in the ECHL since February 2, 2012, when he played for the Las Vegas Wranglers.

The home side made it a three-goal first period with just 37 seconds to play on a superb individual effort from Mitchell Heard. The Thunder forward took the puck from his own end, danced around a Manchester defenseman and went with a one-handed backhanded finish for the goal. The tally, Heard’s eighth of the season, came unassisted and matched Adirondack’s season high for goals in a period this season.

After a back-and-forth second period, the Thunder made it 4-0 off the stick of forward Jeff Silengo, who buried a nifty pass from Heard for his fifth of the season. The Thunder center fed the puck in front of Desjardins, where the awaiting Silengo slotted it home for the goal. The tally marked a multi-point game for Heard, his fifth of the season, while Ben Johnson picked up the secondary assist, his fifth point over his last five games.

The Adirondack lead grew to five just 80 seconds into the third period as Heard made it a three-point effort with his second goal of the game. Some terrific vision from Silengo found a streaking Mathieu Brodeur wide-open front. Brodeur’s shot was turned aside by new Manchester goaltender Colin Stevens, but Heard was at the back post to bury it for his ninth of the season. The helper moved Silengo to nine points in 11 games on the season, while the helper was Brodeur’s eighth.

Manchester got on the scoreboard 4:01 into the third as Stefan Legein collected his eighth goal of the season on the power play. After an errant Manchester shot hit Adirondack defenseman Patch Alber up high, the Monarchs collected the puck at the point and Derek Angeli’s shot was deflected past Adirondack netminder Drew Fielding to end the shutout bid.

The Thunder added a sixth goal in form of Silengo, who followed his own rebound to beat Stevens to make it 6-1. The University of New Hampshire graduate collected a pass from Mitchell Heard, fired his shot on net, and potted the rebound for his second tally of the evening.

These two teams will meet again, tomorrow , n Manchester at 3:00 p.m. as the Thunder look to complete a weekend sweep of the Monarchs. Adirondack returns to the Civic Center next week on Tuesday and Thursday, including the annual New Year’s Eve Game on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Don’t miss out on the speed, skill, strength and sounds of Thunder hockey with a partial season, flex or mini ticket plan today. The Adirondack Thunder have several mini-packs on sale now, consisting of two or four tickets, combined with a taste of downtown gift card. Send a jolt into your holidays with the gift of Adirondack Thunder hockey. For more information on all Thunder ticket plans, call 518-480-3355 x1 or visit echlthunder.com.

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