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THUNDER TAKE DOWN READING 2-1 IN WALK-OFF FASHION

Thursday, December 31st
THUNDER TAKE DOWN READING 2-1 IN WALK-OFF FASHION

Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder won in walk-off fashion as they took down the Reading Royals by a 2-1 final in front of 3,905 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Thursday evening. Peter MacArthur scored both in regulation and in the shootout to send the largest crowd of the season home on a high note.

The Thunder opened the scoring this evening as they got on the board late in the first period, courtesy of MacArthur’s first goal of the season. After Reading netminder Adam Morrison denied MacArthur’s first bid, the Thunder forward streaked through the crease and buried his own rebound on the backhand at the 16:21 mark of the opening stanza. Michael Kirkpatrick and Ryan Culkin collected the assists on the play, the 15th of the season for Kirkpatrick, which gave him sole possession of the team lead.

Reading knotted the score at one as they came away with a late period goal of their own to close out the second period at 1-1. Defenseman Nick Luukko held the puck in the offensive zone and fired a wrist shot from the middle of the blueline that beat a screened Ken Appleby for the tying goal. Luukko’s tally, which came at the 16:02 mark of the first period, was his first of the season and came unassisted.

After a scoreless third period, the Thunder had several scoring chances during a thrilling 3-on-3 overtime but were unable to beat Morrison. Adirondack threw nine shots on net during the five minute 3-on-3 period, including numerous point blank opportunities, but the Reading netminder stood tall.

Dana Fraser then opened the shootout with a backhanded goal through Morrison’s legs, before a pair of Ken Appleby saves set the stage for MacArthur in round three. The Clifton Park native went forehand to backhand and into the top of the net for the game clinching tally.

Adirondack and Reading will take tomorrow off before they meet again in a back-to-back series in Pennsylvania this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The Thunder are back home next week as they host Manchester on Wednesday and South Carolina on Friday and Saturday at the Civic Center.

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.

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